Loyola Varsity Swim capped its final weekend of competition with a third-place finish at the 2019 CIF State Championships today (May 11) in Clovis at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex. The Cubs improved upon their seventh-place finish at last year's meet, taking home two State titles in the 200 Medley Relay and the 50 Free to close the season.
In the first event of the day, Loyola’s relay team of seniors Mark McCrary ’19, James Lee ’19, Connor Lee ’19 and Emmett Pernecky ’19 set a new meet record in the 200 Medley after touching the wall at 1:29.78. That time bested their previous record of 1:29.80, which was set last weekend at the CIF-SS Division I Finals in Riverside. The Cubs also won the 200 Medley at that meet for the CIF-SS title.
Senior Connor Lee ’19 continued his dominance in the pool, taking the State title in the 50 Free with a time of 20.11 for All-American honors and finishing third in the 100 Fly at 47.07. Loyola’s 400 Free Relay (C. Lee, Pernecky, William Kim ’22, McCrary) placed second overall at 3:00.34.
Additionally, McCrary finished fifth in the 100 Back (48.80) and 11th in the 200 IM (1:49.66), James Lee took sixth in the 100 Breast (55.85) and the 200 Free Relay comprised of Taz Kanjanakaset ’21, Pernecky, Nick Turrill ’19 and Andrew Sung ’19 took 15th overall (1:25.38).
CIF-SS Division I champion Loyola placed third overall in the State with 147 total points behind San Ramon Valley (177) and Oak Ridge HS (174). The Cubs were eight points clear of fourth-place finisher The Harker School (139) and thirteen ahead of Bellarmine College Prep (134) in fifth.
Congratulations to all of our Cubs! (*Full recap to come.)by Loyola Athletics