St. Francis High’s Brooke Schaffer was pleased with her individual performances at the state swimming and diving championships – the sophomore placed among the top five in two events – but she was even more excited about how the Lancers did as a team.
The St. Francis girls scored 122 points, finishing a close second to Monta Vista (123.5) Saturday at Clovis West High in Fresno.
“I was mostly happy with the team award,” Schaffer said. “We were 27th last year, so it’s pretty exciting to get second.”
The Los Altos resident had a lot to do with the Lancers’ improvement. Schaffer placed third in the 100-yard butterfly, fifth in the 50 freestyle and anchored St. Francis’ 400 and 200 free relays teams that finished fourth and eighth, respectively.
Schaffer was most surprised by finishing third in the 100 fly, an event in which she was seeded sixth. Her All-America time of 54.05 seconds was just two-tenths of a second off her personal record.
“I didn’t think I’d do that well, because my focus for this meet was the 50 free,” Schaffer said. “Third place was my stretch goal, so I’m happy with that.”
Schaffer’s fifth-place time of 23.04 in the 50 free earned her All-America status as well. It was also her fastest time in the event, besting the 23.10 she swam a day earlier in the preliminaries.
The Lancers’ 400 free relay team of Nicole Oliva, Kate Kennedy, Sydney Harris and Schaffer finished fourth with an All-America time of 3:25.53. The 200 free relay team of Kate Kennedy, Fiara Llaguno, Anna Gasiorowski and Schaffer received All-America consideration with an eighth-place time of 1:36.26.
Oliva also scored points for St. Francis in the 500 free (third, 4:46.7) and 100 backstroke (seventh, 55.3). Clarissa Greenlow took seventh in diving.
The St. Francis boys’ 200 medley team of Andy Huang, Edward Tay, Andreas Nybo and Nathan Puentes finished second (1:32.46).
Junior Gabrielle Anderson led the Los Altos High girls by finishing fourth in the 500 free (54.15) and 15th in the 100 back (56.22).
Twin brothers Trevor and Evan Labuda, juniors, scored points for the Los Altos boys by placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in diving.