Maria Carrillo's Stefan Keller . (Alvin Jornada, For The Press Democrat)

Empire Swimming & Diving Bests

The top marks in swimming and diving in the Redwood Empire for the 2015 season. Read Article →
In this November 2014 file photo, Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen takes first place in Division 5 with a time of 18:36 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. 
(Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Bowen wins 3,000m at Stanford

Locals put on a fine showing at the super-competitive Stanford Invitational track meet last weekend in Palo Alto, highlighted by Rylee Bowen’s victory in the 3,000 meters. Read Article →

Empire athletes awarded NCS scholarships

The North Coast Section Foundation handed out $1,000 scholarships to nine Empire athletes who averaged a minimum 3.3 GPA and were involved in other activities. Read Article →
Analy senior Jon Knox poses underwater with teammates during practice with the Neptune Swimming club. Photo: Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat

All-Empire boys swimming: Jon Knox quieted his doubts

Analy's Jon Knox is our 2014 All-Empire swimmer of the year. Read Article →

More honors for SRJC swimmers

Thirteen Bear Cubs from the men's and women's swimming earned All-American honors for their efforts this past season. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Empire swimmers move up in rankings

Swimmers make splash at North Coast Section Championships Read Article →
Montgomery's Jenna Bauer, right, and Windsor's Micaela Luders, talk in the pool before an event earlier this season. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

NCS Swimming & Diving Championships: Empire participants

The Empire has a strong representation of competitors at this weekend's NCS Swimming and Diving Championships Read Article →
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)

NBL swimming: Maria Carrillo dominates league championship meet

The Pumas swept both the boys and girls team titles. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Carrillo swim teams seek to defend titles

Maria Carrillo boys, girls teams undefeated going into this week’s meets Read Article →
Montgomery senior Jenna Bauer has the Redwood Empire's all-time best times in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Photo by Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat

Girls swimming: All-time Empire top performances

GIRLS 50 FREESTYLE 23.47 – Jenna Johnson, Ursuline, 1983 23.71 – Amanda Sims, Montgomery, 2005 23.78 – Teresa Wilson, Deep Valley Christian, 2003 23.86 – Maya DiRado, Maria Carrillo, 2009 24.09 – Kristina Guillory, Rancho Cotati, 1997 100 FREESTYLE 49.82 – Maya DiRado, Maria Carrillo, 2010 51.26 – Rebecca Baxley, Analy, 2012 51.28 – Teresa […] Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Analy swimmers make a splash

Both the Tigers girls and boys teams are undefeated in the SCL with three league meets remaining Read Article →

Swimming: Montgomery boys, girls top Newman

Jenna Bauer leads the Viking girls with two first-place finishes Read Article →
Jenna Bauer

Swimming: Montgomery’s Jenna Bauer aims for 1st section title

Vikings senior looks to cap high school swimming career with a North Coast Section title. Read Article →

Empire swimming bests for the week of April 7

The best swimming times for Empire athletes this week. Read Article →

College recruiting realities

Montgomery forum Wednesday. Topics include: The school picks you; athletes must market themselves; find funding beyond the athletic scholarship. Read Article →
Casa Grande's John Porchivina is headed to Cal to play football (Photo by Beth Schlanker, The Press Democrat)

UPDATE: College Commitments for Empire Athletes, 2013-14

Comprehensive list of area athletes signing to play college athletics Read Article →

State championship swim meet proposed

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

Empire swimmers earn national swim team spots

By MICHAEL COIT THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A trio of Empire swimming greats have been named to two different USA Swimming national teams. Maya DiRado, now at Stanford, and Molly Hannis, swimming at Tennessee, made the 2013-14 national team. Petaluma’s Riley Scott was named to the 2013-14 national junior team. Athletes earning the honor of making […] Read Article →
Petaluma's Riley Scott finished 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke, her one event, and did not make the finals at the world championships in Duabi, the United Arab Emirates. (Courtesy of the Scott family)

Petaluma swimmer caps summer with world championships appearance

Riley Scott came up short in the 200-meter breaststroke finals in Dubai, finishing 15th. Read Article →

Empire swimmers make national teams

DiRado, Hannis, Scott had the top six times in their events Read Article →
Alyssa Navratil, a sophomore volleyball and softball player at Rancho Cotate High, has a question during baseline concussion testing at the school Saturday morning. 
Credit: Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Rancho Cotate launches concussion program

Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park on Saturday launched what backers are calling the most comprehensive concussion awareness program among high school athletic programs in Sonoma County. Read Article →
Petaluma junior Riley Scott earned a spot on the U.S. team at the world junior swimming championships in Dubai.

Petaluma High’s Scott makes USA Swimming team for world junior championships

Breakthrough swims at U.S. Open Championships put Scott at top of nation’s juniors in 200 breaststroke Read Article →
United States's Elizabeth Beisel, and United States's Maya Dirado swim in a Women's 400m individual medley heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (Photo by David J. Phillip, Associated Press)

DiRado places fourth in 400 IM final at world championships

Maria Carrillo High grad Maya DiRado fell just shy of a bronze medal Read Article →

DiRado helps U.S. relay team win gold

The Maria Carrillo graduate swam for the American team that finished third in the 200-meter freestyle semifinal race and qualified for the finals. Read Article →

Carrillo grad falls short of qualifying for 200-meter butterfly finals

Maya DiRado advanced through Wednesday's preliminary round, but finished 12th in the semifinals of the world swim championships in Barcelona. Read Article →
Taylor Young, Cardinal Newman.  (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

2013 All-Empire Girls Swimming: Cardinal Newman’s Young saved best for last

Taylor Young will be attending Cal starting this fall on a swimming scholarship, where she will be swimming alongside Olympian Missy Franklin. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo graduate Maya DiRado is swimming in three events at the FINA World Championships starting July 19 in Barcelona, Spain. (Stanford University)

After making U.S. team, Carrillo grad ready to take on world

Maya DiRado, now a senior at Stanford, will compete in the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, later in July. Read Article →

Former Empire standouts fall short of podium spots at world swim trials

Maya DiRado (Maria Carrillo) finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle. Molly Hannis (Santa Rosa) finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke. Read Article →
Maya DiRado qualified for the world championship swim meet next month in Barcelona by placing second Tuesday in the 200-meter butterfly final at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials in Indianapolis. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press, 2012)

Maria Carrillo graduate qualifies for world swim championships

Maya DiRado placed second in the 200-meter butterfly to earn a spot in the world championship next month in Barcelona. Read Article →
Molly Hannis, who was a standout swimmer at Santa Rosa High, is now a college sophomore swimming for the University of Tennessee. (Photo by University of Tennessee Athletic Department)

College swimming: Hannis, DiRado aiming high

Local swimmers heading to U.S. trials, aiming for spots at world championships Read Article →