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Warrior boys sweep Cougar Relays, set four records

Fallbrook High School’s boys swim team won both the varsity and junior varsity competition at the Cougar Relays meet held March 13, at Palomar College, while breaking four meet records.

The Warrior varsity boys set three meet records, won two additional events, and placed second in the remaining five events. The junior varsity boys won five events while setting one meet record for a JV race.

“We had some really good swims. Great times,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson. Fallbrook opened its season with a 92-78 loss against Carlsbad, which has won the past seven CIF Division I championships. “I was really happy with the results,” Richardson said.

Fallbrook trailed the Lancers by eight points entering the final event, the 4x400 relay race. Richardson split his top four swimmers since the Warriors could only win the meet by taking both first and second place. Fallbrook salvaged a second-place finish while the two Carlsbad relay teams finished first and third. “It’s been a long time since we were in position to even challenge for a win against Carlsbad,” Richardson said. “To be that close was pretty gratifying.”

Fallbrook won four of eleven events against Carlsbad, including the 200-yard freestyle relay. Fallbrook’s three individual winners all achieved automatic qualifying times for the CIF meet. Jacob Pril, who won the 200-yard freestyle, also posted an automatic time in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sam McDaniels won the 500-yard freestyle race and also had an automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard freestyle. Geoff Jameson won the 50-yard freestyle, and while Kevin Reichel didn’t win an individual race he had automatic qualifying times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke. Cameron Mannino had an automatic qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly, and the Warriors’ 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay times both qualified Fallbrook for the CIF meet.

Divers are only scored if both teams have a diver, which was reflected in Fallbrook’s 109-78 victory March 9 at home against Poway. Although no additional Fallbrook swimmers earned automatic times, Fallbrook divers Luke Jones and Chris Knitter attained automatic scores for the CIF meet.

The Warriors won the diving event, the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays, and four individual swimming events. Jameson won the 50-yard freestyle, McDaniels took first in the 100-yard freestyle, Pril had the fastest 200-yard freestyle time, Reichel prevailed in the 100-yard backstroke, and Jones had the top diving score.

Although Fallbrook’s 200-yard medley relay team had not posted an automatic qualifying time in either dual meet, the Warriors not only did so at the Cougar Relays but also broke the meet record for the 4x50 medley relay event. Reichel’s 50 yards of backstroke, Pril’s two breaststroke laps, the butterfly strokes of Garrett McKeown, and Jameson’s freestyle work took the Warriors 2:45.53, eclipsing the previous meet record of 2:45.86 set by Carlsbad in 1999.

The 1999 Cougar Relays also saw Escondido set a meet record in the 3x50 freestyle race, and that time of 1:10.93 stood as the meet record until Reichel, Pril, and Jameson swam the event in 1:07.35 at this year’s meet to set the new record.

Pril, McDaniels, and Garrett McGurk set Fallbrook’s third meet record, completing the 3x200 freestyle race in 5:42.03 to break the record of 5:51.98 set by Oceanside in 2002.

Mannino, Mike Maryn, and McKeown won the 3x100 butterfly race while McDaniels, McKeown and Jameson took first place in the 3x100 freestyle event. Fallbrook finished second in the 4x50 freestyle, 4x100 freestyle, 3x100 backstroke, 3x100 breaststroke, and 3x200 individual medley races.

The junior varsity races saw Fallbrook swimmers Gannon Oppenborn, Adam McGrath, Thomas Fitzpatrick, and Michael Mulholland win the 4x100 freestyle race in 3:57.06. The previous meet record for that JV event of 4:08.37 had lasted since 1998, when four Army-Navy Academy swimmers set the mark.

The Warrior junior varsity swimmers also won the 4x50 medley relay, the 3x100 individual medley, the 3x100 backstroke, and the 4x50 freestyle.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Richardson said. “Should be among the top few teams at CIF.”

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