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CIF Southern Sectionals Meet Wrap-Up

 

May 7, 2022, By Coach Mike Leathers

What an amazing week in Trinity Swim history!  We sent the largest team in school history to compete with the best of the best in Southern California at the CIF Southern Sectional swim meet. Eight Ladies and five gentlemen earned their place with the best in Southern California High School Swimmers. This competition is separated into two events: prelims and finals.  The following swimmers earned the right to compete at the CIF Southern Sectional prelims. 

Ladies
Katherine Baljet  - 400 Free Relay
Chloe Critser - 400 Free Relay
Maddie Hurst - 200 Medley Relay, 50 free, 200 Free Relay
Anna Leathers - 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 100 Back
Olivia Leathers - 200 Medley Relay, 50 free, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay
Sophie Richardson - 200 Medley Relay
Karis Richardson - 400 Free Relay
Atena Serano - 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

Men
Justus Fudge - 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Noah McWilliams - 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay
Luke Rodriguez - 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay  
Thomas Rolls - 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 200 Free Relay, 100 Breast     
Hugh Smith - 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

Prelims started early Monday morning, with a damp ocean chill in the air. The team goal for this day is to make it back for Finals; only the top 16 swimmers and relays earn the right to move on to Finals. 

The 200 medley relays are the first event of the day. Our ladies medley relay (Anna Leathers, Sophie Richardson, Olivia Leathers, Maddie Hurst) hit the water first, and did not disappoint, securing our first ladies relay to make it to CIF Finals, finishing in 11th place! The gentlemen dove in next (Noah McWilliams, Thomas Rolls, Luke Rodriguez, Justus Fudge) and they came up with a huge time drop, finishing in 12th place, earning the right to compete at Finals. 

Our next event was our first Individual swimmer of the meet, freshman Thomas Rolls. Despite being one of the few freshman in the event, Thomas was able to swim past most of the competition, earning 13th place and the right to move on to finals in the Men's 200 Free.

In the Ladies 50 Free, we had two swimmers who qualified for the event. First in the water was Freshman Maddie Hurst, who was one of only five freshmen who qualified for this event. Maddie excelled, coming in 30th place overall. The next in the water was junior Olivia Leathers.  Olivia finished the event in 13th place, earning the right to move on to Finals. Olivia immediately followed that will the 100 Fly, where she had a lifetime best time and an 8th place finish, moving her into Finals for another event.

The 200 Freestyle relays were next and these have been our strongest events as a team this year, and the swimmers put it all out there. The Ladies team (Maddie Hurst, Helen Serano, Anna Leathers, and Olivia Leathers) swam a season best time, ending up in 9th place and the Men's team (Thomas Rolls, Hugh Smith, Luke Rodriguez, Justus Fudge) finished the day in 11th place; both teams will move on to the Finals in this event. 

Our next swimmer in the water was Anna Leathers in the 100 Backstroke.  In an unusual event, there were 43 ladies who qualified for this event. Anna rose to the challenge, came up with a lifetime best swim with a 2.5 second time drop and placed 27th overall. 

Thomas Rolls was back in the water for the 100 Breaststroke; again he was one of three freshmen in the event.  He ended up in 16th place and will move on to the Finals. 

As the meet was getting ready to close, the relays were back in the water for the 400 Freestyle Relay.  The ladies' team (Katherine Baljet, Karis Richardson, Chloe Critser, and Helen Serano) did amazing with each of these ladies swimming a lifetime best swim and they ended up in 29th place beating their previous best time by over 10 seconds. Our men’s team (Huge Smith, Noah McWilliams, Luke Rodriguez, and Justus Fudge)  followed suit, also having a huge time drop of 13 seconds, and placing 17th. 

At Trinity, we often talk about Integrity, Camaraderie, and Victory. This team was the perfect example of that during the CIF Finals. Our sport is measured to the 100th of a second, so every millisecond counts.  Our Ladies 200 Medley relay team has been pushing itself all year to be its very best.  They had the most amazing swim at Finals. It was the first race of the meet and they all swam lifetime bests, recording a time that would have placed them in 6th overall, setting a new league and school record. Unfortunately, those milliseconds caught up with them, as one of our swimmers left early on one of the exchanges and the team was disqualified.  This is a really common occurrence, as swimmers push themselves to get even faster. What stood out about these ladies is how they rallied and lifted each other up; it was really amazing to watch. And would be rewarded later in the meet. 

During the time between Prelims and Finals, we had one of our finalists who was sick, and unable to swim at Finals. This really tested the Men’s 200 Medley Relay team, and they had to think outside the box. They made two changes to their order and added a swimmer from the 200 Free Relay to take his place.  The new relay team (Noah McWilliams, Thomas Rolls, Justus Fudge, and Hugh Smith) did an amazing job at Finals, ending up in 12th place. They all stepped up and swam their fastest. But it was Justus Fudge who stepped in and swam the butterfly leg. There are very few people who have their first time swimming an event at CIF Finals. But Justus did it and was the 7th fastest butterflier in the event. 

Thomas Rolls went back in the water for the finals of the men’s 200 Freestyle, finishing 15th overall. Olivia Leathers was next up finishing her 50 freestyle event in 12th place with another lifetime best swim. She followed that up with the 100 Butterfly and had another lifetime best swim with a 2-second time drop moving her up to a 6th place medal.  Only the top 8 swimmers and relays medal at CIF; it is the highest honor our sport can bestow. 

The Ladies 200 Free Relay team (Maddie Hurst, Helen Serano, Anna Leathers, Olivia Leathers) was next up, and this was hands down the most exciting race for the day. Going into Prelims, the ladies were ranked in 9th place and had to come back from the disappointment of the medley relay.  They would not be stopped. They went a season-best time and dropped a second from prelims to move up to 6th place. This is the first relay team in school history to medal at CIF!

The Men’s 200 Free Relay team (Thomas Rolls, Hugh Smith, Noah McWilliams, Justus Fudge) overcame the illness and ended up finishing in 14th place overall. 

The final swimmer for the day was Thomas Rolls in the 100 Breaststroke.  There were only three freshmen who made it back to the Finals. Thomas had a great swim and ended up in 16th place!


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Olivia Leathers and Thomas Rolls - first swimmers in the history of Trinity Swim to be a CIF finalist in 4 events in one year. 
  • Olivia Ties record for most medals
  • First time any relay earns a medal
  • Most number of relays (6) to qualify
  • Most number of swimmers to qualify (13) for CIF
  • Most number of swimmers to qualify (10) for Finals
  • Ladies Team ended up 18th Place out of 162 Schools
  • Mens Team 34th out of 162 Schools

FINAL PLACING:

Ladies

Event Place Swimmer(s)
50 Free 12th Olivia Leathers
50 Free 30th  Maddie Hurst
100 Fly 6th Olivia Leathers
200 Free Relay 6th

Maddie Hurst, Atena Serano,
Anna Leathers, Olivia Leathers

100 Back 27th Anna Leathers
400 Free Relay 29th

Katherine Baljet, Chloe Critser, 
Karis Richardson, Atena Serano

200 Medley Relay DQ Anna Leathers, Sophia Richardson,
Olivia Leathers, Maddie Hurst

 

Mens

Event Place Swimmer(s)
200 Medley Relay 12th Noah McWilliams, Thomas Rolls,
Luke Rodriguez, Justus Fudge, Hugh Smith
200 Free 13th Thomas Rolls
200 Free Relay 14th Thomas Rolls, Hugh Smith, Luke Rodriguez, Justus Fudge, Noah McWilliams
 
100 Breaststroke 16th Thomas Rolls
400 Free Relay 17th Hugh Smith, Noah McWilliams, Luke Rodriguez, Justus Fudge

 

You can read The Signal's write-up of all SCV teams HERE.