Wolverine swimmers second in state...again

By: Staff Report
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For the fifth consecutive year, the Sierra College women’s swim team captured second place at the state swimming and diving championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach on Sunday, April 25. Defending champion Santa Rosa retained its title with a 578-526 victory over the Wolverines. Sierra head coach Scott Decker was named co-state women’s coach of the year along with Santa Rosa’s Jill McCormick, while sophomore All-American Alyssa Woodliff won a state title in the 200-yard freestyle. The Wolverines received second place finishes from freshman Michelle Tringham in the 1650 freestyle and freshman diver Jodie Darnell on the one-meter board. Four of Sierra’s five relay teams that participated also finished second. Each of the 14 individuals that qualified for the championships scored at least five points towards the team total, which put the Wolverines in first place after each of the first two days of the competition. Those individuals were Natalie Berge, Michelle Berrios, Katie Black, Jessica Bonner, Danielle Comforti, Jodie Darnell, Morgan Dentinger, Rachel Holm, Amanda Holpuch, Julie Maginnis, Sascha Smith, Michelle Tringham, Erin Tyler and Alyssa Woodliff. With their performances, each of the 14 swimmers that participated in the state championship meet has the potential to receive All-American recognition, a single-season record for the Wolverines. The Wolverines finished second to Santa Rosa Junior College at the Big 8 Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, April 18 at Sacramento City College. The Wolverines posted a strong overall team effort, with all 26 swimmers that competed notching at least one season or lifetime best mark. Despite the strong showing, Sierra finished 86 points behind Santa Rosa at Sacramento City College. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Woodliff, who had a hand in rewriting six new school records. Woodliff set new records in the 50-meter backstroke (27.68), the 100 backstroke (57.25) and the 100 butterfly (57.98) and was also part of three school relay records; the 200 medley relay (1:48.02), the 400 medley relay (3:56.16) and the 400 free relay (3:31.61). Teaming with Woodliff in the 200 medley relay was sophomore All-American Rachel Holm (Rocklin), freshmen Julie Maginnis (Del Oro) and freshman Amanda Holpuch (Rocklin). In the 400 medley relay Woodliff joined Holm and fellow sophomore All-Americans Danielle Comforti (Ygnacio Valley) and Katie Black (Fairfield). The final record in the 400 free relay featured Woodliff, All-American sophomores Natalie Berge (El Camino) and Black and freshmen Michelle Berrios (Bella Vista). Individually, Black captured the Big 8 title in the 500 freestyle, posting a personal best of 5:09.94 and was second in both the 200 and 100 freestyle events with lifetime best times. Divers Jodie Darnell (Whitney), Morgan Dentinger (Roseville) and Sascha Smith (Cerritos/Kodiak) placed in the top five on both the one and three-meter boards. Darnell was the Big 8 champion at three-meters with a score of 222.05.