SPLASHING START FOR HAWKS
The Las Positas College men’s and women’s swimming teams are off to strong starts in the new season.
In a meet against perennial NorCal power Diablo Valley, the Hawks acquitted themselves very well.
The women’s team fell 107.5-78.5 to the Vikings, but the meet would have been a cliffhanger had the host Vikings had diving boards, as the Hawks are strong in diving.
The Las Positas men beat DVC 99-82, and the result would have been more lopsided with diving.
In the women’s meet, sophomore standout Paris Sinclair won her individual events, the 100 and 200 freestyles, and was on the winning 200 free relay, along with Julia Vares, Mackenzie Bammer and Gabby Perez.
Amaya Batiza cruised to victory in the 500 freestyle.
On the men’s side, sophomore speedster Matt Lee won his individual races, 50 free and 100 backstroke, as well as the 200 medley relay, along with Lawrence Li, Anthony Jhong, and Ryan Eckles, which set the tempo for the meet. Other event winners: Jhong, 100 breast; Emil Graversen, 200 IM; and Lawrence Li, 100 fly.
"It was great to start off our season with a win against a traditional powerhouse,” said Las Positas coach Jason Craighead. “The highlights show the event winners, but they did not win the meet alone. We have a great team with quite a bit of depth that raced well and scored well, and together they contributed to an exciting day in LPC Swim & Dive history.”
Las Positas split games last week, routing district-rival Chabot 110-61 and falling to state No. 1 CCSF 83-76, despite making a big push on the touted Rams in the second half.
The Hawks (20-7, 6-5), who have lost three of four, are in fourth place in the powerful Coast-North with one game remaining, at Skyline on Friday.
Keith Hunter had a huge game against Chabot with 33 points and 10 rebounds, and Stokley Chaffee had 15 points, 11 boards and five steals. Hunter also had a double-double against CCSF with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks outscored CCSF 51-38 in the second half but simply ran out of time in the comeback. They have split games with CCSF this season.
The Hawks figured to have a difficult week against the top-two teams in the Coast-North, and even though they lost to Chabot 68-50 and CCSF 91-62, the young team showed plenty of drive.
Las Positas trailed San Francisco just 38-35 at halftime after outscoring the Rams 22-19 in the second quarter. But CCSF(23-3, 10-0) took command in the third quarter. Janelle Bumagat led the Hawks with 25 points and Samantha Roney had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Against Chabot, Roney had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Bumagat had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds. Chelsea LeVeille had 10 rebounds.