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Sierra diver sweeps at state meet

By: Staff report
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One state championship was not enough for Sierra College’s Molly Swartz, who won the 1-meter diving competition last year as a freshman. She decided she would win two as a sophomore. Swartz successfully defended her 1-meter title and won the 3-meter competition at the state meet last week at East Los Angeles City College. From any board height, she is on top of the world. Ventura freshman Lisa Simmons was the unfortunate bridesmaid, finishing second to Swartz in both events. Swartz won the 1-meter title with a score of 220.80. Simmons finished at 204.75. The 3-meter competition was not that close, with Swartz finishing at 234.76 and Simmons scoring 199.55. Sierra’s men and women’s teams both finished fifth in the team standings. Orange Coast repeated as the women’s team champion with 551 points and also took away the men’s title with 522 points. No other team scored more than 480 points. Sophomore Sean Russick posted the best finish for Sierra’s men by placing second in the 1-meter diving competition. Russick was eighth on the 3-meter board. He was no match in either event for American River freshman Eddie Kollar, who matched Swartz by sweeping the men’s diving titles. Kollar did so in record-setting fashion. Kollar scored 285.20 on the 1-meter board to surpass the previous record of 273.10 set by Orange Coast’s Chris Salgado in 2009. Kollar also set the 3-meter state record. In fact, he shattered it. His score of 340.60 won the competition by more than 60 points and easily eclipsed the previous record of 287.80 set by El Camino’s David Austin two years ago. Records were also set by Sierra’s swimmers, but those marks were of the school variety. Sophomore Josh Collison set one and contributed to another being broken. Collison set a school record as he finished fourth in the 800-meter freestyle race with a time of 4 minutes, 47.86 seconds. He also swam a leg for the Wolverines’ record-setting 800 freestyle relay. Joining Collison in the relay were freshmen Alex Obert, Tommy McKenzie and Justin Natyzack. Sophomore Justina Dunne was busy at the state meet, competing in seven events. She placed second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 50 backstroke and 100 individual medley. Sierra’s women placed in four relays: third in the 800 freestyle (Dunne, Melissa McClanahan, Kaylin Kemper and Marion Sanborn), fourth in the 400 freestyle (Dunne, Sanborn, Kemper and Kelsey Carrigan), fifth in the 200 medley (Ashley Brown, Dunne, Alyssa Jones and Kaley Rehorn) and seventh in the 400 medley (Brown, Dunne, Jones and McClanahan).