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Jorgensen, Virtue, Murch impress at section swim finals

Granite Bay misses out on boys team title by one point
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A trio of local swimmers were among the star attractions at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section boys varsity swimming championships at Tokay High in Lodi. Roseville junior Adam Jorgensen was a double winner as he blew away the competition in the 200 freestyle. Jorgensen swam a 1:38.56 to win the event by nearly two seconds over Nick Johnson of Jesuit. Sophomore Andrew Murch of Granite Bay was third in 1:40.95. “Adam Jorgenson had an impeccable performance,” said Roseville High boys coach John Fuller. “In the 200 free, he broke his best time with a new SFL record. It is worth mentioning that the SFL continues to dominate sections with its abundance of first-rate swimmers.” Murch also finished a strong second in the 100-yard backstroke. After recording the fastest qualifying time, the Grizzly sophomore was .19 seconds behind Ryan Pickett of Ponderosa in the final. Seniors Jordan Caines (sixth) and Sean Smith (eighth) also reached the 100-yard backstroke final. Jorgensen also was first to touch in the 100 butterfly, as he edged senior Evan Virtue from rival Oakmont by .23 seconds. Jorgensen’s 49.32 was just ahead of Virtue’s 49.55. Jesse McWhirk of Woodcreek was seventh in the 100 fly final. Virtue bested his 100 fly second with a first place run in the 500 freestyle as his 4:26.22 was good enough for the title in high school swimming’s longest event. The Viking senior raced ahead of Jesuit’s Johnson and Del Oro sophomore Brian Westlake to win the 500. The overall depth of Granite Bay’s team was on full display as the Grizzlies especially shined in the boys varsity relay events. They won the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay, and finished second in the 400 freestyle relay. “Although we didn't win a section (team) title (varsity boys second, varsity girls third, frosh/soph boy second), we did score the most combined points of any team at the meet,” said Granite Bay coach John Sherman. “Going into the final event of the day (boys 400 free relay) whoever won the event out of Jesuit and Granite Bay, won the section title. That is how close the meet was all day and the section title was decided by one second on the very last race of the day.” Caines of Granite Bay was also eighth in the 200 individual medley, while Granite Bay senior Austin Maryatt was in two finals, finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 50 freestyle. Granite Bay’s Elliott Adams was the second place finisher in the section diving competition and his teammate Juan Ayala was 10th in that event. There were no individual section champions among the local girls swimmers, but there were some outstanding performances. Granite Bay sophomore Sophie Weber was third in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. Senior Quincy Christian was another Grizzly with two strong events, as she captured fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 individual medley. Hannah Calton, a Granite Bay freshman was a two-time fifth place finisher, in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Roseville’s girls were paced by junior Brooke Hammond, who finished sixth in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle finals. “It was a down year for Roseville, but we are looking to come back strong next year with more swimmers qualifying for Saturday,” said Roseville girls coach Kelly Capell. “We should have some very strong relays and the same swimmers qualifying in their individual events.” Capell was also impressed with the overall strength of the performance by the Sierra Foothill League’s top swimmers. “As always, the SFL did extremely well,” Capell said. “There were many times when I'd look at a final heat in any event and see that three or four of the swimmers qualified were from our league. It makes it so our dual meet season is exciting and always competitive.” Sarah Strand, a senior from Oakmont, was eighth in the girls diving competition that was contested earlier. As on the boys side, Granite Bay delivered some impressive girls relay results, with a second place in the 200 medley relay, and a pair of fourths (200 and 400 freestyle relay). Woodcreek was seventh in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.