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Successful Athletes give credit to hard work – SBNewsPress

Posted on April 16th, 2013 at 8:36 am, in Recent News, Swimming

Successful athletes give credit to hard work

By ERIC M. BYRNE NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT

April 16, 2013 6:05 AM

When asked what would be the next step in their seasons, Lompoc track and field athlete Brittany Boluson – the winner of the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table’s Female Athlete of the Week award – had the same answer as Righetti swimmer Jeremy Grden, co-winner of the boys award.

“Work harder.”

While there was unusually sparse attendance at Roundtable luncheon at Giavanni’s in Orcutt on Monday the sentiments of recognized athletes were that they were going to keep showing in their endeavors and work achieve more.

Lompoc’s Boluson was recognized for her efforts against Templeton last week, when she took the high jump, long jump and triple jump, then was a part of a winning relay team, but the junior wants to do better.

“I want to go CIF for all my events,” Boluson said.

And Boluson has someone just across town that helps to motivate her in Cabrillo’s Rebecka Miranda.

“Seeing her, it just makes me want to be 10 times better than I am,” Boluson said, pointing at the simple saying of “work harder” as the way that she will improve.

Grden shared the boys award with longtime teammate Keanu Martinez, competing on the accomplished Warriors water polo team and swim team.

The seniors combined to take five events against PAC-7 rival San Luis Obispo last week in what coach Kyle Shaffer called Righetti’s “big meet.”

“It’s always pretty normal that the league championship comes down to (Righetti vs. SLO),” Shaffer said before introducing his swimmers, with Grden and Martinez joined by Devon Tomooka and Travis Knight. “We were able to take care of business.”

Martinez took the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 consideration times, while Grden won the 50 and 100 freestyle, both also CIF consideration times,

The duo then worked with Tomooka and Colter Knight to win the 200 medley relay in a CIF qualifying time of 1:39.60.

“We can’t win without him,” Martinez said of Grden, who swims the breaststroke leg.

And for Grden, his teammates push him to be a better swimmer.

“When you’re on the block, the moment before (you dive into the pool), it’s exhilarating,” Grden said. “They’re all just screaming for you, it’s what gets you through it.”

The hard work they have put in so far has earned the pair many accolades, and they are hoping to continue their water polo careers at in college, and are eyeing a strong junior college program that will help them matriculate to a four-year university program.

Monday is traditionally a golf match day, and more often than not, no golfers are in attendance, but for Lompoc, things just happened to work out that the Braves had a match against Santa Maria, so the whole team got a pizza lunch before hitting the links.

“The team is starting to come together,” coach Chris Adams said, “starting to improve.”

D.J. Krishner is the lone senior on the team, so Adams is excited about the future of the program.

Lompoc’s athletic director emeritus Dick Barrett took a moment to extol the virtues of the Central Coast community and how they come out to support each other, highlighting this past weekend’s Relay for Life at Lompoc’s Huyck Stadium.

“In little Lompoc, we raised a $163,000 and that quite a deal,” Barret said. “It’s just people working together and working for a great cause to fight cancer.”

Barrett brought along freshman three-sport athlete Rylee Sager, currently starting at shortstop for the Braves, and Melanie Acton and Kyle Long from the track team.

Pioneer Valley’s Selina Gonzales brought along four along four of her softball players, while Righetti’s Scott Nickason made sure two of his PAC-7 leading Warriors earned some time off campus.

Hancock had two of its softball players in the crowd with Nathalia Powell picking up her April 1 Athlete of the Week certificate. The Cabrillo grad was joined by Lompoc graduate Tawny Nunes and coach Scia Maumausolo, who is proud of her speed demons.

“We are leading the state in stolen bases with 126,” Maumausolo said.

email: sports@newspress.com

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