Clayton Valley pulled off a dramatic come from behind victory to win the 2018 De La Salle Invitational. Over 25 teams participated in the two day meet.
Despite strong swims all weekend, the Uglies found themselves still down 3 points to longtime DAL rival Northgate, with only one race remaining, and Clayton and Northgate seeded next to each other.
Although it was clear the 400 Free Relay would decide the meet, since both schools had two relays seeded to score points, the possible outcomes were complex. To be successful, Clayton would need to not only beat Northgate with their “A” relay, but would also need an equally strong performance from their “B” relay.
As the 2018 season has already demonstrated, Clayton Valley women have tremendous depth of talent and leadership. After communicating the importance of the final race, Coach Adrian Lohse left the team captains to take control of these relays. While captains Margaret York, Jenny Vonnegut, and Sydney Skow fired up the “B” relay, captains Caitlin Biles and Erica DuLong prepped the “A” relay by rearranging the order to best suit the pressure of the situation.
When the results were finalized, the Ugly Eagles had taken 1st (Biles, Walker, Reynolds, Landstrom) with a time of 3:53.73 and 6th (York, Skow, Vonnegut, Vines) with a time of 4:03.19, while Northgate faded back in both of their relays.
The final race drama would not have been possible without strong swims from several swimmers throughout the meet.
Erica DuLong finished 1st in 200 IM (2:13.73), 3rd in 500 Free (5:23.87), and 5th in 100 Breast (109.63)- all NCS consideration times. Rebekah Reynolds finished 4th in Fly (1:03.25), 8th in 500 Free (5:31.55) NCS Consideration, and 10th in 200 Free (2:06.21). Paige Landstrom finished 3rd in 200 IM (2:21.36), 3rd in 100 Fly (1:02.99), and 8th in 100 Back (1:04.51). Gianna DuLong finished 6th in 50 Free (25.64) NCS Consideration, 7th in 200 IM (2:22.85), and 8th in 100 Fly (1:04.00). Caitlin Biles finished 4th in 100 Back (1:03.41) NCS Consideration. Julia Deely finished 12th in 100 free (57.28) and 12th in 100 Back (1:06.23).
Overall, Clayton placed 7th in Varsity Men, 3rd in JV Women, and 5th in JV men.
The top Varsity Boys swimmer was Cal Brown finished 3rd in 200 Free (1:46.03), 5th in 50 Free (21.93), and 7th in 100 Free (48.61)- all NCS Consideration times.
The top JV swimmer of the meet was Freshman Serafina Celentano, who finished 2nd in 100 Breast (1:16.32), 4th in 100 IM (1:10.01), and 6th in 100 Free (1:01.80).