EL CENTRO — The Central Union High School swim team won the overall title at the Imperial Valley League championship meet at the El Centro Aquatics Center on Monday, April 19.
The Spartans finished with a team score of 647, followed by Southwest (562) in second, Brawley (477) in third, Palo Verde of Blythe (251), Imperial (250), Calexico (159), Holtville (109), Calipatria (23), and Vincent Memorial Catholic (2).
On the boys’ side, it was a close battle between the two El Centro schools as Southwest (336) edged Central (333) for the boys’ crown. In third, it was Brawley (211), followed by Palo Verde (205), Calexico (83), Imperial (33), and Holtville (21).
Brawley’s C.J. Manuel was the standout swimmer on the boys’ side, setting two IVL meet records. He set a record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.32 seconds, besting the previous record of 52.65 seconds set in 2014 by Edgar Murrillo of Vincent Memorial.
Manuel’s other record came in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.39, topping the previous record set in 2013 of 2:03.05 by Mario Vasquez of Southwest.
Another IVL record set at the meet came from Central’s Adisyn Duarte who established a 25.58 record in the 50-yard freestyle, topping the 25.84 record set by Cody Franks of Brawley in 2011.
The final IVL record set was from Nathan Ostermann of Southwest with his 1:06.82 time in the 100-yard breaststroke, topping the 1:03.87 time of Rick Pace of Brawley, set in 1999.
Several CIF-San Diego Section automatic (CIFA) and consideration (CIFC) times were met in both the boys’ and girls’ IVL finals. The automatic times will be eligible to compete in the section championships, while the consideration times will be required to be in the top-32 for relays and top-24 for individual events among all San Diego Section schools to compete in the section championships.
Results from the IVL boys’ finals were:
200-yard medley relay: Southwest (William Lillien, Nathan Ostermann, Landynn Olivas, Luis Colio) 1:46.11 CIFA. Brawley (C.J. Manuel, Blake Ayala, Richard Torres, Jared Carpio) 1:54.89 CIFC. Palo Verde (Cade Chute, Peter Houston, David Velasco, Nathan Jung) 2:05.12 CIFC.
200-yard freestyle relay: Central (Travis Davalos, Jose Salazar, Dominic Olague, Trypp Duarte) 1:40.15 CIFC. Southwest (Victor Moon, Israel Hernandez, Matai Cervantes, Slater Sanders) 1:49.65 CIFC. Palo Verde (Peter Houston, David Velasco, Angel Hernandez, Nathan Jung) 1:49.99 CIFC.