State championship swim meet proposed


Empire prep swimmers could compete to be California’s best if officials approve a state championship meet.

Proposed by the Southern Section, a state swim and diving championship would debut in May 2015.

The event is being reviewed by each of the 10 sections under the California Interscholastic Federation. The North Coast Section takes up the proposal at its meeting Monday. A final vote at the state level is expected in February.

California once held state high school swimming championships, the last one sometime in the 1920s.

A state swim and diving championship would follow similar events in other individual sports, including track and field, cross country, wrestling and golf.

“This kind of follows the same model,” NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon said. “The swimming in California is pretty phenomenal. It would be a great opportunity for those kids to participate in such an event.”

The state’s top swimmers at the high school level culminate the season with section championships. The NCS meet is held in Concord in the middle of May.

Under the proposal, a CIF state championship would be held the last weekend in May.

Sections would get a certain number of swimmers for each event. For instance, the Southern Section would have five given the section’s large size, and the NCS would have three. Sections also would be allowed to enter additional swimmers who meet state qualifying standards.

“The swimming in our section is fairly strong. There’s potential for more entries,” Lemmon said.

Some of the section’s best times have come from Empire swimmers. Those swimmers include on the girls side: Amanda Sims, Montgomery; Maya DiRado, Maria Carrillo; Molly Hannis, Santa Rosa; Allie Davis, Windsor; Penelope and Sophia Yamauchi, Montgomery; Taylor Young, Cardinal Newman; Riley Scott, Petaluma; Jenna Bauer, Montgomery, and Rebecca Baxley, Analy.

Top section times among Empire boys include: Joseph Rossetti, Santa Rosa; Sam Haley, Windsor; Ben Whitenack, Healdsburg; Graham Lentz, Casa Grande; Max Horrell, Analy; Nate Kuhn, Analy, and Jon Knox, Analy.

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