HAWKS SWIMMERS MAKE NATIONAL GRADE

The Las Positas men's and women's swimming and dive teams not only made big marks in the Coast Conference and CCCAA State Championships this past season, but the Hawks also made ripples nationally.

The top 16 marks in the country earned All-American honors, and the top 16 in the state made the All-State team.

Hawks diver Valentina Barbalinardo wound up in the top four nationally in 1-meter and 3-meter diving, both All-American standards. Also, Amaya Batiza finished No. 4 (AA) in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle.

Alex Torrez was No. 6 (AA) in the women's 100 backstroke. The Hawks women's 200 medley relay of Torrez, Mackenzie Bammer, Gabriela Perez, and Paris Sinclair finished No. 5 (AA).

On the men's side, Jonny Stalie finished fifth (AA) in the 1m dive, and Matt Lee paced the Hawks swimmers with a No. 7 (AA) in the 100 back. A trio of stellar men's relay teams all finished in the top five (AA): 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley.

Here is a rundown of State and All-American rankings for Las Positas swimmers and divers:

Women

*All-State/**All-American

Alex Torrez

  • 50 free 4th/11th
  • 100 back 4th/6th

Gabriela Perez

  • 100 Fly 15th/21st
  • 200 Back 16th/20th

Amaya Batiza

  • 500 free 10th/14th
  • 400 IM 9th/14th
  • 1650 free 3rd/4th

Paris Sinclair

  • 500 free 4th/8th
  • 200 free 5th/8th
  • 1650 free 4th/6th

Gabriella Lemoine

  • 1 meter 8th/15th
  • 3 meter 9th/14th

Valentina Barbalinardo

  • 1 Meter 3rd/4th
  • 3 meter 2nd/3rd

200 free relay

Mackenzie Bammer, Alex Torrez, Gabriela Perez, Julia Vares 16th/20th

400 free relay

Paris Sinclair, Gabriela Perez, Alex Torrez, Amaya Batiza 10th/12th

800 Free relay

Amaya Batiza, Aileen Sullivan,Gabriela Perez, Paris Sinclair 7th/8th

400 Medley

Alex Torrez, Mackenzie Bammer, 8th/11th Gabriela Perez, Paris Sinclair 

200 Medley

Alex Torrez, Mackenzie Bammer, 4th/5th Gabriela Perez, Paris Sinclair

MEN

Addison McLaggin

  • 100 breast 10th/16th
  • 200 breast 16th/23rd

Caleb Wagner

  • 100 breast 16th/25th

Anthony Jhong

  • 100 breast 9th/15th
  • 200 breast 8th/13th

Emil Graversen

  • 200 IM 11th/15th
  • 400 IM 7th/9th
  • 200 back 4th/7th

Matt Lee

  • 50 free 10th/18th
  • 100 fly 9th/16th
  • 100 back 5th/7th

Jonny Stalie

  • 1 meter 3rd/5th
  • 3 meter 5th/7th 

200 free relay

Matt Lee, Emil Graversen,Michael Eckles, Ryan Eckles 3rd/4th

400 free relay

Matt Lee, Emil Graversen,Michael Eckles, Ryan Eckles 4th/5th

800 free relay

Anthony Jhong, Emil GraversenLawrence Li, Matt Lee 12th/14th 

400 Medley

Lawrence Li, Anthony JhongMatt Lee, Ryan Eckles 5th/7th

200 Medley

Matt Lee, Anthony Jhong, Michael Eckles, Ryan Eckles 4th/5th 

*All-State= Top 16 in California

**All-American= Top 16 in the country