May 2, 2013 1:44 AM by Andrew Masuda
Despite not having a pool to use on school grounds or in the city limits, the Morro Bay High boys swimming and diving team captured the program's first-ever Los Padres League title on Wednesday afternoon. The Pirates finished second with 421 points at the LPAL Finals at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, behind only Cabrillo and its 468 points. But it was still good enough to deliver the title because Morro Bay went undefeated during the regular season in league dual meets.
Santa Ynez finished third with 365 points, followed by Nipomo at 223 points, Lompoc with 210, Santa Maria with 83 and Templeton with 19.
Morro Bay captain Mac Reinhart won the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.91 seconds, while sophomore Travis Chirman won the 500 freestyle in 5:23.23. The 200 free relay team of Reinhart, Joel Wilkie, Jack Krull and Alexander McKee set a new school record in 1:36.68. Wilkie finished second and qualified for CIF in both the 200 free (1:56.69) and 100 breast (1:06.01).
"They're talented athletes who work incredibly hard," said Morro Bay's fourth year head coach Dan Szentesi. "In 2010 we had 11 boys and won one meet. This year, we were 6-0 with 26 boys. This is a great group of kids, who are mostly surfers and lifeguards."
The Pirates split practice time between Cuesta College and Hardie Pool in Cayucos.
Cabrillo's Eduardo Cardenas won the 200 free with a time of 156.45, while Santa Ynez earned wins in the 200 IM from Eric Illes (2:09.03), Thomas Huddle in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.53 and Antonio Barret in the 50 free (22.47). Barret broke a school record set back in 1976.
Harrison Brown delivered the only win for Lompoc in the 100 yard butterfly with a mark of 55.47.
The Cabrillo girls wrapped up their 13th-straight LPAL title and their 12th in the last 13 years. Samantha Carroll delivered a win in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.69, Lia Zarinan won the 500 free by 17 seconds with a time of 5:42.98, Tancy Aldrige took the 100 free in 57.54 seconds.
Templeton finished in second place. Megan Miller, a sophomore from Templeton, won the 50 free title in 26.11 seconds, Marina Wesner, a Templeton junior, finished first in the 200 IM in 2:23.89. Templeton junior Ande Miller won the 200 free in 2:06.83.
Rebecca Gonzalez of Nipomo won the 100 breast in 1:18.11, Katie White of Morro Bay won the 100 butterfly in 1:02.94. Morro Bay's Brooke Molnar won the girls diving title with 335.10 points. Will Murtha won the boys crown with a total score of 295.20.
Team Scores, Girls
1. Cabrillo 509
2. Templeton 413
3. Santa Ynez 288
4. Morro Bay 269
5. Nipomo 117
6. Lompoc 112
7. Santa Maria 42
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