NBL swimming: Maria Carrillo dominates league championship meet

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

From left, Windsor's Tanar Miller, Ukiah's Harris Bedford and Maria Carrillo's Cliff Tai jump into the water at the start of the boys 200-yard freestyle race during the NBL swimming championships at Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

From left, Windsor’s Tanar Miller, Ukiah’s Harris Bedford and Maria Carrillo’s Cliff Tai jump into the water at the start of the boys 200-yard freestyle race during the NBL swimming championships at Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo High School continued its stronghold on NBL swimming Saturday as both its girls and boys teams scored clear-cut victories in the league’s annual meet at Santa Rosa JC.

The boys took the team title with 465 points, while Ukiah was second with 393. The girls racked up 437 points, 141 more than runner-up Santa Rosa.

It was the third title in a row for the Pumas’ girls team and fourth straight for the boys.

“Depth is important in a meet like this, and we’re deep,” coach Kara Myers said. “Needless to say, I was really pleased.

“This year’s group has been great. Everyone helps out, and the enthusiasm has been awesome.”

As for individual efforts, Carrillo’s Stefan Keller set three league meet marks.

The junior lowered records in the 200 individual medley with a clocking of 1 minute, 55.34 seconds, and then posted a time of 59.81 in the 100 breaststroke.

Keller finished his day by swimming the second leg in the 400-yard free relay. The team was credited with a clocking of 3:21.53, a meet record. His teammates are Shannon Fong, C.J. Olson and Cliff Tai.

Fong also had a big meet as he won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

In one of the most anticipated races of the afternoon, Windsor’s Micaela Luders (4:58.23) nipped Montgomery’s Jenna Bauer (4:58.61) in the 500 freestyle.

Luders also won the 100 backstroke in 57.82. Santa Rosa’s Reilly Clarkson (1:01.21) was second.

Two of the closest races of the day came in the girls 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

In the breaststroke, Santa Rosa’s Berklee Welsh (1:07.66) nipped Montgomery’s Theresa Nowak (1:07.82), while in the butterly, Carrillo’s Victoria Le (58.20) edged teammate Alexandra Fong (58.61).

In 1-meter diving, blue ribbons went to Montgomery’s Tanner MacDonald and Carrillo’s Elizabeth Perry.

MacDonald’s point total of 399.65 earned him an invitation to compete in the North Coast Section championships next week in Concord.

Diving will be on Thursday, with preliminaries for swimming on Friday. The finals are set for Saturday.

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