The 2017 CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships begin Friday at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex with preliminary heats. The cutoff for returning to Saturday’s finals is a top-16 prelim finish with the top eight qualifiers going into championship heats and the next eight filling consolation heats.
Temecula Chaparral’s Liberty Gilbert and Madison Frederick, as well as two of the Pumas’ relays, Riverside King’s Lauren Vitort and Liberty Williams of Redlands East Valley would appear to have the best shot among locals to make a championship heat.
Gilbert’s freshman year came to a crescendo on Saturday at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, where she finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Those performances earned her the No. 3 seed in the 200 free (1:48.59) and the No. 8 seed in the 100 back (54.95).
Frederick, a senior, had a strong Division 2 meet, as well, taking third in the 50 free (23.55), and fourth in the 100 free (50.89), where she is seeded eighth for state. As the 11th seed in the 50 free, she is an outside candidate to make a finals heat.
Gilbert and Frederick will also team with Megan Kelley and Caroline Katzmann as the eighth-seeded team in the 200-free relay (1:36.14) and the No. 6 seed in the 400-free relay (3:27.70). The Pumas are coming off a Division 2 title in the 400-free relay.
Vitort, the lone returner from the Wolves’ 2016 state-champion 400-free relay that keyed a fourth-place team finish, is seeded fourth in the 200 free (1:48.83) coming off placing fourth in Division 2. She’s also seeded 12th in the 500 free (4:54.70).
Williams enters the 500 free as the No. 5 seed (4:51.34) after taking third in the event in Division 2 and she’s also seeded on the cusp of finals qualification at No. 16 in the 200 free (1:51.23).
Her teammate Autumn D’Arcy looks positioned for Saturday swims in the 100 butterfly (10th, 54.67) and the 200-individual medley (2:03.13) and D’Arcy and Williams are set to swim with Sam Nickell and Sydney Benveniste in the No. 14 seed 400-free relay and the D’Arcy, Nickell, Jenna Sanchez and Alexa Melara are seeded 13th in the 200-medley relay.
On the boys side Temecula Great Oak’s Hayden Cornellison is the lone individual area swimmer seeded in the top eight. He’s No. 8 in the 100 back (49.80) after taking third in Division 2.
Murrieta Valley’s James Bilbrey is seeded No. 16 in the 100 fly (49.81) and Redlands’ Division 2-champion 200-medley relay of Daniel Pry, Sofiane Dissem, Sean Edwards and Jack Topoleski is seeded 13th (1:33.81).
Great Oak’s Jenner Pennock is seeded fifth in the boys diving finals, which take place Saturday morning. Yucaipa diver Victoria Rice is seeded 14th among girls divers, who will take the platform Friday morning.
2017 CIF STATE SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Clovis Olympic Swim Complex, at Clovis West High School in Clovis.
8:30 a.m. Diving Finals: Girls
2:30 p.m. Swimming Prelims Begin
8:30 a.m. Diving Finals: Boys
2:30 p.m. Swimming Finals Begin
Tickets/Admission Charges (Gate opens at 7:30 a.m each day)
General Admission: $10 and Children/Students (ASB card)/Seniors 65+: $7
General Admission: $12 and Children/Students (ASB card)/Seniors 65+: $8
Spectrum will provide a live web stream at myspectrumsports.com
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – Girls Diving
Friday, 2:30 p.m. – Girls and Boys Swimming Preliminaries
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Boys Diving
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. – Girls and Boys Swimming Finals
*For those not in the Spectrum footprint, the NFHS Network will be carrying the live stream as well at NFHSNetwork.c
Source : http://www.pe.com/2017/05/18/state-swim-meet-marks-end-of-season-for-top-locals/