FAIRFIELD — Although a crosstown rivalry was looming in the wind, there was still some fun to be had at the pool.
There was a very relaxed energy around, despite it being the last meet of the regular season, as Rodriguez High swept Armijo with boys winning 106-64 and girls prevailing 133-36, Wednesday.
Rodriguez High coach Sarah McLaughlin said her swimmers chose what events they wanted to swim, so some were in events they don’t usually do – contributing to the fun factor.
“Today was a lot of fun,” McLaughlin said. “It was a little bittersweet for our seniors because it is the end of a long time together. Sometimes you shift your mind to things that are more fun in the midst of stressful time. It provides a healthy distraction from the task at hand.”
The stressful time McLaughlin was referencing is the upcoming Monticello Empire League meet, but the task at hand was the match with the crosstown rivals and the Mustangs did not disappoint.
Noah Strong was a double winner for the Rodriguez boys as he was first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles with times of 23.98 and 54.11 seconds, respectively.
Walter Bennett earned a first-place finish for the Mustangs in the 200 individual medley in 2:15.25, adding a second-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 5:33.87. First place in the event went to teammate Sebastian Cineas, who swam a 5:25.30.
Sam Bundenthal won the 200 free for Armijo with a 2:00.26, while Aaron Wood finished first in the 100 fly, swimming a 1:01.37.
Tahoe Bautista was the Indians’ last winner of the day as he swam a 1:15.96 in the 100 breast stroke.
Midori Dobson and Camille Long were double winners for the Rodriguez girls as Dobson won the 100 fly (1:07.30) and 200 free (2:09.57), while Long took first in the 50 free (26.08) and 100 breast (1:14.53).
Alicia Perez finished third in the 100 fly with a 1:34.86, while Hannah Lawson finished third in the 200 free (2:28.54) and 100 free (1:10.25).
Up next is the MEL meet for both teams and McLaughlin said her team has been preparing all season for it.
“I feel like all the work is done fairly early in the season,” she said. “We tried to be as dedicated to our practice schedule as we could. We will spend the next week refining things the kids have already learned and are going to look forward to some finishing touches.”