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Arroyo Grande's boys swim team wrapped up PAC 8 League championships in dominant fashion. Again.

The Eagles won their second straight league title Thursday, blowing away the competition with 635 team points. San Luis Obispo was well behind Arroyo Grande with 382 points, good enough for second place.

Paso Robles finished third with 356 points and Righetti was right behind the Bearcats with 355 points.

"It’s awesome, it feels awesome," Arroyo Grande coach Russell Peterson said. "To get a chance to work with the guys and help them in the pursuit of the achievement of their goals is a pretty incredible experience.

"We've been so successful the last two years in being able to win the league championships. There are a lot of really good swimmers throughout the whole league and it's really a good testament to the guys and their work ethic to get better. It's two dominant victories in a row, even though we've lost so many good swimmers. It's pretty awesome."

The Eagles won the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 37.89 seconds, a time good enough to automatically qualify for the CIF Southern Section prelims. Charlie Watkins, Jack Alexander, Trent Schachter and Chris Dichmann combined on that win.

The Eagles also won the 200 free relay in 1:27.82, another automatic CIF time. Christian Solis, Jack Alexander, Dichmann and David Malouf swam in that one.

In the 400-yard free relay, the Eagles won in 3:15.15, another automatic time. Solis, Schachter, Malouf and James, Hazel competed in that one.

Solis won the 50-yard freestyle with an automatic  time of 21.73 seconds. Solis won the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.17, yet another automatic time.

Schachter won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.31, an automatic time. Schachter also won the 100 backstroke in 53.30, yes, another automatic time.

Alexander won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.04, a CIF consideration time.

The Eagles qualifiers will next compete at the CIF-SS Prelims at Riverside City College at 9 a.m. Friday, May 15. 

Girls swimming
Warriors take third place at PAC 8 Finals

Righetti finished in third at the PAC 8 Finals with a score of 303.50. San Luis Obispo won at 523 and Arroyo Grande was second at 471.5 

Isabella Fraire had a big day for Righetti, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.34, an automatic qualifying time for the CIF-SS prelims.

Fraire had a CIFSS consideration time in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.66.

Righetti had two relay teams get CIFSS consideration times

The 200 medley relay (2:01.08) finished third with the team of Sophie Noce, Fraire, Brianna Hill and Haley Kang. The 200 freestyle relay also landed a CIFSS consideration time at 1:46.61, with Kang, Noce, Ellyn Clardy and Fraire swimming.

Meanwhile, all 19 Arroyo Grande girls varsity swimmers who competed set personal bests in either the finals or the preliminaries, a first for the program. Arroyo Grande, with 471.5 points, finished second to San Luis Obispo. The Tigers scored 523 points.

Twins Hannah and Sarah Parson swam personal bests in respective open events, and each swam a leg for Arroyo Grande's winning 200 yard medley relay team. Hannah Parson won the 200 freestyle in 1:56.30. Sarah Parson finished second in 1:08.08 in the 100 breaststsroke, an automatic qualifying time for the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries.

Hannah Parson's 200 frestyle time was a consideration time for the sectional prelims. She won the 100 freestyle in 53. 47, an automatic qualifying time for the sectional prelims and just off the 53.40 personal best she swam at the league prelims earlier int he week.

Paige Leonard, Sarah Parson, Hannah Parson and Mikayla Pock teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 1:52.12, an automatic qualifying time for the sectional prelims. Leonard finished second in 1:02.24 in the 100 backstroke, a consideration time for the sectional prelims.

Sarah Parson, Leonard, Taylor York and Hannah Parson teamed up for a 3:44.68 finish in the 400 freestyle relay, good for second place and a consideration time for the sectional prelims.

Righetti's Lukas Sheckherd finished second in the boys 50 and 100 freestyles and notched automatic qualifying times for the sectional prelims in both.


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