Local athletes rewrote their school record books while qualifying for the finals of the 2013 Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.
A total of 10 school marks fell, five to the girls and five to the boys, during a fast day of preliminary action that saw St. Francis standout Curtis Ogren take down the CCS record in the boys' 100 breast with a sizzling 54.42. The previous mark of 55.29 was set by Palo Alto's Byron Sanborn last year in the prelims.
Ogren also broke the CCS record in the 200 IM with a 1:45.6 to erase the previous record of 1:46.96 by Saratoga's Ben Hinshaw in 2009.
Staying with the boys, Paly junior Andrew Liang lowered his own school record in the 100-yard fly with a 47.55. That was faster than last year's winning time of 47.86 by Sacred Heart Prep's Tom Kremer, who set the CCS record of 47.12 in the prelims.
In the same race, Gunn freshman Daichi Matsuda lowered the school mark to 50.36.
Matsuda came back to break his own school mark in the 500 free with a 4:33.88.
In the boys' 100 back, Paly junior William Lee broke his own school record with a 49.94, becoming the first in school history to break 50.00.
While Ogren was taking down the CCS record in the 100 breast, Gunn senior Tommy Tai lowered his own school mark to 58.29 while qualifying for Saturday's finals, which get under way at 2:30 p.m.
For the girls, the Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep 200 medley relay teams both broke school marks. The Bears went 1:46.55 to eclipse the time they set at the PAL Bay Division Championships while the Gators clocked 1:47.28.
Castilleja's Heidi Kattler broke the Gators' 100 breast record with a 1:02.31.
In the 400 free relay, both Menlo-Atherton and SHP lowered school marks. The Bears clocked 3:31.74 while the Gators went 3:32.07 to both reach the finals.
In addition to all the records, local swimmers clocked the fastest qualifying times on the day.
Liang and Sacred Heart Prep's Ally Howe each had two. Liang led the way in the 100 fly and 50 free (20.91) while Howe paced the fields in the 20 IM (2:00.03) and 100 back (53.49).
Gunn sophomore Jenna Campbell had the fastest time in the girls' 200 (1:49.68) and Kattler led the 100 breast.
The girls' diving finals were held Friday with Palo Alto freshman Mimi Lin taking second with 475.30 points. Gunn freshman Vivian Zhou was third with 463.75, Menlo-Atherton's Talbott Paulsen was fifth with 430.50 with Paly's Serena Yee seventh (413.80) and Nadya Nee ninth (384.75). Paly scored 38 points in the diving competition.