Grizzlies eke past Miners
Once again, the Nevada Union girls and boys swimming teams came achingly close to beating rival Granite Bay, but the Grizzlies’ depth propelled them Saturday to another Metro Conference Meet Championship at Granite Bay.
The boys team lost by 48 points, while the girls squad fell by 65 points. Each of the other Metro teams finished nearly 200-300 points behind the two front runners.
“It was another terrific meet,” Nevada Union coach John Sultan said. “It was a battle throughout the entire meet with the boys. With three events to go, Granite Bay was only up by 11 points, but had lots of depth in the backstroke and breaststroke.”
Despite finishing second at the meet, the Miner boys won seven of the 11 events with three swimmers winning two individual events each. Senior Drew Harris won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke, while Jon Huffman-Eddy won the 200 and 500 freestyles and Kyle Virva won the 100 freestyle.
Nevada Union’s girls squad bragged of winning three events, doing the majority of its damage with their depth. Senior Whitney Stephenson won the 100 freestyle and backstroke, while freshman Hayley Porter won the 50 freestyle.
The 200-freestyle relay team of Stephenson, Porter, Colleen Heauser and Caitlin Lee set a new school record of 3 minutes, 44.42 seconds; erasing last season’s mark of 3:45.02.
“The girls were a lot closer (to beating Granite Bay) than last year,” Sultan said. “They almost cut this distance in half.”
Nevada Union heads to the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials in Tokay May 11-12, with the finals May 13.
Top NU finishers
1st – Drew Harris, 200 IM, 2:00.92
1st – Harris, 100 backstroke, 55.57
1st – Jon Huffman-Eddy, 200 freestyle, 1:47.72
1st – Huffman-Eddy, 500 free, 4:52.28
1st – Kyle Virva, 100 free, 48.94
1st – Virva, 100 butterfly, 53.62
1st – Virva, Harris, Huffman-Eddy and Jason Tilly, 400 free relay, 3:23.25
2nd – Harris, Ingersoll, Virva and J. Golnik, 200 medley relay, 1:41.49
2nd – J and E Golnik, Tilly and Huffman-Eddy, 200 free relay, 1:33.59
2nd – Jordan Golnik, 50 free, 23.07
3rd – Tilly, 200 free, 1:53.27
3rd – Nicholas Ingersoll, 100 breast, 1:03.75
3rd – Elitt Golnik, 50 free, 23.33
4th – J. Golnik, 100 free, 51.09
4th – Tilly, 100 fly, 58.05
5th – Ingersoll, 200 IM, 2:13.88
1st – Whitney Stephenson, 100 free, 53.64
1st – Stephenson, 100 back, 59.75
1st – Hayley Porter, 50 free, 24.68
3rd – Porter, 100 fly, 1:00.04
2nd – Colleen Heauser, 100 breast, 1:10.22
2nd – Caitlin Lee, 200 free, 1:59.67
3rd – Lee, 500 free, 5:23.10
5th -Shanna Stefani, 100 back, 1:07.50
5th – Ashleigh Harris, 100 breast, 1:14.57
1st – Stephenson, Heauser, Lee and Porter, 200 medley relay, 1:53.29
2nd – Stephenson, Heauser, Lee and Porter, 400 free relay, 3:44.42
Sacramento Meet of Champions
Bear River’s Nicole Jackson placed in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles while Rachel Welz placed in the high jump and long jump Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.
Jackson, competing in the afternoon open session at Hughes Stadium, ran to third-place in the 300 hurdles with a season best time of 46.35 seconds and also placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 15.93 on a clear and warm day.
The junior turned in a solid effort in a fast 300 race that saw the top five finishers dip under 47 seconds. Whitney Nazel of Skyline (Oakland) and Candise Maxwell of Stagg (Stockton) won in a dead heat at 46.04, with Jackson just a step behind.
“She’s been working really hard on her hurdles,” Bear River coach Barbara Frank said. “She’s been running the 400 to help her endurance, and it showed. She ran a good solid first half of the race and had the strength to finish well.”
Welz, who competed in the evening invitational session, placed fourth in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches and placed seventh in the long jump at 16-7 3/4.
Nancy Gutierrez placed seventh for Nevada Union in the open session at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, as the senior threw a season-best 35-1.
The Miners also had some highlights from the frosh-soph boys competition. Freshman Cole Stanford placed third in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 41-0 1/2. Sophomore Kemp Stanford also placed third in the high jump at 5-10 and eighth in the long jump at 19-1 3/4. Chase Dixon placed third in the 300 hurdles with a 41.07 clocking.
Overall, the meet saw three national high school marks: David Klech of California High (San Ramon) in the boys 110 high hurdles (13.69), Julian Purvis of St. Elizabeth (Oakland) in the girls 100 hurdles (13.60) and Jordan Hasay in the girls 1,600 (4:43.09, breaking the meet record of 4:48.62 set by Lindsay Hyatt of Placer in 1998).
Both Bear River and Nevada Union compete again Friday at the Nevada Union Invitational Friday.
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