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Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - March 16, 2012

Sports digest

Off and running

Foothill track and field athletes posted great marks at the Dan Gabor Invitational this past weekend at Amador Valley. On Friday, Annie Geasa placed 20th out of 252 in the girls 1600. Kyra Schwaninger took 21 out of 207 in the girls 800m.

Saturday saw the girls 4x100m relay team take first out of the 26 teams, and the boys take third out of 42. In the 400m, Rachel Reichenbach took 12th out of 119, and Jack Simmons took 29th out of 223. In the 100m Precious Akanyirige took fifth out of 209.

In the field events Rose Doylemason took second out of 38 in the girls discus, and Rachel Reichenbach took third out of 32 in the girls long jump. All results are posted at www.foothilltrack.com.

The Dan Gabor Invitational had 2,000 athletes from nearly 40 high schools at Amador Valley High, one of the largest athletic competitions hosted by Amador, held in tribute to the late Dan Gabor, the only Amador athlete to win a state championship in any sport. Coach Peter Scarpelli, his staff and parent volunteers made the huge event a success.

The highlight of the evening for Amador was Jena Pianin's second-place finish in the girls 3200m race in a school record time of 10:41.

AVHS swim starts EBAL

The Amador Valley varsity girls swimming and diving team began its EBAL season against Carondelet and, despite some good individual performances, fell short by a 100-86 score.

Leading the scoring for the Dons were the Brand sisters, Kirsten and Iris. Kirsten won the 100 free and took second in the 200 free while Iris won both the backstroke and the 50 free. In addition, both swam on the 200 free relay, along with Eva Chung and Anna Parker, which finished first. Chung went on to win the breaststroke and earlier had a second in the fly while Parker posted a third in the back and a fourth in the 50 free.

Amador's diving team had a good day with Lauren Hall, Haley Brott and Gabby Cosgrove going two-three-four.

After starting slowly, the Amador Valley JV girls swimming and diving team swept the IM and 50 free to take a lead that they never relinquished, posting a 93-85 victory over Carondelet.

The Dons got off to a poor start in the medley relay and fell 12 points after the 200 free despite Bridget Booe's first-place finish in the event. Things turned around quickly, however, when Rachel Bench, Erin Walsh and Katie Su went 1-2-3 in the IM, and Katie Micheletti, Paris Sinclair and Kylie Copenhagen did likewise in the 50 free.

The two events gave Amador a 12-point lead, which they managed to keep by primarily finishing first in all the remaining individual events. Lyndsey DeWilde won the fly and Walsh took the 100, followed by Booe taking the 500 and Sinclair the back. Rounding out the top finishers was Su who went 1-2 with Bench in the breaststroke. Walsh, Micheletti, Booe and Sinclair brought Amador another first in the 200 free relay.

Fast start for boys

Despite getting off to a fast start the Amador Valley varsity boys swimming and diving team fell, 103-80, to De La Salle in their EBAL opener. The Dons used early first place finishes from Kevin McLaughlin in the 200 free and Nick Johnston in the IM, followed by a 1-2 finish by Cameron Kurotori and RJ Scott in the 50 free, plus a first in the medley relay to take a two-point lead going into the diving event. The medley relay team was composed of Johnston, McLaughlin, Kurotori, and Scott.

The Dons extended their lead to seven when Pierson Connors won the diving event and Zimmerman finished third. They had their biggest lead (nine) of the afternoon when Kurotori finished first in the fly and Michael Brooks finished fourth, and McLaughlin helped the Dons stay in the lead by winning the 100 free.

However the Dons proceeded to lose eight points in the 500 free to fall one point behind. After getting swept in the 200 free relay, Johnston, Scott and Michael Pasquale gave Amador hope by going 1-3-5 in the backstroke, but a Spartan sweep in the breaststroke rendered the final relay a moot point.

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