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Swim and Dive crowned Channel League Champions

Alex Valente swimming the 100 yard butterfly.

By Jason Paras | Staff Writer | May 4, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, the Dos Pueblos swim team was crowned Channel League Swim and Dive Champions for the tenth consecutive year.

The DP girls finished on top by nearly 200 points and the boys took the meet by exactly 100 points.

On the girls team, varsity veteran Janelle Nguyen took four first place finishes. Individually, Nguyen won both the 500 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly with a best time of 56.95.

Despite the goals of grabbing a gold medal, some of the swimmers were aiming for CIF automatic qualification times.

The Dos Pueblos girls team achieved automatic CIF qualifying times in both the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:51.52 (Madison Faulkner, Maelyn Adornetto, Janelle Nguyen, and Shannon Cleary) and the 200 yard freestyle relay which finished at 1:40.66 (Laurel Kistler, Hailey Goodner, Shannon Cleary, and Sarah Jamieson).

Ryan Montag swimming the 200 yard IM

As for the boys team, the two and only seniors representing the Chargers were Vincent Doderro and Nic Lum, who made the best of their last Channel League Championship meet. Doderro, seeded five of six, took first place in the 50 yard freestyle. Lum, seeded second in the 200 yard freestyle, took first place with a best time of 1:42.29 which is a CIF automatic qualifying time.

Alex Valente, Walker Bell, and Blake Parrish, who are all freshmen at Dos Pueblos, also dominated the pool.

Bell overtook Valente on the last lap of the 200 yard IM to take first place with a time of 1:57.00. Valente took second by only nine hundredths of a second finishing with a time of 1:57.09. Both of the swimmers grabbed CIF automatic times in that race.

Parrish and Valente nearly broke the meet records in their top events when Parrish took first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a best time of 58.69 (a CIF automatic time) and Valente took first in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 51.07 (also a CIF automatic time).

Parrish was also involved in a spectacular three-way tie in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.05.

Next Thursday, the top Charger swimmers will take off to Riverside for the most competitive meet of the high school season: CIF.

Jason Paras

About Jason Paras

Jason Paras -- the Charger Account Editor in Chief -- is participating in his third year as a member of the Charger Account. In his spare time, Jason is a competitive singer and songwriter who was recently named the no. 1, 17 and under solo vocalist in California.

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