San Marino High School was well represented in the Rio Hondo League Swimming Championships with the boys’ and girls’ teams fighting for first place down to the final race last Friday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
The girls’ team tallied 442 points and finished just behind La Cañada (459 points), but the Titans clinched at least a share of the of the league crown by winning all league meets prior to the finals. Head coach Mark Barr guided San Marino to its third league title in the past four years.
The SMHS boys needed to win the finals competition for a chance to share the league title the Spartans. The Titans fell just short with 439 points, which wasn’t enough to top La Cañada’s score of 486 points.
Kali Villaluna led the girls by winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.19 seconds and 100 backstroke with a time of 59.02 seconds.
The junior Titan was also part of two winning relay teams. She grouped with Sophia Yao, Dora Chang and Sabrina Wang to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 51.56 seconds. The quartet also won the gold medal in the 200 free relay by finishing in 1:40.18.
Yao won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.99 and finished the 100 butterfly in 58.79 for 2nd place. Chang recorded two second-place finishes by posting times of 2:13.32 and 59.96 in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke. Sabrina Wang also took home a silver medal by finishing the 50 free in 24.99. She also competed in the 100 fly and finished in 1:00.03 for fifth place.
Grace Emamaullee also turned in a stellar performance, placing second in the 500 free (5:25.49) and sixth in the 100 fly (1:01.81).
Emamaullee grouped up with Ellie Chen, Siouxsie Lennox and Blake Pak to compete in the 400 free relay. The Titans placed third in the race with time of 3:45.62.
Pak contributed a third-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 1:00.03 and also placed fourth in the 100 fly (59.73). Chen was third in the 50 free (25.83) and seventh in the 100 free (56.68). Lennox posted a time of 2:04.84 in the 200 free, placing her fifth, and finished the 100 free in 56.01, which was good for ninth.
Claire Chiu also competed for the Titans and placed seventh in the 200 IM (2:30.40) and ninth in the 100 backstroke (1:07.55). Emily Lee also contributed a ninth-place finish by posting a time of 1:15.62 in the 100 breaststroke. Anita Anand finished the 500 free in 6:48.68 for ninth place and 200 free in 2:28.02 for 14th place.
Sarah Broderick was 10th in the 500 free with a time of 7:10.37, and Marlene Katelaar was right behind her for 11th in place (7:36.81).
Madison Hansa finished the 200 IM in 2:56.51 for 11th place and 100 breast in 1:22.67 for 13th place. Cassandra Liong also competed in two races, placing 13th in the 50 free (29.87) and 14th in the 100 breast (1:26.29).
Tristan Lin and Maxwell Lin led the charge for the boys’ squad. Tristan won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.92 and also won gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.32. Maxwell won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 21.16 and 45.74.
The two Titans teamed up with Justin Chan and Kurtis Tsai for two relay races. The quartet won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3 minutes, 10.46 seconds and placed second in the 200 medley relay after finishing in 1:37.61.
Tsai also had a stellar showing in the finals, placing second in the 200 IM (1:55.32) and 100 back (52.45). Chan’s best finish was placing third in the 100 fly (54.65). He also competed in the 200 free and finished in 1:49.40, which was good for fifth place.
Preston Wong contributed a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (54.65) and placed fifth in the 200 IM (1:59.52).
Kyle Wong had a solid outing, placing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.47 seconds and eighth in the 50 free with a time of 23.43. He also teamed up with Matthew Chiu, Ethan Chang and Joseph Ng to compete in the 200 free relay. The four Titans finished the race in 1 minute, 30.83 seconds, which was good for third place.
Chiu also competed in two singles races, placing sixth in the 100 fly (56.56) and eighth in the 100 back (58.15). Chang posted a time of 51.80 in the 100 free for sixth place and finished the 50 free in 23.54 seconds for ninth place. Ng also posted a ninth-place finish after posting a time of 52.38 in the 100 free and placed 12th in the 50 free (24.08).
Daniel Dosti was ninth in the 500 free (5:30.23) and 13th in the 100 breast (1:10.68). Teammate Dennis Rui also contributed a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.33.
Justin Li finished ninth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.47 and 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.35.
Cody Heard posted a time of 2:02.16 in the 200 free, which was good for 12th place. Derrick Lee contributed a 13th-place finish after posting a time of 54.90 in the 100 free.
The Titans will be competing in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championships at Riverside Aquatics Complex this Friday, May 3, at 9 a.m.