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Gunn's Campbell splashes to a pair of school records

 

Jenna Campbell has been known as a 200- and 500-yard freestyler for the Gunn High swim team throughout her career. She solidified that claim by winning a Central Coast Section title in the 200 free last season before taking second in the 500.

In any dual meet, Campbell is pretty much a lock to win both races. After all, she holds school records in both events. When Campbell took to the pool in a dual meet at Monta Vista last Friday, however, she competed in neither of her specialties and the Matadors won each of them.

Instead, Campbell swam the 100 fly and 100 back -- events she rarely swims in dual meets and never at the section finals. Campbell, however, could swim those at CCS and probably contend for titles after the times she turned in against Monta Vista.

Campbell won the 100 fly in 54.94, shattering the school record of 57.35 by Rachael Acker in 2012. Acker now swims at Cal. Campbell also won the 100 back in 55.67, also breaking a mark held by Acker.

"Jenna's times are totally legit," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez. She had a great meet, indeed. We thought she had a shot at those two records, but had no idea she would better them by as much as she did."

Both winning times earned Campbell All-American consideration in those events and gives her four individual school marks. For comparison sake, Campbell was faster than the winning times at the Palo Alto Section Challenge on Saturday, which saw winning times of 55.21 in the 100 fly and 56.68 in the 100 back.

"Jenna went into the meet knowing she might not get another chance to swim those two events," Hernandez explained. "She also knew that once and future teammate, Rachael Acker, held those records. In fact, (Gunn senior) Samantha Acker texted her sister to let her know what Jenna had done."

Campbell's times would have gotten her fourth at CCS in both events last year.

Unfortunately for the Titans, Campbell's record-breaking efforts and legs on two winning relays couldn't help produce a victory as Monta Vista posted a 115-71 victory.

The Gunn boys, meanwhile, rallied for a 98-82 victory to remain undefeated in SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet action at 5-0.

"Our crew swam well, and stepped up, against a very good Monta Vista team," Hernandez said. "Our boys team trailed most of the meet, and had to do exceptionally well in the second half to keep our chances of an undefeated season alive."

Gunn trailed after the first four events, but once diving was added in following the 50 free, the Titans held a 36-35 lead after outscoring Monta Vista 10-0 in the event. After that, Gunn slowly pulled away. Sophomore Maximillian Pokutta was a double-winner, taking the 500 free in 4:48.50 and 100 breast in 58.49 (No. 2 in school history). Trent Tosky added a fast 22.50 win in the 50 free for Gunn, which will host Homestead on Thursday in the final division dual meet at 3:30 p.m.

The last time the Gunn boys finished 6-0 in the division -- in 2002 -- they went on to win their first-ever league meet championship.

The Palo Alto girls, meanwhile, can wrap up their SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet title on Thursday when the Vikings host Los Gatos at 3:45 p.m. Paly is 5-0 (7-0 overall) while the boys are 4-1 and 6-1, with their only loss being to Gunn.

The Palo Alto girls finished second at the Palo Alto Section Challenge on Saturday, scoring 178 points to trail only San Ramon Valley's 277. Granite Bay was third (155) and Leland fourth (135). CCS rivals Mitty and St. Francis did not compete.

The Vikings didn't have any individual winners, but sophomore Grace Zhao was second in the 100 breast (1:05.62) and third in the 50 free (24.81). She was beaten by two swimmers who'll she face at CCS, sophomore Lauren Green of Pioneer in the 50 free and freshman Hannah Womer of Leland in the breaststroke. Zhao is the defending section champ in both events.

In other events, Paly's Sofia Sagrist was third in the 500 free (5:17.15) and Kathryn Bower of Sacred Heart Prep was third in the 100 free (54.58). Paly also finished third in the 200 free and 400 free relays, with Sacred Heart Prep fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the boys' meet, Bellarmine swam off with the title with 242 points with San Ramon Valley second with 196 and Palo Alto third with 161. Monta Vista was fourth with 160.

Palo Alto's lone individual winner was junior Andrew Cho, who took the 100 back in 52.94. He also led off the 200 medley relay that was second (1:38.73) to Bellarmine and swam the third leg on the third-place 400 free relay squad (3:18.35).

Senior Winston Wang was third in the 50 free (22.79) and Paly sophomore Alex Liang was third in the 100 fly (52.78) and fourth in the 200 IM.

Jackson Enright of Sacred Heart Prep was fourth in the 500 free (4:55.87) and sixth in the 200 free (1:49.78).

The Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls will host St. Francis on Thursday in a nonleague dual meet at 3:30 p.m.

The Menlo-Atherton girls, meanwhile, will put their 5-0 dual-meet mark in the PAL Bay Division on the line Thursday when the Bears host perennial champ Burlingame at 3:30 p.m.

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