The Mission Viejo Diablos girls swimming & diving team finished fifth in the South Coast League Championships April 30-May 4 with one of their best meets in recent history. The Diablos divers started things rolling with all four divers finishing in the top 10 and all scoring personal bests. Junior, Katie Wallace led the way with a third-place finish scoring 480.95, which is the 10th best score in MVHS history, an automatic qualifying CIF-SS Division I score, and All-American score submission. Sophomore, Megan Navarro finished seventh with a 382.70, a CIF-SS Division I automatic qualifying score. Freshmen Avery Ackerman and Alexandra Casareitti finished ninth and 10th respectively with scores of 301.15 and 289.10.
The swimmers had an outstanding meet also, with most swimmers from prelims advancing to finals. All swimmers in finals scored season or personal bests in every event. In the 200 medley relay both the A and B relay teams finished under the CIF-SS Division I consideration qualifying time. The relay team of Kaylyn García, Olivia Gallegos, Makenna Meyers, and Holly Nguyen finished 10th in 2:02.44. The relay team of Jacqueline Setlich, Miki Gruener, Hanna Erickson, and Brianna Daniel dropped nearly six seconds to go 1:51.67, which was nearly a CIF-SS Division I automatic qualifying time.
Both Diablos 200 freestyle relays also finished below the CIF consideration qualifying time. The relay team of Daniel, Carsyn Covarrubias, Erickson, and Setlich finished third in 1:40.31, just 0.31 shy of automatically qualifying for next week’s CIF championships. This time was also under the state qualifying consideration time and the 10th fastest in MVHS history. The relay team of Gallegos, Nguyen, Camille Underwood, and Megan Westerland finished in 1:47.30 for eighth place.
Erickson added two automatic CIF qualifying times to the Diablos’ haul going 2:06.70 to finish fourth in the 200 individual medley and winning the 100 butterfly in 56.13, the second-fastest time in MVHS history and less than 1 second from the school record in that event.
In the 50 freestyle Daniel and Setlich went 24.80 and 24.89 respectively to finish fifth and ninth respectively, both earning CIF consideration times. Daniel and Setlich also earned CIF consideration ties in the 100 freestyle with Setlich finishing ninth in 53.87 and Daniel finishing 11th in 54.95.
García was a CIF consideration qualifier going 1:02.72 in the 100 backstroke to finish 11th overall.
The CIF-SS Division I Championships are May 8-12 at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA.