2018 Team Preview
Men’s Swim & Dive- The Aqua-Cats begin with All American Austin Barton, who is poised for a huge sophomore season. Barton leads the Cougars’ freestyle contingent, which is traditionally a strength of the team. The Cougars always have excellent freestyle depth thanks to their top-flight water polo team and Poloists Trevor Whitham, Logan Smith, and Mason Smith are all expected to excel this Spring in their second sport. Freshman Sean Mylan already has displayed State Meet potential and should push Barton for the Cougars' individual point lead. Lambert has established himself as the Cougars' distance specialist, but also has the talent and versatility to move over to some of the specialty strokes or the longer sprints. The duo join Aquatic veterans Alex Billmore and Ryan Estrada in the specialty events, as well as talented and untested freshmen Moose Sota, Jackson Metcalf, and Daniel Davis. Diver Dalton Brooks has already displayed State Meet potential as the Cougars' lone man on the planks.
Women’s Swim & Dive- The Cougars are fresh off a Top 5 finish at the 2017 CCCAA State Championships and are poised to push higher. All American Torie White enjoyed a standout water polo season and is already close to mid-season form after winning two events at the season-opening Mt SAC Invitational. A straight freestyle sprinter, she could be in State Title contention by the end of next month. Her sister and fellow All American Katie White should repeat as an All American in the relays, but, if she can stave off the injury bug, she will be in the title mix in the butterfly. Freshmen Paige Leonard and Faith Archibald should fill in around the Whites in medley relays in the backstroke and breaststroke spots, respectively. Leonard is a complete swimmer and will challenge the Whites as the team’s leading point scorer. Archibald has been battling some early season injuries, but when healthy she has tons of talent. Luckily, the Cougars do have a lot of depth in the breaststroke with Makenna Schwarz and Mia Viss both looking for a spot on the relays. The Cougars also boast Freshman Victoria (Donnie) Donis. She is the Cougars’ most versatile swimmer and is both driven and loaded with talent. Cuesta’s coaches have not quite figured out where they are going to use her, however they do know that whatever distance or stroke they choose for her she should easily qualify and score at the CCCAA State Meet. Freshmen Summer Hurt and Piper Flueugge should both a have a full list in time to compete for the conference diving titles.
Davis Wins State Title, Women Crack Top 10
San Luis Obispo (May 8, 2017)- Cuesta competed in the 2017 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships at East LA College in Monterey Park last weekend and enjoyed a strong finish to the campaign. The Women were led by 2017 CCCAA State Champion and Record Breaker Lauren Davis (Fresno) and cracked the Top 10 as a team for the first time since 2000, while the men landed in 21st place, which was a ten-spot improvement over each of the past two seasons.
Women: The women were led by 2017 CCCAA State Champion Lauren Davis (Fresno), who set her third new Cuesta record of the season with a winning time of 2:18.88 in the 200 Breaststroke. Her swim was also honored as the 2017 CCCAA State Swim Performance of the Year. Davis broke the existing CCCAA State Record by three seconds in her morning preliminary swim and knocked an additional three seconds off in the finals to absolutely destroy the previous mark. She also broke her own Cuesta records in both the 200-Individual Medley (2:09.17) and the 100-Breaststroke (1:05.37) to earn 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in those events. Her 53 individual points ranked 4th at the meet. Freshman Victoria White (Los Oso: Morro Bay HS) reached the CCCAA State Championship Final in the 100-Freestyle and her time of :54.16 earned her 6th place overall and moved her into 5th place all time at Cuesta. She also moved up to 3rd all time at Cuesta in the 50-Freestyle (:24.83) and 8th all time in the 200-Freestyle (1:59.87), but posted those times in prelims and consolation finals. Two-Time CCCAA State Qualifier Megan Miller (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) reached “Big Finals” in the 200-Freestyle and her time of 1:58.26 earned her 8th place at the meet and moved her up to 6th place all time at Cuesta. Her time of :54.57 in the 100-Freestyle Prelims is 9th all time at Cuesta, but also 9th at the meet and out of championship contention. Davis, White and, Miller were also joined by Katie White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) on four Championship Final relays. The quartet holds the Cuesta records for the 400-Freestyle Relay (3:38.98) and 200-Medley Relay (1:51.26).
Men: Cuesta’s three-man squad earned 33.5 points at the meet and landed in 21st place. Freshman Austin Barton (Albany, OR) led the men’s team with 19 points. He finished 5th overall in the 50-Freestyle (:20.90) and moved up to 3rd all time at Cuesta for the event. He also finished 12th in the 200-Freestyle. Two-time CCCAA State Qualifier Matt McDonnal (San Jose) was the Cougars’ only other athlete in the lanes. He came only competed in one event, but finished 15th in the 400-Individual Medley. The Cougars also received points from first-year Diver Alexander McKee (Morro Bay HS), who scored 12.5 points with a 10th place tie on the 1-meter board (142.7) and 11th place on the 3-meter plank (129.95).
Notes- Below is a list of Cuesta’s Scoring Events. *State Record
1st Place- Lauren Davis, 200 Breaststroke (2:18.88)*
2nd Place- Lauren Davis, 200 Individual Medley (2:09.17)
3rd Place- Lauren Davis, 100 Breaststroke (1:05.37)
6th Place- Victoria White, 100 Freestyle (:54.16)
8th Place- Megan Miller, 200 Freestyle (1:58.26)
11th Place- Victoria White, 50 Freestyle (:25.21)
12th Place- Megan Miller, 100 Freestyle (:55.56)
13th Place- Victoria White, 200 Freestyle (1:59.87)
5th Place- Austin Barton, 50 Freestyle (:20.90)
10th Place- Alexander McKee, 1M Diving (142.7)
11th Place- Alexander McKee, 3M Diving (127.95)
12th Place- Austin Barton, 200 Freestyle (1:44.59)
15th Place- Matt McDonnal, 400 Individual Medley (4:22.42)
San Luis Obispo (April 24, 2017)- Cuesta’s Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams travelled to Santa Maria’s Paul Nelson Pool for the 2017 Western State Conference Championships Both teams finished in 4th place, but the Cougars did produce six individual and three relays titles on the weekend.
2017 Western State Conference Female Swimmer of the year Lauren Davis (Fresno) led the Cougars with three individual titles and was part of five new Cuesta records. This marks the 7th time a Cuesta swimmer has won the honor. Davis scored a meet-high 60 points and set new Cuesta marks in the 100 (1:06.23) and 200 (2:21.28) breaststrokes and the 200 Individual Medley (2:10.66). She was also part of the 400-Freestyle (3:38.98) and 200 Medley (1:51.26) relays that won titles and posted new Cuesta standards.
Notes- Below is a list of Cuesta’s all conference performances.
First Place- Men: Alexander McKee (1M), Austin Barton (50 Free); Women: Lauren Davis (200 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast), Victoria White (50 Free).
Second Place- Men: McKee (3M), Matthew McDonnal (400 IM); Women: V. White (100 Free), Katie White (200 Fly).
Third Place- Men: Barton (100 Free); Women: V. White 200 Free), K. White (100 Fly), Megan Miller (100 Back).
Fourth Place- Men: Barton (200 Free); Women: Miller (200 IM, 200 Back)
Fifth Place- Men: McDonnal (200 IM), Dylan Hughes (1650 Free), Jacob Rosenfeld (500 Free); Women: None.