Conference Champions 2012
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Nine Mesa aquatic athletes were recently named to the 2013 All-America Awards list. These included 8 swimmers and 1 diver. The swimmers are Aydee Altamirano, Jackie Campbell, Diana Carreon, Jordan LaHaie, Natasha MacAskill, Alejandra Pantoja, Giselle Suarez and Alisha Weaver. Michelle McDonald was named to the All-America diving honors.
Mesa sophomore diver Michelle McDonald was named California State Female Diver of the Year. The awards keep rolling in this season. Michelle finished the conference dual meet season undefeated, was conference champion in both boards, won both the 1 and 3-meter diving events at the Southern California Championships, won the 1-meter event and finished second in the 3-meter diving event at the State Championships. Previously she was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Diver of the Year. Next she will be recognized on the All-America honors by virtue of her first and second place State finishes.
The San Diego Mesa women’s swimming and diving team finished in 9th place at the California State Championships this past weekend. The Olympians were paced by sophomore diver Michelle McDonald who finished first in the 1-meter diving event and 2nd in the 3-meter diving event. Michelle is the fourth diver from Mesa to win a State Championship.
Other individual finalist included Giselle Suarez who was 6th in the 100 Back and 12th in the 50 Back; Alisha Weaver, 8th in the 50 Breast; Jordan LaHaie, 10th in the 1650 Free, 13th in the 200 Free and 16th in the 500 Free; Alejandra Pantoja, 10th in the 200 Free and 16th in the 100 Fly.
All 5 Mesa Relays scored with the following results and team members: 800 Free Relay - 5th place, (LaHaie, Pantoja, Suarez, Aydee Altamirano); 400 Medley Relay – 8th place, (Suarez, Weaver, Pantoja, Diana Carreon); 200 Medley Relay – 10th place, (Suarez, Weaver, Natasha Macaskill, Diana Carreon); 400 Free Relay -10th place, (LaHaie, Carreon, Suarez, Pantoja); 200 Free Relay -11th place, (Pantoja, Weaver, Jackie Campbell, Carreon);
Mesa diver Michelle McDonald won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at the SoCal Regional Diving Championships and qualified for the State Diving Championships. McDonald will enter the State meet as the number 1 ranked diver.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team won their 4th Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship in the past 5 years and second consecutive by establishing a new team point total of 997.
Several women won multiple individual events and Mesa won all 5 relays to easily outdistance Grossmont.
Michelle McDonald won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events and was named PCAC Diver of the Year.
Giselle Suarez won the 50 and 100 Back, Alejandra Pantoja won the 50 Free and 100 Fly, Jordan LaHaie won the 500 Free and repeated as 1650 Free champion. Alisha Weaver won the 50 Breast.
Winning Mesa relays included the following team members: 800 Free Relay - (LaHaie, Pantoja, Suarez, Diana Carreon); 400 Medley Relay – (Suarez, Weaver, Pantoja, Carreon); 200 Medley Relay – (Suarez, Weaver, Natasha Macaskill, Jackie Campbell); 400 Free Relay - (Pantoja, Aydee Altamirano, Suarez, Carreon ); 200 Free Relay - (Pantoja, Weaver, Campbell, Carreon);
9 women qualified for the State Championships.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team turned in a dominating performance as it finished the conference dual meets undefeated in beating Grossmont 214-98.
Mesa won all but two individual events as many of the girls swam in off-events. Multiple event winners included Giselle Suarez 200 Free, 100 Back; Alejandra Pantoja 200 IM, 100 Free; Alisha Weaver 50, 100 Breast and Michelle McDonald 1, 3 meter diving. Other event winners included Jordan LaHaie 1000 Free, Aydee Altamorano 50 Back, Natasha Macaskill 100 Fly, Monica Longworth 50 Free, Jackie Campbell 100 IM.
Suarez, Weaver and Macaskill were joined by Diana Carreon on the winning 200 Medley Relay.
LaHaie, Weaver, Pantoja and Longworth won the 200 Free Relay.
With the win Mesa repeats as conference dual meet champions.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team remained undefeated with their second conference win, beating Southwestern College 226-74 in the last home swim meet for 8 sophomores.
Mesa was led by 3 event winner Alejandra Pantoja 50, 100, 200 Freestyle. Several others had multiple event wins including Michelle McDonald, 1-meter and 3 meter diving; Alicia Weaver, 50, 100 Breaststroke; Giselle Suarez 50, 100 Backstroke; Natasha Macaskill 50, 100 Fly. Jordan LaHaie won the 200 IM.
Suarez, Weaver, Pantoja and Diana Carreon won the 200 Medley Relay while Macaskill, Carreon, Weaver and Jackie Campbell won the 200 Free Relay.
The eight sophomores who were recognized before the meet included Diana Carreon, Dana Griffith, Jordan LaHaie, Rachyl Stevens, Nikole Lanchares, Sarah Takada, Michelle McDonald, Giselle Suarez.
Mesa is the defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions.
Mesa swimmers Diana Carreon and Alisha Weaver were both recognized by the PCAC for their performances last week in the dual meet win over Palomar by being named honorable mention Athletes of the Week.
Carreon and Weaver were both part of the winning 200 Medley and 200 Free relays.
Carreon won the 200 Free and 100 Free individual events while Weaver won both the 50 and 100 Breaststroke events.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team dominated conference rival Palomar in the first PCAC dual meet of the season, winning 229-59. Mesa won all but 3 of the 17 events contested. Multiple event winners included Alisha Weaver, Diana Carreon, Giselle Suarez, Jordan LaHaie and Michelle McDonald, each winning two individual events. Weaver and Carreon were both on the winning medley and free relays while Suarez joined them on the medley. Weaver won both breastsroke events (50, 100) while Carreon won the 200 Free and 100 Free. McDonald won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events and LaHaie won the 1650 Free and 100 IM. Other individual event winners included Nancy Nguyen (200 IM), and Alyssa Seaux (50 Free).
Jackie Campbell was second in both breaststrokes and part of the winning 200 Free Relay. Abby McCrea-Brown finished second in both the 1650 and 500 Free.
Mesa next travels to the Chaffey Invitational at Riverside College. Next PCAC opponent is Southwestern at Mesa on March 15.
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference named Mesa women's swimmer Jordan LaHaie conference Athlete of the Week for her performance last week at the Mt. SAC Invitational. Jordan won the 200 Back, finished 6th in the 1650 Free as well as top 10 finishes in the 500 Free, 200 Free and was a member of 2 Mesa relays that finished in the top 5. Jordan is the defending PCAC champion in the 1650 Free.
The Mesa women's swimmers and divers finished in 4th place out of 20 teams at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational. As the biggest early season meet it is always a good indication of how the season looks. With many fast swims and high finishes the season looks to be a good one. Top finishers for Mesa included Michelle McDonald, who won the diving competition and Jordan LaHaie who won the 200 Backstroke.
Mesa opens up conference competition next week at Palomar.
After last years conference championship, Mesa's 4th in 5 years, expectations are high for the 2013 swimming and diving season. With over 30 members on the roster the women are expected to win both the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference dual meet and championship meet team titles. The returning 10 sophomores bring a wealth of talent, including 4 All-Americans, to go along with the 22 freshmen. The diving squad has 3 new members plus the return of 2012 conference champion and State meet qualifier, Michelle McDonald to secure valuable points during the season. On the swim side, conference champion (1650 Free) Jordan LaHaie is joined by fellow All-American honorees Diana Carreon, Giselle Suarez and Alisha Weaver. The large freshmen group is led by Alejandra Pantoja, Jackie Campbell, Kristi Ibarra, Victoria Kilburg, Monica Longworth and Natasha Macaskill among others.
I’m happy to report the Mesa women’s swimming and diving team won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend. Mesa finished with 850 points to outdistance Palomar 808, Grossmont 800, and Southwestern 238.
Mesa diver, Michelle McDonald was named Diver of the Year as she won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
All 19 of the following team members contributed points towards the win. The first 8 will advance to the State Championships this coming week. Six are conference event champions.
The annual Alumni Pizza night will be held Tuesday, April 3 at Giovanni's Restaurant on Balboa Ave from 6 pm - 8 pm.
This annual event is held during spring break and gives the current team an opportunity to meet former Mesa Olympians from water polo, swimming and diving as well as alumni a chance to catch up with old teammates.
This year we are holding a fundraiser in conjunction with the Pizza dinner. There will be an opportunity drawing for a wide range of prizes totaling over $2,000.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team beat Southwestern College in the last conference dual meet of the season, 214-46 to remain unbeaten and claim the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference dual meet title. This is the fourth time in the last five years Mesa has won the dual meet championship. In the dual meet Mesa was led by triple individual event winner Nancy Nguyen who won the 50 Back, 100 Back and 100 IM. Giselle Suarez won two events, 200 Free and 50 Fly as did Michelle McDonald, 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, Alina Duran, 1000 Free and 500 Free, Jordan LaHaie, 200 IM and 100 Breast . Mesa swept both relays. Other individual event winners were Selina Schmeck (50 Breast), Diana Carreon (50 Free), Hanieh Khatibi (100 Free), Danielle Carey (100 Fly).
Mesa next competes at the Pasadena Invitational, Friday April 6.
Giselle Suarez was named honorable mention Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for her performances in the Mesa vs Palomar swimming and diving dual meet last week. Mesa won 193-99 and remain undefeated in conference.
Suarez won 3 individual events; the 50 and 100 Backstroke and the 50 Fly as well as being a member of the winning 200 Medley Relay. Her times in the 50 and 100 backstroke lead the conference.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team took a big step towards winning the PCAC dual meet championship by beating rival Palomar, 193-99. Mesa won both relays, both diving events and swept the 50 Breast to lock up the win. Giselle Suarez won 3 individual events; 50 and 100 Backstroke and the 50 Fly and was a member of the winning 200 Medley Relay. Diana Carreon won the 50 and 100 Free as well as swimming on the winning 200 Free Relay. Alisha Weaver won the 50 Breast, 100 Breast and was a member of both winning relays. Michelle McDonald won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Other event winners included Jordan LaHaie in the 1000 Free and Alina Duran in the 100 IM.
Mesa should have no problem beating Southwestern in their last PCAC dual meet, at SWC Friday, March 30.
The Mesa women's swimming team finished 2nd out of 10 teams at the Riverside Invitational this past weekend. Mesa was without their divers and fell 86 points short of winner Riverside a margin the divers could have made up. Alisha Weaver won both breaststroke events 50, 100 and placed 4th in the 50 Free. Alina Duran won the 100 IM, was 2nd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 Breast. Danielle Carey was 2nd in the 100 Fly and 4th in the 50 Fly. Jordan La Haie was 4th in both the 500 Free and 200 IM, 5th in the 100 Back and 1650 Free. Giselle Suarez was 2nd in the 100 Back, 3rd in the 50 Back, 6th in the 50 Fly and 100 IM.
Mesa won the 800 Free Relay (Suarez, Duran, Carreon, LaHaie) and 200 Medley Relay (Suarez, Weaver, Carey, Carreon), 2nd in the 400 Medley (Suarez, Weaver, Carey, Carreon) and 400 Free Relay (Suarez, Carreon, Schmeck, Weaver).
Alina Duran was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the week for her performance in the dual meet against conference rival Grossmont. Duran, a freshman from La Quinta High School in La Quinta, won three individual events and was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay team as Mesa’s swimmers downed Grossmont 174-137. She won the 200 IM, the 200 free and 100 IM.
Mesa continued it's winning ways by dispatching Grossmont in the first PCAC dual meet of the season, 174-137.
Mesa had strong relay swims to earn victories in both the 200 medley (Suarez, Weaver, Carey, Carreon) and 200 Free Relay ( Schmeck, Suarez, LaHaie, Weaver) and both quality and quantity in the diving events to go 1, 3, 5 in the 1-meter and 1,3,4 in the 3-meter events. Michelle McDonald won both events for Mesa.
Alina Duran won 3 individual events (200 IM, 200 Free, 100 IM), Alisha Weaver won both the 50 and 100 Breaststroke,
Other individual event winners included Jordan LaHaie (500 Free + 2nd place finished in the 200 IM, 200 Free), Danielle Carey (100 Fly + 2nd in the 50 Fly) and Diana Carreon (50 Free + 2nd in the 100 Free).
Mesa will travel next weekend to the Chaffey Invitational hosted by Riverside College.
Alisha Weaver was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Mt. SAC Invitational swimming and diving meet this past weekend.
Weaver, a freshman from Woodcreek High School in Roseville, won the 50 yard Breaststroke in 32.71 and placed second in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.88 to help Mesa to a fourth place team finish out of 18 teams. Weaver was part of two third-place and two fourth-place relay teams.
The Mesa women's swimming and diving team finished in 4th place out of 18 teams at the Mt SAC Swimming and Diving Invitational last weekend. Alisha Weaver and Giselle Suarez won individual events during the competition and all Mesa relays finished in the top 4. Weaver won the 50 Breast and was second in the 100 Breast, while Suarez won the 100 Back and placed third in the 50 Back. Michelle McDonald finished in 4th place in the women's diving event.
Next up will be a home conference dual meet with Grossmont.
Anyone interested in joining the swimming or diving team needs to contact Coach Jim Fegan at email@example.com or call 619-388-2452. The spring season starts on January 16. Our first practice is at 9:00 AM on the pool deck. After some announcements and paperwork we will be doing some dry-land and a short swim workout.
Eligibility, practice and competition schedules will be covered at the meeting.
The final day of the California State Swimming and Diving Championships found the Mesa women's team battling to stay in the 5 spots. As it turned out they were able to finish in 4th place in the Team race, the best finish in school history.
Murphy Wimer finished 2nd in the 1650 Free in a new school record time while Julie Wells finished in 5th place in the 100 Breast and the 400 Free Relay team of Wimer, Wells, Nicole Macarthur and Stefani Feilen finished in 7th place to wrap up the meets final event.
Mesa finished with 271 points and 4th place.
Day 2 of the California State Swimming and Diving Championships proved even better than day 1 for the Mesa womne's swimming and diving team. Murphy Wimer won the 200 Individual Medley and Julie Wells finished in 3rd place. The win is Wimer's 4th individual state championship. The 200 Medley Relay team of Talyssa D'Avila, Alisha Ritchie, Alicia Harding and Stefani Feilen finished in 8th place to earn more medals for Mesa. MaryKate Foster finished 11th in the 50 Fly and Talyssa D'Avila finished in 10th place in the 50 Back.
One of the best relay swims for Mesa turned out to the the 800 Free Relay, as Mesa swimming in lane 1, went out with the leaders and finished 3rd with a new school record and a 13 second improvement from conference! The relay team was comprised of Murphy Wimer, Julie Wells, Marykate Foster and Nicole Macarthur.
In the 3-meter diving event Katie Gibson finished 12th and Jessica James finished in 14th place.
Mesa sits in 4th place after day 2 with 217 points.
The first day of the California State Swimming and Diving Championships proved a big one for the Mesa women's team.
Murphy Wimer finished in 2nd place in the 500 Free, Julie Wells finished in 5th place in 100 IM, and Talyssa D'Avila finished in 15th place in the 50 Free.
In the 1-meter diving event Jessica James finished in 7th place while Katie Gibson finished in 10th.
The 200 Free Relay team of D'Avila, Nicole Macarthur, Marykate Foster and Stefani Feilen finished in 5th place while the 400 Medley Relay team of Wimer, Wells, Foster and Macarthur finished in 4th place.
At the end of the day the Mesa team stood in 3rd place with 109 points.
Murphy Wimer was named Co-Swimmer of the Year for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as she won 3 individual events (500 Free, 200 IM, 1650 Free) and was a member of 3 winning relays (400 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay). Wimer set new conference records in the 200 IM and 1650 Free.
Katie Gibson was named Diver of the Year for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference by virtue of her winning the 1-meter diving event and finishing second in the 3-meter event. She placed 5th at the Southern California Diving Championships in the 1-meter and 7th in the 3-meter. She qualified for State Championships in both boards.
On the third and final day of competition the Mesa women's swimming and diving team secured their second consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship, scoring 885 points to Palomar's 679, Grossmont's 658 and Southwestern's 366.
Murphy Wimer won the 1650 in a new conference and state qualifying time of 17:52.65. Alisha Ritchie finished second and Madeline Wolfe finished 4th. Talyssa D'Avila won the 100 Back, while Julie Wells finished second in the 100 Breast to Palomar's Rachal Lutz. Both girls qualified for the state championships. Marykate Foster and Alicia Harding again finished 1-2 in the butterfly, this time in the 100. The 400 Free Relay team of Talyssa D'Avila, Nicole Macarthur, Murphy Wimer and Stefani Feilen ended the meet with a winning time of 3:52.85.
Mesa continued its dominance during the second day of action, winning 6 of 8 events and increasing their lead to over 100 points. Five of the events were new conference records. Winning the 200 Medley Relay was the team of Talyssa D'Avila, Jule Wells, MaryKate Foster and Stefani Feilen. Murphy Wimer and Julie Wells went 1-2 in the 200 IM with Ali McNeil finishing 5th and Adrianna Herrera coming in 8th. Nicole Macarthur defended her title in the 200 Free in a conference record. Alisha Ritchie, Catalina Barraza went 2-3 in the 5o Breast while Marykate Foster and Alicia Harding went 1-2 in the 50 Fly. Talyssa D'Avila finished second in the 50 Back with a state qualifying time of 28.74. Both McNeil and Herrera finals in the 50 back to score a double on the day. The 800 Free Relay team of Wimer, Foster, Macarthur and Wells set a new conference record with a 8:07.67.
Jessica James won the 3-meter diving event as Katie Gibson finished second, both girls qualified for the state championships.
The Mesa women won 5 of 6 events on the first day of the Pacific Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships and finished the day in first place. The 200 Free Relay team of Julie Wells, Nicole Macarthur, Marykate Foster and Stefani Feilen won the first event in a state qualifying 1:41.12. Murphy Wimer won the 500 Free with Alisha Ritchie finishing 3rd, Catalina Barraza, 4th, and Madeline Wolfe finishing 5th. Julie Wells , the lone entry in the 100 IM, finished 2nd with an unshaved 1:01.21. Stefani Feilen led a 1-4 finish in the 50 Free as Talyssa D'Avila, Nicole Macarthur and Marykate Foster swept the top spots. In the final swimming event of the day, Mesa cruised to a win in the 400 Medley Relay with conference record and state qualifying time of 4:08.45. Wimer, Wells, Foster and Macarthur secured the win.
In the 1-meter diving event Mesa finished 1-2 as Katie Gibson and Jessica James boht qualified for the state championships.
Approaching this weekends Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships the Mesa College women are the early favorites to defend their title and win back to back championships.
Led by a 1-2 finish in the conference diving events the Olympians already have a 76 point lead.
The swimmers will be lead by defending conference champions Murphy Wimer, and Nicole Macarthur. Julie Wells, Marykate Foster, Alicia Harding, Talyssa D'Avila will challange for individual titles. Mesa is the defending champion in all 5 relays.
Mesa College's Katie Gibson won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship in the 1-meter diving event. Jessica James finished in 2nd place.
James came back and won the PCAC championship in the 3-meter diving event as Gibson finished in 2nd place.
Both divers qualified for the State Championship in both events.
Both Katie Gibson and Jessica James qualified for the State Diving Championships by virtue of their top 6 finish at the Southern California Diving Championships. Gibson finished in 4th place in the 1-meter event while James finished in 7th. In the 3-meter event James finished in 6th place and Gibson in 7th. Both divers will compete in both events at the state championships.
Attending only the first session of a three session invitational the Mesa women's swimming and diving team was still able to finish in 7th place and turned in some season best times. Mesa had top 5 finishes by both Katie Gibson and Jessica James in both the 1- meter and 3-meter diving events.
Using a different event and scoring format Mesa was put to the test by Mt. SAC during its annual spring break non-conference dual meet. In the closest dual meet of the year Mesa was able to get key wins down the stretch to win by 6 points in the swimming events. The final cushion was provided by the divers who lead a 1-2 finish in the two diving board events. The scoring format only used the top 3 finishers in each event and only the winning relay team received points. Mesa got key wins from Murphy Wimer (1000 Free, 100 Fly, 500 Free, 400 Free Relay), Nicole Macarthur (50 Free, 400 Free Relay), Julie Wells (200 Free, 100 IM, 400 Free Relay), Alicia Harding (50 Fly), Talyssa D'Avila (50 Back).
Mesa finishes the dual meet season undefeated for a third year in a row.
Despite swimming mostly off-events the Mesa women's swimming and diving team had little trouble beating Southwestern College, 203-96 and wrapping up the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference dual meet Team Championship, the third in a row.
Multiple event winners included Nicole Macarthur (200 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay), Julie Wells (50 Free, 50 Breast, 200 Medley Relay), Katie Gibson (1 & 3 - Meter diving), Alicia Harding (200 Medley Relay, 50 Fly), Marykate Foster (100 Fly, 200 Free Relay), Madeline Wolfe (500 Free, 200 Free Relay), Murphy Wimer (50 Breast, 100 Back).
Mesa next faces Mt. SAC in a non-conference dual meet during spring break.
After two days of swimming and diving and one full day of rain, hail and some lightening the Mesa women's swimming and diving team finished 3rd out of 19 teams from across California. Despite the cold and wet weather there were numerous great swims. Murphy Wimer won 3 individual events (500 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly) and Julie Wells finished 3rd in the 100 IM, 4th in both the 200 IM, 100 Free and 5th in the 100 breast. Other top 10 finishers include Talyssa D'Avila, 8th in the 50 Back; Nicole MacArthur, 10th in the 50 Free; Marykate Foster and Alicia Harding, 7th and 9th respectfully in the 100 Fly. Mesa finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in the 200 Back with Ali McNeil, Emily Torres and Adrianne Herrera. In diving Jesse James finished 10th and Katy Gibson finished 12th.
Mesa started the conference dual meet season off with almost total dominance, crushing rival Grossmont 205-96. The Olympians only lost one race, that being the final individual event, the 100 IM, and swept both relays.
Several athletes won multiple events including Nicole MacArthur (50, 100 Free, both relays), Talyssa D'Avila (50, 100 Back, Medley Relay), MaryKate Foster (50, 100 Fly, both relays), Julie Wells (200 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Breast, Medley Relay), Murphy Wimer (200 IM, 500, 1000 Free, Free Relay), Katy Gibson (1, 3- meter diving).
Despite winning 3 of the 5 individual events and 4 of the 8 relay events the Mesa women's team finished in a surprising 3rd place in the Waterman Festival meet. Team size played a roll as Mesa only fielded one relay while other teams entered 2-3 to score valuable points in the team race. Murphy Wimer won both the 100 Fly and 200 IM while Julie Wells won the 100 Breaststroke and finished second in the 50 free to pace the Olympians. The winning Mesa relays included the 350 Breaststroke, 350 Fly, 350 Free and the 600 IM.
In the seasons first competition Mesa got off to a great start by having the top 2 finishers in the Waterman Pentathlon. Murphy Wimer won the 5 event competition with a combined time of 3:01.40, while teammate Julie Wells finished second in 3:02.19. Both outpaced the field of 129 athletes. Talyssa D'Avila finished in 13 th place, Alisha Rithie came in 23rd.
Coming off last season's Conference Championship and 5th place State Championship finish, optimism is high for another great season. With 5 returning state qualifiers the core of the team remains intact. The loss of breaststroker Lauren Braswell and diver Megan Looney, both finalists at State will need to be addressed. Team Captains Murphy Wimer and Julie Wells will lead the way. Wimer won 3 events (500 Free, 200 IM, 100 Fly) at the State Championship while Wells finished 3rd in both the 100 and 200 IM and 6th in the 100 Breaststroke. Other State returners include Talyssa D'Avila, Marykate Foster, and Nicole MacArthur. Returning team members who will look to move up include Alicia Harding, Alisha Ritchie, Catalina Barraza, Madeline Wolfe and Emily Torres. Incoming freshmen who will be counted on include Ali McNeil, Adrienne Herrera, and Stefani Feilen. The diving team expects to continue its excellence with three new members, Katy Gibson, Jessica James and Sarah Weise.
On the final day of the meet Mesa secured a 5th place team finish with more outstanding swims as 3 more school records were set. Murphy Wimer won her third individual state title with a 56.34 in the100 Fly. Only one other swimmer captured 3 individual titles.
Julie Wells and Lauren Braswell scored in the 100 Breast, Wells finishing 4th in a school record 1:06.75, and Braswell 15th in 1:09.94. In the 400 Free Relay, the team of Wimer, Macarthur, Foster and Wells recorded a school record 3:38.22, good for a 6th place finish.
Mesa finished the meet in 5th place with 253 points.
Mesa continued its outstanding performances with another state title and several finalist swims. The 200 Medley Relay team of D'Avila, Braswell, Foster and Macarthur finished in 7th place at 1:52.32, just off the school record set in the morning with Murphy Wimer replacing Foster. Wimer sat out the evening relay to focus on the 200 IM, which paid off as she ran away with the title, winning by over 3 seconds and just off the state mark with a 2:03. 956. Teammate Julie Wells finished in 3rd place with a 2:07.89. Lauren Braswell finished in 16th place in the 50 breast and Megan Looney wrapped up the 3-meter diving with an 7th place finish, with 182.85 points. The 800 Free Relay team of Wimer, Braswell, Macarthur and Wells finished in 5th place in a school record of 8:00.93. Murphy Wimer led off the relay with a blazing 1:53.38, good for another school record and second best 200 time in the entire meet.
Mesa moved up in the team race to 5th place with 190 points.
The California State Swimming and Diving Championships started off in grand fashion for the Mesa College women's swimming and diving team. In the 200 Free Relay final the team of Talyssa D'Avila, Nicole Macarthur, MaryKate Foster and Julie Wells finished in fifth place in a new school record of 1:40.12
In the second event, the 500 Free, Murphy Wimer led wire to wire to win the first of three state titles in 5:00.92, easily breaking her school record of 5:03.65 set in the morning heats. Next up was Julie Wells in the 100 IM. Wells finished in third place in another school record of 59.27. Her time is the sixth fastest all-time in community college competition.
In the 50 Free Talyssa D'Avila finished in 15th place in 25.26. Her prelim time of 24.81 seeded her 9th and was an improvement from the 25.24 entry time.
In the final event of Day 1, the 400 Medley Relay team of D'Avila, Lauren Braswell, Wimer and Wells finished in 4:07.92, good for 7th place.
In the 1-meter diving event, Megan Looney finished in 12th place, with 153.70 points.
Mesa finished the first day in 6th place in the team race with 89 points.
Nicole Macarthur was named Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Week based on her performances at the PCC Swimming and Diving Championships. Macarthur, a freshman from Scripps Ranch High School, won three events to lead the Olympians to the team title. Her gold medals came in the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle races. She was named Co-Swimmer of the Meet.
The final day of the conference championships provided more great swims for the women of Mesa. In the longest event, 1650 Free, Crystal Patterson and Carrie Christianson finished 2-3. Talyssa D'Avila followed with a second place finish in the 100 Back. Mesa finished 2-3-4-5-6 in the 100 Breast as Julie Wells lead a parade of Mesa swimmers including Lauren Braswell, Whitney Porter, Alisha Ritchie and Catalina Barraza. Murphy Wimer and MaryKate Foster finished 1-2 in the 100 Fly to get Mesa back to the winning side. In the final event of the meet, the 400 Free Relay, Mesa dominated from the start as Julie Wells led off in a 54.32 followed by MaryKate Foster, Nicole Macarthur and Murphy Wimer.
Mesa finished with 948 points to beat runner-up Grossmont by over 250 points.
Mesa opened up the second day of the conference championships with five straight event wins. The first win was in the 200 Medley relay as the team of Talyssa D'Avila, Lauren Braswell, Murphy Wimer and Nicole Macarthur went 1:52.23 for another conference and school record. Wimer and Julie Wells followed that up with a 1-2 finish in the 200 IM, Wimer winning in 2:10.81 followed by Wells in 2:17.18. In the 50 Fly the Olympians went 1-2-3 with MaryKate Foster, Lauren Braswell and Alicia Harding sweeping the top spots. Katie Kelner won the consolation heat as well. Next up was Nicole Macarthur who won her second event of the meet by posting a 2:02.49 for a win in the 200 free. Crystal Patterson finished fifth with Madeline Wolfe next in sixth. Lauren Braswell took the win in the 50 Breast as five of the eight finalists were from Mesa. Braswell's 31.51 was followed in second by Whitney Porter, fourth and fifth went to Alisha Ritchie and Catalina Barraza with Kristy Cornwell finishing in eighth and Emily Torres winning the consolation final. Talyssa D'Avila finished second in the 50 back with Amanda Staub in eighth and Carrie Christianson winning the consolation final. In the 800 Free Relay, Mesa got a commanding lead from Murphy Wimer, Lauren Braswell and Julie Wells to allow Nicole Macarthur to cruise home for the win in 8:15.31.
In the 3-meter diving event, Mesa finished 2-3 as Megan Looney was followed by Elise Aquilar. Megan qualified for the state meet with a sixth place finish at the SoCal Championships.
At the end of day 2 Mesa held a commanding lead of over 150 points.
Mesa got off to a great start on the first day of the Pacific Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships with 2 relay wins and 2 individual event wins. Mesa leads the meet with 307 points to 203 for Grossmont and 197 for Palomar.
The 200 Free Relay team of Nicole Macarthur, Talyssa D'Avila, Marykate Foster and Julie Wells went 1:40.49 to establish new conference and school records.
Murphy Wimer followed that up with a win in the 500 Free (5:08.90) which was also a new conference and school record. All 5 Mesa swimmers in the 500 finished in the top 8.
In the 100 IM, Julie Wells set a new school record with a 1:00.14 while finishing second. Whitney Porter finished 4th and Kristy Cornwell won the consolation finals.
Mesa went 1-2-5-7 in the 50 free final with Nicole Macarthur and Talyssa D'Avila in a close race (25.22-25.24) followed by Marykate Foster 26.11 and Alicia Harding at 26.72.
In the 1-meter diving event, Mesa finished 2-3 with Megan Looney and Elise Aquilar. Looney qualified for the state championship by virtue of her top 6 finish in the SoCal region.
In the final event Mesa ran away on the final leg of the 400 Medley Relay to win in a new conference and school record of 4:03.98. D'Avila, Lauren Braswell, Wimer and Wells comprised the relay.
Talyssa D'Avila was named Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the week for her performance against Mt. San Antonio College. D'Avila, a freshman from Point Loma High School, helped lead Mesa's swimmers to a 164-130 win over Mt. SAC as the Olympians completed an undefeated dual meet season.
D'Avila won the 50 and 100 backstroke events vs. the Mounties and was part of Mesa's winning 200 medley relay team.
Mesa keeps its unbeaten streak alive with a 164-130 non-conference dual meet win over Mt. San Antonio College. In what turned out to be a competitive team and individual races, Mesa was able to pull away late and cruise to the win. Mesa started the meet off with a season best 200 Medley Relay time of 1:55.73 with the team of Talyssa D'Avila, Lauren Braswell, Murphy Wimer and Julie Wells. Wimer led the team with 3 individual wins (200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Fly) to go along with the relay win. Wells would win two (100 IM, 100 Free) and contribute a second in the 100 breast. D'Avila won both the 50 and 100 Backstrokes, Lauren Braswell won the 50 Fly. Megan Looney won both the 1 and 3-meter diving competitions. Mesa will travel to Pasadena for the first day of a two-day invitational before competing at the Pacific Coast Conference Championships.
Mesa clinches Pacific Coast Conference dual meet championship with big win over Grossmont, 192-93. The Olympians won all but 1 event as they recorded their 3rd dual meet win. Individual event winners for Mesa included: Murphy Wimer (200 IM, 100 Back, 100 Fly), Julie Wells (50 Free, 100 Breast, 500 Free), Nicole Macarthur (100 Free, 200 Free), Talyssa D'Avila (50 Fly) Whitney Porter (50 Breast), Lauren Braswell (50 Breast). The winning 200 Medley Relay team was D'Avila, Braswell, Wimer and Macarthur while the winning 200 Free Relay was Braswell, Foster, Wells and Alicia Harding. Melissa Lowe won the 1-meter diving event and Megan Looney won the 3-meter diving event.
Mesa next will host a non-conference dual meet against Mt. San Antonio before competing at the Pasadena Invitational.
Mesa wins second Pacific Coast Conference dual meet easily outdistancing Southwestern College, 221-63. The win improves Mesa's record to 2-0. The Olympians swept several events while swimming off-events. The Jaguars of Southwestern had several event winners in only their second season of competition. Individual event winners for Mesa included: Julie Wells (200 IM, 50 Fly),Nicole Macarthur (50 Free, 200 Free), Murphy Wimer (100 Free, 100 Breast ), MaryKate Foster (100 Fly), Talyssa D'Avila (50 Back) Whitney Porter (500 Free), Lauren Braswell (50 Breast). The winning 200 Medley Relay team was D'Avila, Braswell, Foster and Madeline Wolfe while the winning 200 Free Relay was Foster, Porter, Wolfe and Catalina Barraza.
Mesa next will face conference rival Grossmont.
Mesa finished in second place at the 3rd annual Chaffey Invitational despite not having half the team due to illness or injury. Mesa finished behind Sierra College but ahead of 9 other schools with 565 points. Mesa had only 12 swimmers at the meet and one less after the first event when a swimmer strained foot ligaments slipping off the blocks. Despite a small storm during the first day's action good performances were still turned in by most of the Mesa swimmers. Murphy Wimer missed setting 3 different meet records, each by less than a half second. Julie Wells finished second in three events while all 5 of the Mesa relays finished in 2nd place.
Julie Wells becomes the second Mesa swimmer named Pacific Coast Conference swimmer of the week. Wells won 3 individual events (100 Breast, 100 Free, 100 IM ) in the conference dual meet against Palomar and was also on the winning 200 Free Relay.
Mesa swamps Palomar in the first Pacific Coast Conference dual meet of the season, 191-79. Winning all but 3 events the Olympians cruised to an easy conference win over conference rival Palomar. Multi-event winners included Melissa Lowe (diving), Murphy Wimer (200 IM, 100 Fly, 500 Free), and Julie Wells (100 IM, 100 Free, 100 Breast). Both relays were won by Mesa, the 200 Medley Relay team of Talyssa D'Avila, Lauren Braswell, Wimer and Nicole Macarthur and the 200 Free Relay team of Wells, D'Avila, MaryKate Foster, and Macarthur.
Next meet is the Chaffey Invitational followed by a conference dual meet with Southwestern College at the Mesa pool.
Based on her outstanding performance at last weeks Mt. San Antonio Invitational swimming meet, Murphy Wimer was named Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the week. Wimer won 3 events and finished 2nd in one while recording a meet record in the 200 Butterfly. Wimer's efforts led Mesa to a 3rd place team finish.
Mesa finished in 3rd place out of 18 teams at the prestigious Mt. San Antonio College Invitational swimming and diving meet. The Olympians had a bundle of outstanding swims as they scored 468 points. Murphy Wimer led the way with 3 individual wins (500 Free, 200 Fly, 400 IM) setting a meet record in the 200 Fly and just missing the meet record in the 400 IM. Julie Wells had another strong showing, finishing in 2nd place in the 100 and 200 IM's as well as top 5 finishes in the 100 Free and 50, 100 Breaststroke. The 200 Medley finished in 4th place while the 400 Medley Relay team finished in 2nd place. Other top 10 performances included Nicole Macarthur (50 Free), Lauren Braswell (50, 100 Breast), MaryKate Foster (50, 100 Fly) and Elise Aquilar in the diving event.
The 3rd place team finish proves Mesa will be in contention for a top 3 finish at the State championships later this season.
It took a total team effort but the Mesa College women's swimming and diving team finished in first place at the Waterman Festival edging Cerritos by 2 points, 594 to 592.
Individual event winners included Julie Wells in the 200 Individual Medley and Lauren Braswell in the 100 Breaststroke. Murphy Wimer finished 2nd in the 100 Butterfly.
Mesa won three relays including the 350 Butterfly, 350 Breaststroke and 600 Iron women relays while finishing in second in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relays.
Mesa divers, Elise Aquilar and Melissa Lowe finished 1-2 in the diving event that ultimately helped secure the win.
Mesa finishes with 4 of the top 10 performers at the annual Pacific Coast Pentathlon. The winner was Natalie Peng from Cerritos with a total time of 2:59.42
Mesa's Julie Wells finished third, just .68 behind at 3:00.10. Murphy Wimer was 4th at 3:04.11 with Lauren Braswell at 9th and Talyssa D'Avila finished in 10th place.
After last years conference dual meet championship, expectations are high for the 2009 swimming and diving season. With over 40 members on the roster the women are expected to win both the Pacific Coast dual meet and championship team titles. With 34 team members part of the incoming freshmen group youth will bring a lot of talent. The diving squad has 4 new members plus the return of 2007 All-American, Megan Looney to secure valuable points during the season. Kristie Bowdler, former All-American diver begins her first year as Head Diving Coach at Mesa and should have an immediate impact.
On the swim side, Pacific Coast Conference Co-Swimmer of the Year, Sasha Beltran returns along with 2-event Conference Champion Whitney Porter. The large freshmen group is led by Julie Wells and Murphy Wimer and will provide depth and talent along with transfer Lauren Braswell, a 2008 State Finalist in both Breaststroke events.
Other freshmen who will make a contribution include Nicole Macarthur, Talyssa D'Avila, MaryKate Foster and Alisha Ritchie.