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A swimming veteran and a swimming novice helped their teams to victory Wednesday.

The veteran, Righetti senior Robert Groppetti, went 4-for-4 as the Warriors defeated Cabrillo 216-69 in the varsity boys meet. The novice, Cabrillo freshman Mary Rhodes, helped her team beat Righetti 159-125 in the varsity girls meet.

The non-league competition at the Righetti pool was the season opener for both teams.

Righetti's boys won every event. Cabrillo's girls won seven of the 11 events.

Groppetti swam the only boys or girls consideration time for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Preliminary Meet, a winning 56.78 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Groppetti won the 100 butterfly in 56.23 and swam for the winning 200 medley (1:47.30) and 200 freestyle (1:34.15) relay teams.

"I'd say the backstroke is my best event," said Groppetti.

"We're still pretty broken down from the hard training we've done. I'd say the whole team is pretty happy (with the meet results)."

Rhodes helped the Cabrillo water polo team to another Los Padres League championship for the 2016 winter season. In her swimming debut, she won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.98 and the 500 freestyle in 6:01.44.

Her winning 500 time was a consideration time for the Division 3 prelims.

"I thought I could have gone a little faster in the 500," said Rhodes. "I went out a little too fast.

"My coach told me what to do, and as soon as I got up on the blocks I completely forgot what it was. The 200 was easier. It's more of a sprint, and there's a lot of sprinting in water polo." 

Like Groppetti, Ryan Trenev and Caleb Sandberg went 4-for-4 for Righetti's boys. Trenev won the 50 freestyle in 22.88 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.29. Sandberg took the 200 freestyle in 1:57.16 and the 100 butterfly in 53.12.

Trenev and Sandberg swam for the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, along with Groppetti.

Ryan Scott was another swimmer who went 4-for-4. She helped Cabrillo's girls sweep the relays by swimming on all three winning teams. Scott anchored the 400 freestyle relay team to a win in the last girls event.

Scott won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.26.

All three winning Cabrillo girls relay teams swam consideration times for the Division 3 prelims.

Nicole Zarinan, Ellery Wilkie, Alia Carlon and Ryan Scott teamed for a 2:04.55 in the 200 medley relay. Ryan Scott, Delaney Scott, Carlon and Zarinan combined for a 1:53.12 in the 200 freestyle relay, and Carlon, Stephanie Estrada, Ryan Scott and Zarinan teamed for a 4:10.14 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Estrada won the 100 backstroke in 1:21.75. Chelsey Kang (2:30.51 in the 200 individual medley, 1:09.30 in the 100 butterfly) and Hailee Lucas (28.94 in the 50 freestyle, 1:11.16 in the 100 backstroke) were double winners for Righetti's girls.

Rhodes swam for two relay teams that did not win but did score points.

"In the relays I had a better idea of how to pace myself, and all the girls paced themselves pretty well," she said.

"It was my first meet. I can do better, and I will do better."

Meanwhile, Righetti boys coach Kyle Shaffer seemed happy enough with how his team did in its first, and only, tuneup before it goes against defending league champion Arroyo Grande in its PAC 8 League opener.

"We're broken down from hard training, but I thought the guys did well across the board," said Shaffer.

Righetti's teams will go against Arroyo Grande's squads at 2:30 p.m. March 9 at Arroyo Grande's pool.

Arroyo Grande girls 239, Nipomo 52

Arroyo Grande boys 211, Nipomo 94

In the opener for all four teams at the Arroyo Grande pool, Arroyo Grande's girls won every event, and Arroyo Grande's boys won nine of the 11 against their south San Luis Obispo County rivals.

Emily Berg, Samantha Hazel, Sarah Kasper and Olivia Sommer all swam on two winning relay teams and won two open events for the Arroyo Grande girls. Hazel, Berg and Kasper, along with Mikayla Pock, teamed for a 4:01.99 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Those four combined for a 2:02.81 in the 200 medley relay. Sommer, Zoe Curran, Grace Davis and Hazel teamed for a 1:51.81 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Berg won the 200 individual medley in 2:32.05 and the 100 backstroke in 1:06.17. Hazel took the 200 freestyle in 2:03.93 and the 500 free in 5:40.49.

Kasper won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.48 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.00. Sommer swam to wins in the 50 freestyle (27.84) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.76).

James Hazel, Kevin Virnig and Trent Schachter all won two open events for the Eagles boys.

Hazel won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.82, a consideration time for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 preliminaries. He also won the 500 freestyle in 5:00.23.

Virnig won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.16, fast enough for a consideration time for the Division 2 prelims.Virnig won the 200 individual medley in 2:05.87. Schachter won the 100 butterfly in 55.43 and the 100 backstroke in 57.74.

Schachter, Jared Martin, Nathan Solis and Hazel teamed for a win in 3:24.53 in the 400 freestyle relay, a consideration time for the Division 2 prelims.

Peyton Kiunke (22.79 in the 50 freestyle) and Blake Simpson (49.59 in the 100 freestyle) were the Nipomo boys winners.

Boys tennis

Arroyo Grande 15, Templeton 3

The Arroyo Grande Eagles ran their record to 2-0 with a non-league win at home over the Templeton Eagles.

Arroyo Grande doubles tandems Tyler Tencati and Austin Bricker, and Patrick Angle and Parker Turner each swept three doubles sets without losing a game. Brett MacDonald and Dylan Black lost one game in a three-set sweep for Arroyo Grande.

Arroyo Grande freshman Sam Ashbrook took all three of his singles sets.

Girls basketball

Righetti earns state playoff berth

The Warriors garnered an at-large berth into the CIF Division 2 state playoffs Wednesday after going out in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 2A playoffs last Saturday night.

The state tournament bid is the first for a Righetti girls basketball team in school history. Second-year coach Desiree Domingues, a Righetti graduate, guided the team to the PAC 8 League championship.

Righetti was one of six girls teams to earn an at-large bid into a state tourney. 

Los Angeles Marlborough, the team that eliminated Righetti from the divisional playoffs, earned an automatic bid into the state tournament. The CIF Southern Section office released the list of automatic and at-large girls and boys qualifiers for the various divisional state basketball tournaments Wednesday.

The CIF state office will release pairings for state tournaments in all divisions Sunday. 


Sports Reporter