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Depth powers Righetti boys swim team past San Luis Obispo

Posted on March 16th, 2019 at 9:37 am, in Recent News

Santa Maria Times Kenny Cress kcress@leeentralcoastnews.com Mar 14, 2019

The storyline for the Righetti boys swim team Thursday was a happily familiar one.
Their superior depth carried the Warriors to victory.
“Depth is definitely the strongest part of our team,” said Righetti coach Kyle Shaffer after his squad beat San Luis Obispo 171-115 at Righetti in a Mountain League meet between two of the perennially strongest teams in the area.
“That’s the way it’s been for the last two or three years,” said Shaffer after the Warriors won six of the 11 events and had four swimmers in the top five in two.
“None of our guys swim year-round. These are my water polo guys,” who carried Righetti to victory Thursday.
The San Luis Obispo girls won 10 of the 11 events and beat Righetti 205-80 in the girls half of the swim doubleheader at Righetti. The meet was the opening one of the year for both Righetti teams.Before they became rivals in the Mountain League this year thanks to a move to the CIF Central Section from the Southern Section in early 2018, Righetti and San Luis Obispo were PAC 8 League rivals.
Ean Weaver is one of those water polo guys Shaffer referred to. Weaver played for a Righetti water polo squad that won the Mountain League championship and made it to the Division 1 title game last fall.
Thursday, he swam a leg for the winning 200 medley relay team and won the open 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 8.60 seconds.
“I made it to the (CIF Southern Section) meet in this event last year, and it’s my favorite event,” said Weaver. “I’m very happy with the way it went today.”
Weaver’s lifetime best in the event is the 1:57.76 he swam last year as a sophomore. That time is third-best on the Righetti all-time list.
Quinn McGinty was the lone winner for the Righetti girls. She held off San Luis Obispo’s Rachel Wood to win the 200 individual medley in 2:25.15.”That’s my personal best,” said the junior after her win. “I’m very happy with the time.”
The first stroke in the medley, the butterfly, and the last one, the freestyle, are McGinty’s best strokes and, “They definitely helped me today,” she said.
McGinty got off to a big lead during the butterfly leg, was nearly caught in the backstroke and breaststroke legs then swam a strong freestyle leg to win.
Weaver swam the first leg for the winning 400 freestyle relay team, and two of his teammates in that one, Ethan Streker (500 freestyle) and Trey Watkins (100 breaststroke) won open events as well.
Streker and Watkins were members of the 2018 Righetti water polo team.
Annie Bartolome swam a leg for San Luis Obispo’s winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. She was the only open event swimmer to meet a tough consideration standard for the 2019 Southern Section Division 2 Preliminaries, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:02.46.
Righetti and San Luis Obispo are former members of the CIF Southern Section’s Division 2. Qualifying times for the Central Section Division 1 Meet are generally more than five seconds slower than the CIF-SS Division 2 consideration standards are.The Righetti 200 medley relay team of Layne Porter, Watkins, Weaver and Simon Goldin won in 1:42.72. That met the CIF-SS Division 2 consideration standard for this year.
Though no one else met a CIF-SS Division 2 standard, all of the winners Thursday swam at least a consideration time for the Central Section Meet, and most met the automatic qualifying standard.
The difference between Central Section and Southern Section qualifying standards “Doesn’t affect training at all,” said Shaffer.
The more lenient Central Section standards “Give the medium swimmers something to shoot for. For the top swimmers, they’re too easy,” said Shaffer. “There’s good and there’s bad,” in the slower Central Section standards.
Shaffer said, “Our times weren’t quite what we’d hoped for, but we got out of the blocks against strong competition.”
Righetti’s teams will host Nipomo’s squads at 3 p.m. next Thursday in Mountain League competition.


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