With the aquatics names of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay and Ocean divisions, there is no cooler sounding title than the respective championships for boys’ and girls’ swimming.
Carlmont and Terra Nova proved cool as can be through the regular season, as each of the programs boys’ and girls’ teams swept their respective dual-meet championships. The Carlmont Scots captured both varsity crowns in the PAL Bay Division, while the Terra Nova Tigers earned the titles in the Ocean Division.
The Carlmont boys have proven a powerhouse in recent years, now having won five straight dual-meet titles. For the Lady Scots, it marks their first outright league title in at least 20 years, though they did share the Bay crown with Menlo-Atherton in 2008.
Last year saw an interesting rivalry between the Carlmont and M-A girls. While M-A won its fourth straight dual meet title last season, the Lady Scots finished the league slate with a girls’ team title in the PAL championship meet. This year, Carlmont utilized a majority returning roster to run the table through eight dual meets.
“Every year it’s a new adventure for everybody depending on who comes and who leaves,” Carlmont swimming coach Fred Farley said. “[M-A] lost some pretty heavy seniors last year on the girls’ side and we didn’t.”
For Terra Nova, the varsity sweep of boys and girls marks the first time since 1999 the program has done this. Both squads went undefeated through eight dual meets. And with Terra Nova’s junior-varsity boys’ and girls’ also earning undefeated regular-season titles, it is the first time in school history all four teams have won league titles in the same season.
“The parents are really, really excited about it,” Terra Nova swimming coach Brad Pence said. “I told the kids they had the opportunity to make history, so … they were all happy and excited about it.”
Carlmont sweeps Burlingame
The Scots closed out their undefeated league slates last Friday hosting Burlingame. The Carlmont boys won 105-63, while the girls won by an even more comfortable margin 139-31.
“We’re pretty deep so we just kind of overwhelmed them,” Farley said.
Senior Jade Margolis, junior Sammie Lee and sophomore Morgan Hawes won four events apiece for the Lady Scots.
Margolis took first in the 200 individual medley at 2 minutes, 16 seconds and in the 100 breast at 1:11.4; Lee topped the field in the 50 free at 25.5 and in the 100 fly at 1:02.4; Hawes won the 200 free at 1:56.9 and the 100 free at 53.9.
The three also shared in two wins in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Carlmont’s boys were paced by Luca Garlati and Oliver Crawford-Shelmadine, who won two individual events apiece.
Garlati topped the field in the 200 free at 1:52.4 and in the 500 free at 4:58.5. The junior is in his third year as a varsity swimmer.
“He’s gotten better every year,” Farley said. “During the dual-meet season we’re not usually expecting top times. But come the end of the season, he’s improved every year. So I’m hoping and expecting that will hold true.”
Crawford-Shelmadine won the 50 free at 23 seconds flat and the 100 free at 51.2.
Terra Nova takes down Jefferson
Terra Nova’s Ocean Division title was all but a foregone conclusion going into last Friday’s dual-meet finale. The Terra Nova boys downed Jefferson 139-20, while the Lady Tigers won 134-20.
The boys last won the Ocean dual-meet championship in 2010. For the girls it was a bit more recent, with their last title coming in 2016. Rival Half Moon Bay won the dual-meet crown the previous two years.
Kaycie Lindland won the 100 back. Allison Wong also won the 500 free, and is on pace to take a shot at the program record — a record she holds — in the event Saturday at the PAL championships. She has broken the record in consecutive seasons on that very stage.
Freshman Maya Orsi is looking to take a shot at the program record in the 200 free Saturday. She won the event last Friday.
“Before the season, even starting in a club meet, she went faster than the school record in both the 200 or 500,” Pence said.