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Markey repeats as CIF double-winner to lead VC swim team in season's final meets



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Makayla Markey dives of the blocks, doubles her medal count.
May 22, 2013
The Valley Center varsity swim team put together an impressive collection of individual performances in the Valley League Finals and CIF championships over the last two weeks.

The CIF swimming finals were held Saturday at Granite Hills High School. Valley Center sent swimmers in six individual events and one relay to the finals. Swimmers are allowed to swim two individual events and two relays. Prelims had been held earlier in the week with the top 12 times in each event continuing on to the finals.

Last year, as a junior Makayla Markey, won the 50 freestyle, setting a division record in the process, and won the 100 freestyle also. This year she was up against some stiff competition with Annabel Tomes returning after a year off to train for the Olympic Trials.

Markey was seeded second in both the 50 and 100 going into finals. In the 50 freestyle she was ahead from the dive. Her winning time, 23.62, was just off her division record from last year. In the 100 freestyle, she was up against her nemesis. Tomes had beaten her when they were both sophomores, but this was their last race against each other in high school. Markey came out on top (51.25), just out-touching Tomes in an exciting race to the finish.

In other events, junior Kenya Paiz made her third trip to the finals in the 500 freestyle. Again this year she made it into the final top six. She came in fifth with the fastest time ever for a Valley Center swimmer (5.12.34) In the 200 individual medley, Paiz won the consolation heat with another team record (2.13.89). Markey and Paiz joined sisters Casia and Macy Morrison in the 200 medley relay to finish 11th.

For the boys, making his first trip to CIF finals was junior Luke Marshall. Just like Paiz, Marshall won his consolation heat with a time fast enough to put him at the top of the Valley Center team records (22.06). His time was good enough that he would have finished fourth in the final heat. It was a spectacular swim. In the 100 backstroke, Luke took 12th place (57.43), a good enough time to put him in second on the team records.

The week before, on May 10, the Jaguars had a very successful Valley League Championship.

Every swimmer on the varsity team who swam in the meet had either a season best time or a lifetime best time. Every swimmer also made it to the consolation finals or the top eight finals.

In the finals they all swam faster times than they had in prelims on Wednesday. Valley Center had many first place finishes in the meet.

Dan Huk and Marshall went one-two in the 50 freestyle, with Huk just out-touching Marshall for the win. Their times were 22.41 and 22.60, respectively.

Huk also won the 100 freestyle with a CIF time of 49.34. In the prelims, Marshall made the CIF time in the 100 backstroke and bettered it in finals to come in third with a time of 58.55. Both Huk and Marshall were joined at CIFs by Tyler French and Phil Walswick in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The boys also won the 200 freestyle relay in the league finals.

Senior Trevor Seabaugh finished his high school career with lifetime bests in 200 freestyle (2.03.73), good enough for eighth place. In the 100 freestyle, he won the consolation finals with a 54.48. The team had three swimmers in the 100 breaststroke consolation finals. Walswick was first in the event and ninth overall, while French finished 11th and Nathan Leader took 15th.

The girls team won five events behind another double-win by Markey, who easily won her two specialties—the 50 freestyle (23.98) and 100 freestyle (52.79).

Paiz added two wins in the 200 freestyle (2.00.26) and the 500 freestyle (5.19.82). Both girls swam faster than they had in prelims but were just off lifetime bests.

Casia and Macy Morrison joined Paiz and Markey for a win in the 200 medley relay. In the 200 freestyle relay they were just out-touched for first. It was a very exciting race with Markey charging from behind and just running out of room in the pool to catch the other team.

Also competing in the 200 and 500 freestyle were April Lackpour and Becca Vizarra. Lackpour won the consolation finals in the 200 freestyle and was eighth in the finals of the 500 freestyle. Vizcarra took second in the consolation finals in the 500. Also in that event was Evelyn Rabago, who finished fifth. All three girls had big drops in both events.

Joining Markey in her events were Sam Gonzalez and Macy Morrison, who swam next to each other in the consolation finals in both the 50 and the 100. The two events had identical outcomes with Gonzalez coming from behind to just touch out her teammate for the win.

Freshman Charlotte McCarrick was also in the 50 freestyle and was 15th with a best time of 31.03.

The lone VC swimmer in the 100 fly was Stephanie McCauley, who finished fourth in the consolation finals. She swam a little faster in prelims but had been out for much of the season with a shoulder injury. In the 100 breaststroke, Casia Morrison made it into the finals and came in fifth with a best time of 1.20.54.

Senior Megan Stehly was fourth in the consolation finals with a season best 1.27.42. Former JV swimmer and freshman Gabrielle Chairello swam an impressive race in the prelims and just missed making the finals in her first year.

Coaches Russ Walker and Carrie French were very excited and proud with the results.

"All the swimmers have been working very hard and swimming through the pain. The result of their training was seen today," said Coach French.

"We had swimmers in eight individual events and four relays at CIF, which is fantastic for this small team," added Coach Walker.

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