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A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Swim and dive cleans up at Cuesta Invitational

Celine Sargis
SRJC swimmer Taylor Sargis leaps out of the water mid butterfly stroke during the Cuesta Invitational March 11.

The men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took a two-day trip to the Cuesta Invitational in San Luis Obispo and it was more than worth their time.

Santa Rosa Junior College solidified its state rankings at Cuesta College March 10-11 with 17 total first-place finishes. Halfway through the season, SRJC ranks top five in the state for 15 different events.

Bradley-John Erickson and Taylor Sargis led the way and won three individual events each. R.J. Williams and Drew Sipple each won two events.

The SRJC men and women swept the 200 and 400 medley relays. The men earned first-place in the 800 freestyle relay.

Jasmine Alger won the 200 butterfly and Hailey Vance the 100 backstroke.

Elana Candiotti, a 2016 All-American, finished fourth in the 1-meter dive and fifth in the 3-meter dive.

“Anytime you can get top eight at this meet, this is a statewide meet, so it’s really good,” said head coach Jill McCormick.

The Bear Cubs rank top five in state for eight individual events, with four top rankings for the men and four for the women.

Drew Sipple and Grant Howell rank one and two in the mile freestyle. Taylor Sargis and Lucia Mora hold the top two spots in the 100 breaststroke.

R.J. Williams is currently ranked first in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

The men’s and women’s 400 medley relay teams rank No. 1 in state and the men are also No. 1 in the 800 freestyle relay.

“If you’re ranking top five halfway through the season either in a relay or in individual events, that is a pretty good indication that’s going to be a state qualifying time,” McCormick said.

The teams travel next to Delta College March 17-18 the Big 8 Invitational.

“We can’t stop here,” McCormick said. “We have to continue to get better.”

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