Individual swimmers from the Centaur varsity squad performed admirably in the Pioneer League finals and CIF championships, but it was the Culver City High School boys and girls freshman/sophomore teams that garnered the gold, thanks to the relay teams.
For the frosh/soph girls, Lara Evans, Sierra Parsons, Lindsey Grossman and Karen Duenas won the 200 medley relay. They won the 200 free relay with Annie Hwang in the gun lap.
The frosh/soph boys quartet of Andrew Winslow, Samuel Dixon, Jim Slotnick and Nikita Chizov took the crown in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay with Garet Abrams and Niko Cuevas aboard. They just got touched out for second in the 200 Free Relay with Pedro Dossantos.
Varsity swimmers earning a return trip to the prestigious finals at Mt. Sac included the girls 200 free relay team of Samantha Lambour, Jessica Kim, Lindsey Grossman and Daniela Cordoba, which placed 14th (1:47.7).
Cordoba finished 19th in the 100 Backstroke (1:06) and 17th in the 50 Freestyle (26.6).
The boys 200 medley relay of Alex Meyers, Michael Dozal, Jesse Pilchen and Howie Stanger placed 15th (1:45.2).
Meyers and Dozal finished strong in the individual events, according to head coach Nestor Dordani.
Meyers finished third in the consolation heat, placing 11th overall in the 100 backstroke (57.7).
Dozal swam 12th in the 200 individual medley (2:03.1). He won the consolation heat, taking ninth overall in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.8). The time qualified him as a second alternate in the Masters Championship Meet which placed him 26th in Southern California.
Other Centaur swimmers who qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Championships included Alejandra Galvan, Francis Torres and Cristobal Galvan.
Individual event swimmers, who helped the frosh/soph girls win the league title, were Parsons (first in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle), Grossman (first in the 50 and 100 freestyles), and Evans (second in the 50 butterfly and third in the 50 backstroke).
For the frosh/soph boys, individual top finishers included Winslow (first in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breaststroke), Dixon (second in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly), Slotnick (first in the 50 freestyle), Abrams (third in the 50 freestyle) and Ryan Moryl (second in the 100 backstroke).
The Lady Centaur varsity swim team finished sixth in the league finals, highlighted by a victory in the 200 freestyle relay and a fourth place finish in the 200 medley relay. On the team were Cordoba, Kim, Lambour, and Galvan.
Kim earned the bronze in the 200 and 100 freestyles. Cordoba was a silver medalist in the 50 freestyle and took the bronze in the 100 backstroke.
The boys varsity swimmers placed fifth in the league championships with a bronze in the 200 medley relay by Myers, Stanger, Pilchen and Dozal.
Stanger, Torres, Dozal and Galvan swam to a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay.
Dario Fantella, Myers, Torres and Galvan were sixth in the 400 free relay.
Dozal (third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM), Pilchin (third in the 100 butterfly) and Myers (fifth in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 IM) were leading Centaur performers in individual events.