Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive continues to train at Morro Bay High School and with the limited pool time, both during the Fall off season and this Spring, they plan to Redshirt many of the program’s sophomores and pursue a youth movement. Both teams currently boast only two returners as the Cougars begin the 2019 season at the Western State Conference Pentathlon Meet at the Ventura Aquatic Center this Friday (10 AM). The Pentathlon is a non-scoring meet with swimmers competing in 100-yards of each stroke (Fly, Back, Breast, Free).
The women plan to Redshirt four all-WSC Swimmers, but will bring back All-WSC selections Victoria Donis (Fresno) and Sofia Terry (SLO HS) to mentor a talented freshman team. The team’s best “pure swimmer”, Donis is set to have another big season and return to the CCCAA State Meet this May, while the versatile Terry can also compete in any distance and any stroke. Donis earned all-WSC honors in the 500 and 1,650-freestyles, but is comfortable and competitive in any stroke at any distance. Terry’s times dropped all season and her versatility earned her a spot, along with Donis, on four relays at the 2018 CCCAA State Championships. In conference, Terry also scored as an individual in the 50-freestyle and 200-IM in 2018, despite also being one of the team’s best backstrokers. Donis and Terry both earned all-Conference honors in water polo during the Fall and will get a lot of help this season from their fellow poloists.
All-State (Utah) Swimmer Kylee Wesemann (Farmington, UT) earned first team honors in water polo and was the team’s designated sprinter. She should be the Cougars’ top sprinter this Spring, but she is also expected to be the Cougars’ top Butterflier this season. The Cougars have lots of depth and talent in the shorter freestyle races with fellow water polo all-Conference pick Caitlin Luster (Fresno) joining Kat Hargis (Bakersfield), Julie Sherwood (Alamo), and Claire O’Neal (Oakland), along with water polo teammates Elle Kloberdanz (Bountiful, UT), and Evy Cooper (Atascadero HS) in the sprints.
Donis will be the Cougars’ top distance swimmer, but will get help from her water polo teammate Avery Hunsaker (Bountiful, UT) and Cal Poly transfer Anna Walden (SLO HS). Donis ranks in Cuesta’s All Time Top 10 in all three distance events. She ranks 5th in the 500-Freestyle (5:26.42), 9th in the 1,000 (11:44.49), and 6th in the 1,650 (19:01.55).
Sofia Terry has earned all-conference honors in each of her past three seasons of competition, twice in water polo and the 2018 swim season, and this year she is expected to be the Cougars’ top backstroker with fellow IM’er Mikayla Royer (Sebastopol) and, if needed, the team’s “pure” swimmer Torie Donis. Donis ranks 4th all time in the 400-Individual Medley (5:10.51), while Terry ranks 2nd all-time at Cuesta in the 50-Backstroke (:28.61) and 5th in the 200-Backstroke (2:27.82). All-Conference Water Polo player Sadie Emmitt (Agoura Hills) and Freshman Tristin Bennett (Porterville HS) are the team’s designated breaststrokers, while Wesemann is slated to handle the butterfly.
The men’s team finished 7th at the 2018 CCCAA State Meet and won Cuesta College Athletics’ only Western State Conference title of the year behind the leadership of 2018 WSC Coach of the Year John Marsh. The men, unlike the women, do not return any of their stars from last year, as Coach Marsh and his sophomores are waiting for the 2020 campaign, when the program returns to campus and a refurbished pool. Cuesta pure swimmers were unable to train during the off-season and even the water polo team struggled with reduced pool time in the Fall. Marsh used the same plan for men’s water polo, which boasted only one sophomore, but still reached the playoffs. The youth movement in water polo did set up the Cougars to have a deep roster of freestylers joining the team. Everyone expects the youthful Cuesta roster to keep the program in the rankings and be strong enough to defend its conference crown in May.
The Sprint Freestyle is the only event that the men have significant depth. All American Gabriel Browning (Los Alamitos HS) joins fellow poloists Cooper Greene (Midvale HS, UT), Steven Chapman (Porterville HS), and Caleb Ray (Arroyo Grande: Nipomo HS) in the sprints. Greene was four-time all-State (UT) swimmer, while Chapman was the East Yosemite League’s MVP and Ray, who is the son of two former Cuesta swimmers (Caren Larson and Eric Ray), was named Most Improved for Nipomo High’s league championship team. Freshman Conor Prolo (San Jose) was a former league champion and is Cuesta’s top distance freestyler.
The team’s top sophomore is All State Goalie Mason Smith (Bakersfield). Smith was one place away from earning all-Conference honors in the 400-individual medley and the 200-butterfly in 2018 and will be the Cougars’ leader in the stroke events. Freshman Satoshi Shinkawa (Kingsburg HS) earned all-Conference in water polo and will join Smith in the butterfly events, while fellow all-Conference Poloist Zachary Tucker (Paso Robles HS) will handle the breaststroke. Tucker is one of the Cougars’ most promising newcomers and was an all-League performer in the lanes for the Bearcats. Freshman Quinton Davis (Kingsburg HS) is slated as Cuesta’s backstroke specialist and will join Shinkawa to make half of the Cougars’ medley relays former Kingsburg Vkings.
Five Cuesta Swimmers Earn All American Honors
Men’s Swim to a Top 10 State Finish- Women 12th
This Week: The California Community College Swim & Dive Coaches Association (CCCSDCA) compiled and released the National All American honors for swimming with the Top 16 times in each event from both California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Five swimmers from Cuesta College were honored, while combining for 11 total All American awards.
Men: Cuesta competed in the 2018 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships at DeAnza College in Cupertino the first weekend of May and enjoyed a strong finish to the campaign. The men, who also won the 2018 Western State Conference title, finished 7th at the CCCAA State Championship to reach the Top 10 for the first time in four seasons. Two-time All American Austin Barton (Albany, OR) has been the Cougars’ Team MVP the past two seasons and was recognized as the school’s 2018 George Silveria Career Student-Athlete of the Year. Barton reached the CCCAA State Championship Final in all three of his events and earned All American honors in all of them. Barton returned to the All American list for the 50-Freestyle and added the 100 and 200-Freestyles this year. Miler Dan Lambert (Kodiak, AK) won conference titles in both the 500 and 1,650-Freestyles, while also reaching the CCCAA State Championship Final in the Mile. He earned All American honors in both events. Backstroker Sean Mylan (Atascadero HS) also turned his pair of Western State Conference titles in the 100 and 200-Backstrokes into CCCAA State Championship berths, as well as a set of All American titles. Over 40 seasons of Cuesta Men's Swimming and Diving, 83 athletes have garnered All American honors, while combining to record more than 200 individual All American times.
Women: Women's Swimming was led to a 12th place team finish 2018 CCCAA State Championships by Cuesta College’s Female Athlete of the Year Torie White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS). White won two events at the Western State Conference Championships to lead the Cougars to 3rd place in the loop and reached the championship final in all three of her events at the 2018 CCCAA State Championships. White was the only member of the team to reach an individual CCCAA State Championship Final and she did it in all three of her events. White earned All American honors in the 50 and 100-Freestyles and the 100-Butterfly. Freshman Paige Leonard (Grover Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) was injured after only one event at the 2018 Western State Conference Championship and missed the 2018 CCCAA State Championship, however Leonard’s time of 2:13.50 in the 200-Individual Medley also earned her All American honors. Over 40 seasons of Cuesta Men's Swimming and Diving, 76 athletes have garnered All American honors, while combining to record more than 200 individual All American times.
Notes- Below is a list of Cuesta’s scoring events at both the CCCAA State and WSC Championships.
Men’s CCCAA State Championship- 7th Place
6th Place- Austin Barton, 200 Free (1:41.56)
7th Place- Dan Lambert, 1650 Free (16:37.57)
8th Place- Austin Barton, 50 Free (:21.11)
8th Place- Austin Barton, 100 Free (:46.30)
10th Place- Sean Mylan, 200 Backstroke (1:54.59)
11th Place- Sean Mylan, 100 Backstroke (:53.15)
12th Place- Dan Lambert, 500 Free (4:43.49)
15th Place- Jackson Metcalf, 100 Butterfly (:52.71)
Women’s CCCAA State Championship- 12th Place
5th Place- Torie White, 100 Free (:53.83)
6th Place- Torie White, 50 Free (:24.44)
7th Place- Torie White, 200 Free (1:57.91)
14th Place- Katie White, 100 Butterfly (1:00.94)
15th Place- Makenna Schwarz, 100 Breaststroke (1:10.95)
15th Place- Makenna Schwarz, 200 Breaststroke (2:38.87)
Men’s Swim & Dive All Western State Conference (Top 5)
Men’s Team, WSC Champions- 1st Place
All-WSC First Team- Austin Barton, 100 Free
All-WSC First Team- Austin Barton, 200 Free
All-WSC First Team- Dan Lambert, 500 Free
All-WSC First Team- Dan Lambert,1650 Free
All-WSC First Team- Sean Mylan, 200 Back
All-WSC First Team- Sean Mylan, 200 IM
All-WSC Second Team- Austin Barton, 50 Free
All-WSC Second Team- Dan Lambert, 400 IM
All-WSC Second Team- Jackson Metcalf, 100 Butterfly
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Sean Mylan, 100 Back
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Jackson Metcalf, 50 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Jackson Metcalf, 100 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Logan Smith, 200 IM
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Logan Smith, 200 Breast
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Moose Sota, 400 IM
WSC Men’s Swim Coach of the Year- John Marsh
Women’s Swim & Dive All Western State Conference (Top 5) Women’s team, 4th Place
All-WSC First Team- Torie White, 50 Free
All-WSC First Team- Torie White, 100 Free
All-WSC First Team- Katie White, 200 Butterfly
All-WSC Second Team- Torie White, 200 Free
All-WSC Second Team- Katie White, 100 Butterfly
All-WSC Second Team- Paige Leonard, 200 IM
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Katie White, 100 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Makenna Schwarz, 100 Breast
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Makenna Schwarz, 200 Breast
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Makenna Schwarz, 200 IM
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Victoria Donis, 500 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Victoria Donis, 1650 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Summer Hurt, 1M Diving
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Summer Hurt, 3M Diving
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Sofia Terry, 50 Free
All-WSC Honorable Mention- Sofia Terry, 200 IM