San Ramon Valley-Danville boys win state swim title

The San Ramon Valley-Danville boys swim team used depth and the individual championship of junior Allen Dempster to win the CIF State Championship on Saturday at Clovis West High.

Dempster won the 100-yard backstroke in 48.44 seconds, edging Canyon-Anaheim’s Kevin Childs (48.61) one race after the Wolves won the 200 free relay to key the team’s championship.

The Wolves finished with 177 points to edge Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (174). Bellarmine, paced by the performance of Max Saunders, placed fifth (134) and Foothill-Pleasanton (94) was sixth.

Seven of the top 10 girls teams were from the Metro Area, the highest being St. Francis (134) at third. But Santa Margarita-Rancho Santa Margarita (230) won going away.

Monte Vista-Danville’s girls, who finished sixth, got a dominating championship from senior Zoie Hartman in the 200 individual medley, winning in 1:55.29, by almost six seconds over Clovis Central senior Averee Preble (2:01.24). Hartman came back to win the 100 breaststroke convincingly, touching in 59.92 over Gunn-Palo Alto sophomore Melania Julia (1:01.44).

Miramonte-Orinda senior Sophi Kosturos (100 backstroke, 52.94) was the only other local female winner.

San Ramon Valley’s boys placed fifth in the 200 medley relay to start the day in 1:31.33, well back of Loyola-Los Angeles (129.78), but the team of Matthew Muaddi, Jack Wilkerson, Gavin Wight and Harry Flanders came back to win the 200 free relay in 1:22.13. That keyed SRV’s title.

Muaddi and Flanders also took key fourth-place finishes in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, respectively.

Saunders, a senior, won the 200 freestyle in 1:35.08, edging Oak Ridge junior Coby Mefford (1:35.57). He then took second in the 100 free final in 43.74, losing barely to Bella Vista senior Finn O’Haimhirgin (43.71).

Other male champions included Harker-San Jose junior Ethan Hug, who took the 200 individual medley (1:45.44) and the 100 butterfly (45.72).

In boys diving finals, Cupertino freshman Raphael Tourette (519.95) placed third and Mitty sophomore Adam Wesson (496) was fifth.

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Tri-Valley: At Dublin, Marshall Lott won the triple jump (45 feet, 6 inches), tied for the high jump title (6-6) and took third in the long jump, leading California-San Ramon (69) to a narrow team title over Clayton Valley-Concord (68), which got two wins from senior Cameron Reynolds in the 200 meters (21.72 seconds) and 400 (49.22).

Pittsburg (55 points) won the first running event of the day, the 400 relay (48.58) and used its depth from there to take the girls championship with 55 points over Amador Valley-Pleasanton (44), which had a big meet from Oregon-bound sprinter Chinyere Okoro. She recorded a personal best while taking the 100 (11.60) and the 200 (24.10).

Concord’s girls finished fourth with 40 points, all off two wins each from senior Rayna Stanziano in the 1,600 (4:52.66) and 800 (2:13.52), and junior Airiana Dargan in the long jump (18-0), triple jump (37-9) and long jump (18-0).

Dublin senior Christopher Middleton-Pearson also pulled off an impressive double, taking the 1,600 (4:12.92) and the 3,200 (9:20.73). Probably the most eye-opening mark of the day came from Northgate-Walnut Creek junior Austin Kresley, who won the 100 in 10.65, well ahead of runner-up Armando Nevarez, of De La Salle-Concord, in 10.93.

Kresley’s fastest wind-legal time coming into the day was 10.97, according to athletic.net. Kresley also placed second in the 200 (22.03).

Dublin senior Donald Davis won the 110 high hurdles (14.63) and the 300 hurdles (39.47).

Max Preps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/San-Ramon-Valley-Danville-boys-win-state-swim-13838800.php.

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