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Warrior mermen responding to late start

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

A failure with the pump in the Fallbrook High School swimming pool delayed the start of practice for Fallbrook High School’s boys swim team and also forced two meets to be rescheduled.

“We are definitely a little behind where we would probably be,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson. “We’re still performing well.”

The Warriors won their first three dual meets before losing to San Pasqual. The schedule had home meets March 2 against Mission Hills and March 9 at Pacific Ridge prior to a March 16 meet at Adams Community Park Pool, where Valley Center High School home meets are contested.

The meet against Mission Hills was rescheduled for March 14 at Palomar College, where Mission Hills home meets are held. “It was the first time we had practice in 3 1/2 weeks,” Richardson said. “As the meet went on you could tell that the conditioning wasn’t there, but they really tried hard and pulled off the win.”

The final event of a high school meet is the 400-yard freestyle relay, and Mission Hills won that event. The Grizzlies’ first-place points weren’t enough to overcome the Fallbrook lead, and the Warriors prevailed by an 83-82 score.

Palomar College doesn’t have a diving board, so Fallbrook’s two divers did not compete. The Warriors have 23 swimmers including the two divers, who are allowed to swim at the same meet at which they dive.

“So far, everybody’s competed at varsity at least one time,” Richardson said.

During dual meets, each school is allowed to enter up to three swimmers or divers in each individual event, and position points are given for the top five times or diving scores. Up to three relay teams from each school can compete in each of the three relay races, but only two quartets from each side are scored with position points being given for the top three finishes in each race.

Mission Hills took first place in seven of the 11 events. Fallbrook junior Carson Vance won two events, finishing the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.42 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.45. The other Fallbrook individual event winner, senior Ian Ritchie, won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.42 seconds. Fallbrook’s 200-yard medley relay team of junior Sam Goode, sophomore Alex Gabos, sophomore Felix Alcorn and sophomore Milo Pollard had a winning time of 1:57.65.

The March 9 home meet against Pacific Ridge was rescheduled for March 21, so the March 16 meet in Valley Center was the next for the Warriors. Adams Community Park Pool has 25-meter laps. “The times don’t count,” Richardson said.

The Jaguars won the 200-meter freestyle relay, but Fallbrook won the other 10 events for a 122-34 victory. Ritchie, Gabos, Vance, and Goode won the 200-meter medley relay. Ritchie won both the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. Vance finished first in both the 100-meter butterfly and the 400-meter freestyle. Gabos won both the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke. Goode had the fastest 200-meter individual medley time. Jonathan Nelson, who is a senior, gave Fallbrook first-place points in the 100-meter backstroke. Vance, Goode, Gabos, and Ritchie won the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Pacific Ridge, which added swimming for 2023, had only five boys, so the Warriors accumulated 114 points in their first home meet of the season March 21. “It was good to get back in our pool,” Richardson said.

The Firebirds won the 200-yard medley relay and the Warriors won the other 10 events. The 200-yard freestyle first-place points were earned by junior Kameron Lypps. Alcorn won the 200-yard individual medley. Goode had the fastest 50-yard freestyle time and also placed first in the 100-yard butterfly. Ritchie was the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke winner. Vance placed first in the 500-yard freestyle. Nelson won the 100-yard breaststroke. Nelson, Vance, Ritchie, and Goode comprised the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team while senior Logan Enns, Alcorn, Lypps, and junior Damien Votaw were the 400-yard freestyle winners.

The Warriors’ scheduled March 23 home met at San Pasqual was not delayed. The Golden Eagles handed Fallbrook an 88-82 loss.

“Just not having the training hurt them,” Richardson said.

San Pasqual won all three relay races. “That was the biggest difference,” Richardson said.

First place in the concluding 400-yard freestyle relay gave the Golden Eagles the victory. “It came down to that relay. We had to win that relay,” Richardson said.

Fallbrook only won three of the eight individual events although position points kept the meet close. “We’re pretty solid top to bottom,” Richardson said.

Vance won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.62 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.96. Ritchie had a 100-yard freestyle winning time of 51.24 seconds.

If only one team has a diver, the diving is not included in the team score although the divers are scored for CIF qualifying purposes. The season debut of Fallbrook junior Jamison Ewig produced a six-dive score of 119.05 points. Alcorn is Fallbrook’s other diver, although both diving and swim events count towards an individual’s limit of two individual events at a meet.


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