The Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division was full of big-fish swimmers in 2013.
But the biggest shark was a Carlmont Scot.
Ivan Garin was announced at the PAL Bay’s Swimmer of Meet and thus, its top swimmer as selected by the division’s coaches.
The senior had a superb 2013 for the Scots. At the PAL Bay Division’s championship meet, Garin took home a trio of gold medals. By winning the 50-freestyle (21.48), he took home the “Fastest Swimmer in the PAL” honors. He then showed great versatility with a win in the 100-butterfly (51.03) and he anchored the 200-freestyle relay (1:29.60) team that also featured Nico Camerino — a two-time medal winner and now a member of the PAL Bay first team.
At the Central Coast Section championships, Garin was a double-bronze winner.
The Burlingame Panthers are the latest Bay champions and boasted four members on the first team. That quartet is led by the legendary Kawei Tan, who finished off his Panther career with four-medal performance at the Bay’s championships — all gold.
Other Panthers include Eric Bakar, Ernie Ribera and Joshua Yeager — Burlingame had another trio make the second team.
Mills’ Jake Lin and Andrew Quan made the first team. Menlo-Atherton’s Jack Bassin, Terra Nova’s Bryant Jacobs, Aragon’s Ivan Chen and Sequoia’s Michael Ma (the lone freshman) round out the first of the Bay’s finest.
Over in the Ocean Division, a year after San Mateo’s Ronald Chen left a lasting mark on the swim scene, another Bearcat stamped his name in history.
JJ Halet took the division’s top honor. He was the lone Bearcat to make the first team. He took home the 200-freestyle (1:45.26) and 100-freestyle (49.33) during the division championships.
South San Francisco sent three swimmers to the first team — Matthew Bernas, Matthew Kwong and Eli Mar. They’re all juniors and will make the Warriors very formidable next season.
Erin Bloomer and Jack Dobbrow finish their Half Moon Bay careers as first teamers.
Hillsdale’s Javier Rosas had a breakout season as a sophomore last year and backed that up with a four-gold win at the division championships. Eric Garcia joins him on the first team representing the Knights.
El Camino’s JR Refuerzo, Westmoor’s Christopher Lee, plus Woodside’s Karl Arvidsson and Kiernan Latham round out the Ocean’s first team.