Closest finish goes to Granite Bay boys over Jesuit, Davis

Grizzlies? Sophie Weber achieves All-America status in five events
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Granite Bay High School continued to blitz the school record book and post All-America times Saturday.

Throw in a disqualification to Davis, and the Grizzlies won their second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section championship — by the narrowest margin on record. Granite Bay totaled 245 points, Jesuit 243 and Davis 240 at Tokay High School in Lodi.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” coach John Sherman said of the Grizzlies’ third section banner in four years. “I mean really, we’ve probably overachieved on the boys’ side. We were not the best team at the meet; we just had the best meet.”

Andrew Murch broke a school record in the 100 freestyle (45.79 seconds), and Malique Elder set a record in the 50 freestyle (21.19).

Murch, Elder, Hunter Christian, Kevin Wylder, Will Lewis and Max Vigeant will be All-Americans.

Granite Bay edged Jesuit by 6.5 points to win the 2011 championship, and for the second year in a row, a DQ cost Davis.

The Grizzlies changed their strategy following the DQ, according to Sherman.

“We were aggressive early. After the DQ, we tried to swim a little more safe,” he said. “That let the meet get a little closer than it could have been, but you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot at a meet like that.”

Granite Bay’s girls established several All-America times en route to a third-place finish, and Sophie Weber broke her record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.5.

Her 2:01.15 at last year’s section meet broke a 14-year-old record.

Weber will be a five-event All-American this year. Weber will attend LSU next fall on a swimming scholarship after she and teammate Lauren Fitzgerald compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Weber will swim the 400 IM and Fitzgerald the 200 backstroke.

Fitzgerald, Ashley Taylor, Hannah Calton, Summer Spradley and Alexis Martinez also will be All-Americans. Fitzgerald, Taylor, Calton and Spradley broke the school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.06.

Martinez, a sophomore, set two other records. She swam 24.53 in the 50 freestyle and teamed up with Spradley, Calton and Weber to swim the 200 free relay in 1:37.07, which Sherman said will be an All-America time.

Woodcreek had three winners in the frosh-soph competition: Claire Hammond in the 200 freestyle (1:53.03), Vanessa Dugan in the 500 freestyle (5:05.17) and C.J. Pais in the 100 backstroke (55.25).