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Sports - March 10, 2017

Big swimming meet on tap this weekend

Defending CCS boys champion Gunn will be on hand at SHP

by Rick Eymer

Saturday's big high school swim meet at Sacred Heart Prep, which features Menlo-Atherton, Gunn and the host Gators, could best be described as a mini version of the CCS meet.

After all, the competing teams represent three of the top eight girls teams from last year's Central Coast Section finals, the defending boys champion and two others among the top 22.

"The meet this should fun," Sacred Heart Prep coach Kevin Morris wrote in an e-mail. "We've never swam against Gunn. Like all early season meets, we're hoping some swimmers earn some CCS cuts, and it is always fun to have a meet with three teams from different leagues."

None of the teams are likely to be at full strength, as it is an SAT day and even a coach or two might be missing.

No matter who shows up, there will be plenty of talented swimmers, including M-A's Faith Dunn, who signed with UCLA in November.

M-A junior Izzi Henig is the reigning CCS champion in both the 50 free and 100 free. Gunn sophomore Milan Hilde-Jones was seventh in the event and SHP's Matte Snow raced in the A final of the 100 free.

SHP's Kathryn Bower and Gaby Ma, Gunn's Ashley Stahmer, Grace Tramack, and Clara Schultz and M-A's Haley Arrington and Nicole Dundas are also among the top girls.

Gunn's Michael Lincoln and Max Pokutta return from helping the Titans win last year's CCS crown. SHP's Luke Rohlen is among the top returning sprinters.

"Obviously Gunn, M-A, and SHP are at or near the top of the SCVAL, PAL, and WBAL, respectively, so it should be fun for some of the top swimmers to see each other," Morris wrote. "For some, the next time they'll race will be at the CCS meet in May."

Track and field

One of the first big invitationals is Saturday's Kiwanis-Bellarmine Classic at Los Gatpos High. The meet begins at 8 a.m. with the girls discus and boys triple jump.

Following the frosh-soph 3,200 meters, varsity races start with the 4x100 relays at 8:30 a.m.

Menlo-Atherton's Jordan Mims, who signed to play football at Fresno State, is one of the top 200 meter runners back. He finished fifth in last year's meet. Fellow sprinter and football teammate Marquise Reid, who also long jumps, is also back.

M-A's Rohan Depuy raced fifth in the 400 and Menlo School's Robert Miranda placed fourth in the 3,200, following three seniors..

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