Saturday, February 2, the Crush men's and women's swim and dive teams competed at the Norcal Relay Invitational in Santa Rosa, hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College. This meet featured a very atypical format, offering ONLY relay events, including relays that are not part of the CCCAA state meet lineup, the 300 backstroke relay and the 400 individual medley relay.
This was a great opportunity to gain some racing experience as well as observe abilities of all the new athletes to the team and, although not scored, it was attended by some of the traditionally best teams in CCCAA competition: Sierra College (Rocklin), American River College (Sacramento), Las Positas College (Livermore), Alan Hancock (Santa Maria), Consumnes River (Sacramento), and the hosts, Santa Rosa Junior College.
Sophomore, CCCAA All-American, Jaylan Neal (Madera South HS) and Freshman Joshua Depaz (Bullard HS) led the way for the Crush by proving to be the best men's diving combo at the meet by winning the 1 meter springboard competition, in which each diver fielded 5 dives and their scores were added together to make a "diving relay." Their efforts on the 3m springboard were also good enough to finish 2nd in the event.
The best men's swimming finish came in the men's 300 butterfly (3x100 butterfly) relay, in which the team of Dante Ramos (Buchanan HS), Jarrett Huffman (Clovis North HS), and Brendon Sirabian (Clovis West HS) finished with a 3rd placed effort.
The next contest for the Crush Swim and Dive teams will come next week, on Friday, February 8 in Visalia at the College of Sequoia Kick-Off Classic, featuring CVC rivals Fresno City College, Merced College, and hosts College of Sequoia's.