Not unlike Globular Clusters, who astronomers say are as old as the universe and contain younger and older counterparts, our Bishop’s “Swim Cluster 1909” team is a rare one, sporting old and new stars as they took to the water for the spring campaign.
This star-studded squad got off to a great start on March 6 as the boys amassed a formidable 135-25 win over Point Loma High.
Our girls lost a close one, 95-63, but most of that deficit can be attributed to the number of entries in races or not being able to field an entry. For instance, Bishop’s did not have a girls’ swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) race, allowing Point Loma, with three entries, to take first through third and earn 13 points.
There were great performances all around for the girls’ team. Kira Johnson ’19, Maddie Cayer ’22, Olivia Ouyang ’21 and Deming Wyer ’22 handily won the 200-yard medley relay (MR) at 2:02.97. Olivia and Kira took first and second in the 200-yard freestyle in a virtual tie at 2:07.57. Alex Bonaguidi ’22 won both the 50-yard (28.00) and 100-yard freestyle (1:02.54). The squad dominated in the 500-yard freestyle with Kira (5:44.68), Olivia (5:48.51) and Maddie (5:58.34) taking the top three places. Bishop’s took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Sancia Milton ’22, Olivia, Alex and Deming touched the pad in 1:52.01. Had the team been able to compete in all races, they would most certainly have won the meet.
The boys ruled the pool against the Pointers. In the 200-yard MR, Greyson Davies ’22, Michael Xu ’19, Mason Morris ’21 and Lucius Brown ’22 took first (1:38.16) and Sam De La Cruz ’20, Nathaniel Parsons ’21, Max Brown ’19 and Max Keck ’20 secured second (1:49.02). The 200-yard freestyle was swept by Pierce Dietze ’19 (1:44.36), Kyto Fraley ’21 (1:55.28) and Perry Mikic ’22 (1:57.92). The 200-yard IM produced another 1-2-3 with Greyson (1:59.99), Michael (2:02.31) and Nathanial (2:05.48). In the 50-yard freestyle, Lucius (21.94) placed first and Phillip Richman ’19 (23.57) was third.
There were two more sweeps in the 100-yard butterfly (Mason, 54.10; Max Brown, 54.97; Phillip, 59.79) and the 500-yard freestyle (Mason, 4:56.22; Kyto, 5:12.59; Perry, 5:26.56). In the 100-yard freestyle, Pierce (49.34) and Gavin Rosser ’20 (52.68) took first and second. These sweeps continued in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Lucius, Max Brown, Michael and Pierce in the lead at 1:31.11; Phillip, Max Keck, Nathaniel and Kyto in second at 1:37.11; and Jack Martin ’21, Mark Stone ’22, Gavin and Max Carrillo ’19 in third at 1:40.61.
This was an overwhelming day of event wins for the boys. The day closed with Bishop’s taking the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke (Michael, 1:00.06; Max Brown, 1:03.50; Nathaniel, 1:04.61) and in the 400-freestyle relay (Lucius, Mason, Kyto and Pierce placed first at 3:24.62; Perry, Gavin, Phillip and Greyson were second at 3:34.68; and in third were Mark, Jack, Wes Spieker ’21 and Sam at 3:46.86.
This meet was a streaking comet preview of things to come from this water world as the rest of the season presents a galaxy of opportunities for both the boys’ and girls’ team. The universe is the limit for this rare group of talent “Swim Cluster 1909.”
The boys’ squad continued their victory swath through the Western League on March 8 at Cathedral Catholic High School. Facing off against the Dons and the University City Centurions in a dual meet, they prevailed 101-82 and 125-51 respectively.
The boys’ team won four out of eight individual races and swept all three relay races to defeat the defending CIF champion Dons. The relays proved to be the victory’s edge as Bishop's took first and third in those events. The relays score was 30-12, ensuring the winning margin.
Pierce Dietze won both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races. Lucius Brown slipped off the starting block to begin the 50-yard freestyle, where there is little room for error, but he remarkably recovered and edged out the Cathedral sprinter by a narrow margin. Michael Xu defeated Cathedral’s defending CIF champion in the 100-yard breaststroke to clinch the meet.
Bishop’s got key entries from Nathaniel Parsons, who had two third-place finished and narrowly missed overtaking the Cathedral anchor in the 4x50-yard freestyle relay. Greyson Davies was third in both the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Mason Morris took second in his two races. Max Brown swam on two relays and scored key points in both butterfly and breaststroke. Kyto Fraley swam on two relays and took second and fourth in his races. Gavin Rosser was third in diving and also swam on two relays. Ford Eldredge ’19, recovering from an injury, swam on three scoring relays.
Full meet results were not available to The Locker Room at press time.
In taking down Cathedral and University City, the Knights overcame a big hurdle in the quest for a second straight league title. Next up for “Swim Cluster 1909” will be the combined squads of Saint Augustine High and Our Lady of Peace Academy on March 5 at 3:30 p.m. at home.