Hawks' Swim Opener Comes With a Kick
Feb 11, 2016

HAWKS' SWIM OPENER COMES WITH A KICK

Well, that didn't take long.

The Las Positas swimming & diving teams enjoyed exceptional performances in the first meet of the season, the Northern California Community College Relays in Santa Rosa last week.

Now the stage is set for Friday's Coast Conference Kickoff Meet at Las Positas.

LPC shattered two meet records -- extra-impressive accomplishments when you consider that the NorCal relays used to be held late in the season when swimmers were at their peak.

"They shattered both records by quite a bit. It was impressive," LPC coach Jason Craighead said.

In the men's 400 medley relay, the team of RJ Scott (Amador Valley High), Anthony Jhong (Amador Valley), Matt Lee (Washington) and Emil Graverson (Mission San Jose) had a meet record time of 3:44.91, easily bettering the old mark of West Valley (3:46.42, 1982).

Scott, Lee and Graverson also obliterated the 300 backstroke relay meet mark by five seconds with a time of 2:39.44.

"It's a lot of fun," Craighead said of the NorCal Relay meet. "Great team-bonding, I think that's the most important thing. They all have to interact with each other and do relays. ? I like it really early in the year. It serves a lot of good purposes for us."

Sierra took the men's team title with 148 points, and LPC finished tied for second with Santa Rosa, both at 114, a noteworthy showing for the Hawks.

"It was kind of nice," Craighead said. "We have a small school. Both of those schools have at least double the enrollment. We're the little guy and we're catching them fast. I love it."

In women's action, the Hawks, competing without two heavy hitters, had some good early swims, including winning the 200 medley relay (2:00.19) with a team of Alex Torrez (Dublin), Charissa Taylor (Liberty), Claire Piazza of Livermore, and Paris Sinclair (Amador Valley).

Torrez, a backstroker, had a strong performance overall, leading off everything.

"She was the first to the wall every time," Craighead said of Torrez. "She's close to qualifying for the state championships already, and the same thing with Paris Sinclair, who had a very impressive 200 freestyle, leading off our 800 free relay."

The Hawks' duo of Kaitlin Hausmann and Alice Williams took first in the women's diving. The Hawks also won the women's and men's 250-yard Bill Anttila relay.

This marks the first year the Hawks are hosting the Coast Conference Kickoff meet, held annually at the site of the school hosting the conference championship.

Thus, the Hawks will get a double treat on Friday in being able to show off their program and their sparkling facilities.

"It will be a good reflection for our community," Craighead said. "We have some outstanding athletes, both men and women, and they're all local, from the Tri-Valley and a few from just outside. We're looking forward to having it on a holiday and having both parents and families being able to come out."