The impressive Las Positas men’s and women’s swimming teams repeated as Coast Conference champions last week at Ohlone.
The Hawks displayed impressive depth, individual excellence, and camaraderie.Matt Lee and Paris Sinclair led the way with three individual titles apiece to collect Swimmer of the Meet Awards (high point.) “It was an exciting three days of competition, filled with outstanding performances from not only our swimmers, but the entire Conference,” Las Positas coach Jason Craighead said. “Our depth proved to be much more than that of the rest of the Conference, with Las Positas College continually outscoring all teams each day and building to a definitive victory.”
He added that “we won as a team, with every athlete scoring in at least one event. A true team effort!”The Hawks will learn this week who qualified for the CCCAA State Championships May 4-6 at East Los Angeles College. The top 16 entrants in each event advance to state.
A bunch of Las Positas swimming records were set in the conference meet.
Anthony Jhong set a mark in the 100 breast (57.15), and Sinclair set the record in the 500 free (5:13.96). Other Hawks school record breakers included the men’s 800 free relay of Jhong, Emil Graversen, Lawrence Li, and Matt Lee (7:11.46); women’s 200 medley relay of Alex Torrez, Mackenzie Bammer, Gaby Perez, and Sinclair, (1:51.44); women’s 400 relay of Sinclair, Perez, Torrez, and Amaya Batiza (3:41.44); and women’s 800 free relay of Sinclair, Batiza, Perez, and Aileen Sullivan (8:17.77).
The Tri-Cities FC Otters, an amateur team from Johnson City, Tenn., that plays in the Premier Development League, has added former Las Positas star Marco Neves to its 2017 roster.Neves, who is headed to Seton Hall in the Big East Conference, was named an NSCAA All-American after scoring 25 goals and dishing off seven assists for the Hawks last season.The Otters' season will begin May 23 in South Carolina.
-- Matt Schwab