| Publication Date: Friday, April 08, 2005|
Gunn's swim depth keeps Titans unbeaten
Gunn's swim depth keeps Titans unbeaten
(April 08, 2005) Victories by the boys and girls set up showdown with rival Palo Alto today with first place at stake
by Keith Peters
Mark Hernandez would like nothing better than to have a handful of star swimmers who could pick up first-place points for his Gunn teams in nearly every event.
While the Titans aren't blessed with that star quality this season, Hernandez has something that's just as good - team depth.
Depth once again played a very important role for the Titans, who remained undefeated in dual meets (2-0, 3-0) with close victories over host Mountain View on Wednesday in SCVAL De Anza Division action.
In the girls' meet, Gunn had just four individual winners. The Titans, however, posted a 103-83 triumph.
In the boys' meet, Gunn had just one individual winner. Yet, the Titans swam away with a 99-84 victory.
All of this is good news for Gunn, which will be host to rival Palo Alto today at 3:15 p.m. The Vikings come in with undefeated marks, as well, setting the stage for a very competitive meet. Today's winners likely will swim away with the regular-season dual-meet title, once that will weigh in on the overall league championship when the finals are held May 6 at Saratoga High.
While Mountain View dominated at the top in both meets, Gunn picked up key seconds and third to turn things around. Casey Barnes-Waychus gave the Gunn girls an early spark when she came from behind in the final 25 yards to win the 200 free in 1:57.34. That ranks her No. 4 in the Central Coast Section this season.
Gunn's Di Eaton followed with a win in the 200 IM and Barnes-Waychus came back four races later to swim away with the 500 free in 5:20.38. She also added a leg on Gunn's winning 200 free relay (1:48.61), while Tara Levens added a victory in the 100 back in 1:01.38.
In the boys' meet, a win in the 50 by Nick Rouse was Gunn's only individual triumph, but the Titans picked up valuable seconds and thirds and swept the relays in fast times.
The 200 free relay team of Rouse, Matt Prior, Mark Prior and Ysbrand Nusse swam a season best of 1:31.53 to move into the No. 3 spot on the CCS leaders' list. With Rouse and Nusse switching spots and the Prior brothers swimming the same legs, Gunn swam away with the 400 free relay in a season best of 3:21.42, the No. 3 CCS time this year.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Castilleja opened its league season with a 53-48 win over Mercy-Burlingame. Megan Kenney (100 back, 100 free) led the Gators while Anne Warner (200 IM) and Jessie Carr (50 free) added individual wins.
Menlo came up with its best effort in two years during a pair of PAL Bay Division dual-match victories this week.
The Knights posted their best team score in two season, a 189, to defeat both Aragon (238) and Terra Nova (214) over nine holes at the par-35 Menlo Country Club on Tuesday. Menlo improved to 3-3.
In accomplishing that milestone, Menlo established another as all five scorers shot 39 or less. Again, it's the first time in two years the Knights have accomplished that.
Brent Booth (36), Raven Reddy (37), Riley Kriebel (38), Ricky Hawkins (39) and Jordan Han (39) led the way for Menlo.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, defending league champion Palo Alto got 1-over-par scores from Will Haydon and Max Rausch in defeating Cupertino, 211-242, at the par-36 Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The Vikings improved to 5-3.
Gunn remained atop the PAL with a 15-7 win over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday. Kate Kosco, Maggie Wynn, Emily Field and Becca Tisdale led the Titans. Tenley Breen and Kayla Ushman scored two goals each for M-A.
Elsewhere in the PAL, Menlo got five goals from Erica Swanson in a 14-5 win over Woodside' Julia Daly scored three goals as Sacred Heart Prep defeated visiting Pioneer, 9-7; and Ashley D'Amour and Katie Given scored twice in Castilleja's 11-8 loss to host Leland.
Menlo-Atherton picked up a pair of wins this week, toppling Bellarmine by 13-6 and crushing Sacred Heart Prep, 20-2. Blake Woodard scored seven goals in the two matches for M-A, which improved to 3-0 in league.
Elsewhere, Menlo improved to 2-0 in league (8-1 overall) with a 15-4 win over Woodside. Devon Arscott, Kevin Teng, Jack Miller, Matt Moone, Scott Harris, Lee Taylor, Matt Burke, John Stacey, and Wiley Birkholder all scored for the Knights, who host Menlo-Atherton on Monday at 4 p.m.
Tuesday was spirit day for the juniors at Castilleja. Nice timing. Alex Chang-Graham dressed up in purple to support her class during the day, then showed her athletic colors that afternoon in a most spectacular way.
The 5-foot-10 Chang-Graham pitched a five-inning perfect game, recording strikeouts for all 15 outs, as the Gators swamped visiting ICA, 11-0, in a West Bay Athletic League opener.
Lauren Augustine had two singles while Stephanie Smith and Sharlene Su contributed doubles. Maddie Priest and Su each drove in a pair of runs as Castilleja improved to 5-3 overall.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Paly won its second game this week with an 8-2 triumph over host Fremont on Wednesday. Kelli Fangonilo ripped a grand slam among her three hits, driving in four runs as the Vikings improved to 2-0 in league (5-7 overall). Brittany Stankovic added two hits and three RBI while Christy Cory tossed a complete-game seven-hitter.
Fangonilo's slam came in the sixth after Kristine Miller had doubled, Tiffany Hawes singled infield and Anne Wildera singled to load the bases.
Fangonilo, normally a right-handed hitter, is batting left after suffering a hand injury earlier in the season. She has a spiral break on a knuckle on her left (glove) hand. She's wearing a special splint that allows her to play. The injury was severe enough at first that Fangonilo was expected to be sidelined eight weeks.
On Tuesday, the Vikings got a complete-game four-hitter from Cory in a 5-0 win over visiting Santa Clara.
Paly got all the runs it needed in the bottom of the first when Fangonilo led off with a triple to right-center field. Stankovic drove home Fangonilo by grounding into a fielder's choice.
In the third, Fangonilo led off with a double and remained at second when Niki Remmel beat out an infield hit. Katie Barich then singled home Fangonilo and Stankovic followed with another single, scoring Remmel.
Elena Stillerman and Cory both walked to load the bases, and shortstop Miller ripped a two-run double to wrap up the scoring.
In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo-Atherton (2-0, 3-4) got a compete-game four-hitter from Danielle Kielty, who also struck out 11 hitters, to spark a 9-0 win over host San Mateo. Natalie Chladek had three hits to lead the Bears, while Jessica Altman, Kelly Morton and Lori Maumasi all added two hits. Chladek and Theresa Tenisi had two RBI.
Menlo School's Ali Lycette struck out 12 and Alex Oceguera had two hits and three RBI to lead the Knights to a 12-1 win over visiting South San Francisco.
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