Ursuline, Maria Carillo take NBL swim titles


The final swim team in Ursuline High history went out a winner Saturday as the Bears captured the North Bay League title.
The all-girls school, which will close in several weeks, took the team banner with 455 points in the meet held at Santa Rosa Junior College. Montgomery finished in the runner-up spot with 422.
Maria Carrillo claimed the boys’ title with 508 points, 101 more than Ukiah.
Ursuline swimmers captured blue ribbons in four of the 12 events, including two by Allison Straus.

The junior left no doubt she is the fastest sprinter in the league as she captured the 50- and 100-yard freestyle race. In the 100, she edged teammate Mackenzie Carl (26.18 to 27.73) and in the 200, her time of 56.83 was nearly two seconds quicker than runner-up Meghan O’Rourke of Montgomery.

Taylor Young was the other Ursuline individual winner. The sophomore’s time of 1:06.06 in the 100 breaststroke gave her a berth in the North Coast Section Championships next Friday and Saturday in Concord.

Julia Personeni completed a one-two sweep in the event by finishing in 1:09.76.

The Bears’ other first-place finish came in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of Jesse and Jeannette Butler, Morgan Edgar and Personeni cruised to an easy victory over Santa Rosa in 1:52.48.

Montgomery’s Jenna Bauer had an outstanding day as her winning times in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke were fast enough to qualify for NCS. She was overpowering in the 200 as her clocking of 1:52.20 was nearly 12 seconds faster than runner-up Personeni.
Bauer was also on the winning Montgomery 200 medley relay team that edged out Ursuline, 1:56.31 to 1:56.37.

Her teammates were Kate Sabouin, Angelica Nowack and Meghan O’Rourke.
The victory by the Maria Carrillo boys was expected, as the Pumas finished the regular season with an 8-0 mark.

“We have a lot of depth and that was the difference,” coach Kara Myers said. “We had three or four swimmers in some event finals and when you’re that deep, you’re going to pick up points.

“Last year, we tied with Cardinal Newman. This year, our depth made the difference.” Newman finished third with 348.
Richard Liang was a big point producer for Carrillo as the junior took a first in the 100 breaststroke and a second in the 200 IM.

“Richard’s got great technique,” Myers said. “He excels in a lot of events and I was able to use him where we needed during the regular season. He swims year-round and he’s really improved.”

Ukiah had a pair of double winners in Danny Selzer and Marcus Ramirez.
Sophomore Selzer took the 100 and 200 freestyle races while senior Ramirez picked up blue ribbons in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

Following the top three teams in the standings were: Montgomery (234), Rancho Cotate (163), Santa Rosa (122), Willits (98) and Piner (23).

On the girls’ side, following Ursuline and Montgomery were: Maria Carrillo (389), Ukiah (180), Santa Rosa (174), Rancho Cotate (149), Willits (142) and Piner (44).