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

 

 

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.