24 Records Broken At CIF-SS Swimming Championships

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2017 CIF - Southern Section Swimming Championships 

May 10-13, 2017
Riverside, CA
Riverside Aquatics Complex

It was a weekend for the books at the 2017 CIF Southern Section Swimming Championships -- the records books, that is. All in all, an astounding 24 records were broken across the four different divisions. Check out the full breakdown from each division below.

Division I -- 7 Records Broken
LIVE RESULTS
​Women's Champion:​ Santa Margarita
​Men's Champion​: Dana Hills

​It should ​come as no surprise that the Santa Margarita ladies, who won the meet by an astonishing 240 points, racked up a few relay records. Oh by the way, their 3:18.26 in the 400 freestyle relay was good for a new National Independent High School record... Talk about speed. Their time of 3:18.26 ​​destroyed​ the previous record of 3:20.03 set by Crean Lutheran in 2015. Carmel (IN) still holds the overall national mark for private and public schools with a 3:15.38 from 2015.

The Loyola boys, who finished in second just 10.5 points behind champion Dana Hills, looked solid on the relay front as well -- picking up records in both freestyle relays. Individually, ​Tanner Olson​ was the star of the show -- breaking the 100 breaststroke record twice. ​Trent Pellini​ can't be left out of the conversation, however. The Dana Hills senior also dipped below the previous record with a swift 53.40 but touched second behind Olson​.

Boys 100 Breaststroke (Prelims) -- Tanner Olson (Saugus), 53.25
Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Prelims) -- Santa Margarita, 3:20.62
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Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Santa Margarita, 1:32.33
Boys 200 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Loyola, 1:22.13
Boys 100 Breaststroke (Finals) -- Tanner Olson (Saugus), 53.18
Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Santa Margarita, 3:18.26
Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Loyola, 3:01.53

Division II -- 12 Records Broken
​LIVE RESULTS
​Women's Champion: ​Crean Lutheran
​Men's Champion: ​Foothill

​What. A. Meet. Half of the records broken across all four divisions came from the Division II meet. Even further, nine of them came from Crean Lutheran -- led by ​Eva Merrell​, a USA Swimming national team member, and ​Elise Garcia​. Mira Costa's ​Alexandra Crisera​ had a fantastic meet as well. The sophomore posted three records of her own -- including the 100 freestyle twice and 100 backstroke in prelims. However, Merrell would go on to out-touch her in the 100 backstroke final and take the record as well.

Girls 200 Medley Relay (Prelims) -- Crean Lutheran, 1:42.22
Girls 50 Freestyle (Prelims) -- Elise Garcia (Crean Lutheran), 22.71
Girls 100 Butterfly (Prelims) -- Eva Merrell (Crean Lutheran), 52.57
Girls 100 Freestyle (Prelims) -- Alexandra Crisera (Mira Costa), 49.02
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Prelims) -- Crean Lutheran, 1:34.89
Girls 100 Backstroke (Prelims) -- Alexandra Crisera (Mira Costa), 53.65
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Girls 200 Medley Relay (Finals) -- Crean Lutheran, 1:40.77
Girls 50 Freestyle (Finals) -- Elise Garcia (Crean Lutheran), 22.61
Girls 100 Butterfly (Finals) -- Eva Merrell (Crean Lutheran), 52.51
Girls 100 Freestyle (Finals) -- Alexandra Crisera (Mira Costa), 48.87
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Crean Lutheran, 1:34.60
Girls 100 Backstroke (Finals) -- Eva Merrell (Crean Lutheran), 53.12

Division III -- 2 Records Broken
​LIVE RESULTS
​Women's Champion: ​Walnut
​Men's Champion: Canyon-Anaheim

The Division III meet did not see many records, but that is likely because many of the current records are held by Crean Lutheran -- who is now competing in Division II. The women's team champion, Walnut, picked up the only two records of the meet in the 200 freestyle relay -- setting it in prelims and then lowering it in finals. Just because there were not many records, does not mean it was not a competitive meet. Both the girls and boys meets on the team side came down to less than 10 points. Individually, swimmers like ​Nate Biondi​ (boys 50 & 100 free)​Emma Davidson ​(girls 50 & 100 free)​Teagan Monroe (girls 100 fly & 100 back), ​and ​Wyatt Marsalek​ (boys 200 & 500 free) stood out with multiple event wins each.

Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Prelims) -- Walnut, 1:38.00
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Walnut, 1:37.44

Division IV -- 3 Records Broken
​LIVE RESULTS
​Women's Champion: ​Downey
​Men's Champion:​ ​Rowland

Like the Division III meet, Division IV did not see an onslaught of the record board. Also like Division III, that is because many of the records are held by swimmers from schools such as Cerritos or Malibu -- both now competing in Division III. Dominating the individual events and picking up multiple wins were ​Victoria Kirshner​ (girls 50 & 100 free), ​Dominic Falcon​ (boys 200 & 500 free), ​Keiko Derikoletis​ (girls 100 fly & 500 free), ​Nikki Cooper​ (girls 200 free & 100 back), ​James Torrez​ (boys 100 fly & 100 back), and ​Katelyn Nguyen​ (girls 200 IM & 100 breast).

Girls 100 Butterfly (Finals) -- Keiko Derikoletis (Vistamar), 55.97
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Finals) -- Rowland, 1:40.78
Boys 100 Backstroke (Finals) -- James Torrez (La Salle), 49.42
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