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Swim Meet

Righetti's Austin Nims competes in the boys 200 yard medley relay in a PAC 8 League swim meet on Thursday, March 12 at Arroyo Grande High. Nims is this week's Round Table male Athlete of the Week.

Righetti High swimmer Austin Nims had a great week of swimming last week, going 8-for-8 during his events at two dual meets.

Against Orcutt Academy, Nims won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:07.82 and the 50 freestyle in 50.24, then swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team that combined for a 1:46.45 — a consideration time for the CIF Prelims — then also swam a leg on the 400 relay team that won in 3:36.24.

Against Pioneer Valley, Nims won the 200 free in 1:50.2 — a consideration time for the prelims. He won the backstroke in 1:01.13 and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

For his dominating week, Nims was named the male Athlete of the Week at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table luncheon, held Monday at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt.

The female Athlete of the Week has been running away from her opponents for several weeks now and doing it in record fashion.

A week after breaking three meet records at the Rincon Games in Carpinteria, Santa Ynez runner Jackie Chandler set three more meet records at the Royal Classic Saturday at San Marcos High.

On March 7 at the Rincon Games, hosted by Carpinteria, Chandler broke two event records in individual runs, then ran a leg on the 4x400 relay team, which also set a meet record.

Saturday at the Royal classic at San Marcos, Chandler ran the 100 in 12.74, the 200 in 26.28 and the 400 in 55.85.

For her efforts, Chandler was named the female Athlete of the Week at the luncheon. She was not present at the luncheon.

Santa Maria

Athletic director Brian Wallace was accompanied to the luncheon by tennis players, freshman Clark Kringel and senior Jose Martin.

Wallace said that Kringel and Martin are the two best players on the team, which is young. He said that even though the team has struggled, there have been some encouraging things happening.


Boys tennis coach Dave Riley brought senior Jimmy Segura and sophomore Joshua Roehrig from his team.

Riley said that the two were instrumental in the close win over Orcutt Academy last week. Cabrillo and Orcutt tied at 9-9 but the Conquistadores won in games 73-70.

"Without these two, there was no way we could have gotten that done," Riley said.

Baseball coach Jonathan Osborne introduced three juniors — infielder/pitcher Dylan Maiden, pitcher/outfielder Philip Martin and infielder Ryan Martinez.

Osborne said the week wil be busy with leagues games against Templeton this afternoon, Friday against Orcutt Academy and their alumni game Saturday, all at home.

Athletic director Dan Troup spoke for swimming and presented senior Jack Rhodes from the boys team and juniors Michayla Owens, Meagan Stevens from the girls.

Troup said Rhodes swims the 300 and 500 freestyle as well as participates in relays. Owens and Stevens are both sprinters and swim in the relays.

Hancock College

Swim coach Mike Ashmore had three swimmers from the second-year team — sophomore Caija McNeal (Santa Maria High), freshman Patricia Mendez (Pioneer Valley High) and sophomore Bailey Nelson.

McNeal swims the distance races, the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, Mendez is a freestyle sprnter and Nelson also competes in the 500 and 1,000.

"As you may be aware, this is our second year in existence," Ashmore said. "We have 15 girls this year and last year we had nine."


Former AD Dick Barrett spoke for swim and tennis.

Swimmers junior Makena Blanco and freshman Niles Ramos represented their teams.

Barrett said Blanco participates in the medley relay, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke while Ramos competes in the medley relay, the 400 freestyle relay, the 200 free and the 100 butterfly.

From tennis, he introduced juniors Mark Morales and Isaiah Pico, both play in doubles and each one has lost just one set in league so far.

Barrett mentioned that Austin Hayes won both the 100 and the 200 at the Royal Invitational at San Marcos over the weekend.

Barrett also mentioned there are more than just athletic teams thriving in the Lompoc area, with the drama programs from both schools presenting plays — "Cinderella" at Cabrillo and "Tarzan" at Lompoc.

Orcutt Academy

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Swim coach Deanna Ayers brought two of her team's captains — Emily Ayers and Derek Sportsman.

Ayers said that Emily, her daughter, has already had a pair of CIF qualifying times and several consideration times and Sportsman races in multiple events, depending where, as a coach, she must put him.

Tennis coach John Cartwright introduced two sophomores who are making a mark in the LPL — his No.1 singles player Dominic Mariscal and Kyle Wells.

Mariscal is the No. 1 singles player, who has only lost one set this season and Wells has been successful as well.

Athletic director Chad McKenzie spoke for baseball and had pitcher Brad Mason with him.

McKenzie recapped the team's first foray into Los Padres League play. 

"We were down 8-0 going into the bottom of the second," he explained. "But they kept their composure and came back to win the game 9-8."

Pioneer Valley

With athletic director Greg Lanthier serving as a driver only, baseball player Anthony Garcia, a junior who plays infield, pitcher and catcher spoke for his team, introducing senior outfielder Brian Contreras.


Righetti Swim coach Nathan Oh introduced the junior Nims, junior Kyle Goodrich, won the 100 fly and was second in the 500 in a dual against Pioneer Valley, and sophomore Robert Groppetti, who won the 200 IM and the 500.

Baseball coach Brian Tomooka brought senior Conor Regan, who plays first base and in the outfield and will be pitching as well, senior outfielder Brian Dowell and sophomore pitcher/infielder Matt Sauer from his team.

"These three guys are extremely hard workers," Tomooka said. "And we are just fortunate to have these guys."

Righetti (4-1) had a bye week and is anxious to get going with three games this week.

Tennis co-captain Kyler Corral spoke for his team. Corral said he and doubles his partner John Sawtelle swept their three matches last week against Pioneer Valley to help the Warriors gain their first win in PAC 8 League play.