Another season, another handful of state medals for the College of San Mateo swim team.
For the fourth straight season, the Bulldogs traveled to the California Community Colleges Athletic Association swim championships and returned to San Mateo with hardware to show off from the trip.
“You always want to win,” said College of San Mateo head coach Randy Wright, “but it always feels great to be in the pool on the final day and swim your best.”
The Bulldog men and women combined for a total of 14 state qualifying races and finished the CCCAA champions with medals in four of those events.
On Day 1, CSM won their first two medals at states as superstar, all-American and now Bulldogs legend, Miya Oto placed third in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:54.68. Also medaling was former Sequoia Cherokee Alvaro Andaluz who came in fifth in the 100- breaststroke with a time of 58.08.
“The team had a great day,” Wright said. “We definitely came to race. Best times are great, but this meet is really about fighting for a state title. Miya did just that. She took her 200 out a second faster than she's used to, she was up with the top two until the final 50 yards. She raced. It was a great event. It was a definite highlight of the season.”
Oto went to place ninth in the 50-freestyle with a 24.66.
Erin Harris, the first CSM diver to qualify for states ever, had a strong showing competing in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. She placed 12th and 15th respectively in those events.
Kellsey Mercado, racing in the 50-meter breaststroke, finished in 12th with a 31.89.
On Day 2, Oto and Andaluz raced well enough to bring home another pair of medals.
Oto took eighth in the 100-freestyle with a 53.09 — a personal best.
Andaluz followed his 200-breaststroke with an equally impressive 100-breast. The sophomore’s 2:06.50 was good for a sixth place finish.
Mercado took 15th in her other event, the 100-breaststroke.
Having conquered the Coast Conference North for a second straight season, the College of San Mateo was given exactly what was expected: The No. 1 seed in the NorCal regional playoffs.
With a 36-4 record, for the second straight season, the Bulldogs held off Shasta College and will host Feather River College to start off the postseason.
Riverside City College in the No. 1 in the South California portion of the CCCAA’s bracket.
And in award-winning news following the coaches’ meetings, CSM’s Nicole Borg emerged as the Coast Conference North’s Coach of the Year — marking the second year in a row the former Bulldog has earned that award.
CSM actually swept the three major postseason awards. Borg is the Coach of the Year while Michele Pilster was named Pitcher of the Year and her battery mate, Jamie Navarro earned Player of the Year honors. The two are former Central Coast Section champions at Capuchino High School in San Bruno.
Three of the four members of CSM’s infield made the Coast Conference’s First Team.
Second baseman Talisa Fiame, formerly of Terra Nova, Kaylin Stewart, a former Hillsdale Knight and Selina Rodriguez, an El Camino Colt, took up three spots on the All-North first team — that trio was also named Coast Conference North All-Americans.
Amelia Shales, Jenn Davidson, Katie Tan, Mikayla Conlin and Natalie Saucedo made their way onto the Second Team of the Coast Conference.
After finishing second in the Coast Conference Golden Gate Division by a game, the College of San Mateo baseball team learned their playoff fate on Sunday, drawing a No. 9 seed and a trip to Cabrillo College, who is No. 8 in the playoff seeding and No. 20 in the latest CCCBCA poll.
Cabrillo finished second in the Coast’s Pacific Division — in a sense knocking Cañada College out of the playoffs.
The two schools will compete in a best-of-three series starting Friday, May 3.
CSM and Cabrillo do have some recent history. On March 9, the Bulldogs traveled to Cabrillo and lost 6-5. CSM pounded out 13 hits in that game and scored three runs late, but could not overcome an early deficit.
The Serra Padres learned their fate over the weekend in what will be a tough through the West Catholic Athletic League boys’ volleyball tournament.
After earning the No. 7 seed. the Padres will travel south to San Jose and take on Bellarmine College Prep.
The first ball gets served at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.
Serra went 0-12 in the WCAL this season and are 5-21 overall.
Another bit of Serra news: Sophomore Erik Clark’s 303.90 at the WCAL diving championships was more than enough to crown him the league’s newest champion.
Another Padre, Callum Syme, finished fifth with a 249.85.