When I was covering the CIF-SS Masters Swimming Meet on Tuesday at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, I neglected to mention that all three of the Redlands East Valley boys relay teams competed. Those three relay teams were the only boys relay teams from the entire San Bernardino County to compete at the Masters Meet.
And to make it even more remarkable, REV did not have a single individual boy qualify for Masters, either. (Tori Andreas did on the girls side.) It’s a cliche, but I guess it’s a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
The omitted relay team, the medley relay, was originally an alternate but got a shot to race and moved up from 20th best time coming in to 19th.
So, here are those relay teams:
200 medley relay (senior Shane Blake 26.23 seconds, senior Michael Gillotti 28.07, senior Taylor Glasgow 25.27, junior John Fee 22.06), 20th best qualifying time, finished 19th, 1:41.63.
200 freestyle relay (senior Taylor Adams 22.28, junior Michael Gardner 21.83, senior Ben Hamada 21.95, John Fee 21.88), 6th best qualifying time, finished 7th, 1:27.94.
400 freestyle relay (Shane Blake 48.66, Taylor Adams 49.35, Ben Hamada 50.02, Michael Gardner 48.53), 12th best qualifying time, finished 10th, 3:16.56.
Ayala was the only school from the county to have girls relay teams compete at Masters, but they had to settle for two of the three races. The 200 medley relay team was 11th and the 200 freestyle relay was ninth.
Unlike the boys, there’s not a team ranked No. 1 in the girls right now – a marked departure from the past couple years. There are a lot of top 5 teams though, led by Ayala’s No. 3 ranking in Division I-A.
With the fall signing period coming up next month, basketball recruiting is starting to pick up. Three county players have made verbal commitments to Division I schools.
Ayala senior Rhema Gardner verbally committed to UCLA earlier this week according to ESPN.com, joining her older sister and former All-Sun first-team selection Rebekah Gardner. The 6-foot-2 Gardner averaged 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds for the Bulldogs last season.
Chino Hills guard Derek Brown also made his choice according to Scout.com and picked San Jose State after an official visit last month. Brown, a 6-foot-2 senior, won Sierra League MVP honors by averaging 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
But it wasn’t just seniors who committed this week. Etiwanda junior swingman Byron Wesley, an all-Sun first-team selection at Cajon last year, committed to USC according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-5 Wesley averaged 18.7 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore.
Well, this one is pretty simplistic, as the three teams have already been decided. It’s that pesky business of seeding that is at play here.
1. Ayala (8-1, 4-0): By virtue of their victory over Chino Hills last week, the Bulldogs will be the fifth different Sierra champion in three years with a victory over Glendora tomorrow. A loss though would either give Ayala the No. 2 seed if Chino Hills loses or subject it to a three-way coin flip for seeding if Chino Hills wins.
2. Chino Hills (8-1, 3-1): Chino Hills’ only shot at getting the No. 1 seed involves a win over Diamond Bar and a Glendora win over Ayala. In that case, a three-way flip would take place between the Huskies, Ayala and Glendora. A Glendora loss would give Chino Hills the No. 2 slot no matter what, while a loss and a Glendora win would drop the Huskies to the No. 3 seed.
3. Glendora (6-3, 3-1): The Tartans can win the No. 1 if they beat Ayala and Chino Hills loses to Diamond Bar by virtue of a head-to-head win over Ayala. They’d be in a three-way flip with a win and a Chino Hills win. A loss and a Chino Hills loss would knock Glendora to the No. 3 seed by virtue of Chino Hills’ victory over Glendora.
4. Damien (2-7, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff contention.
5. Diamond Bar (4-5, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff contention.
6. Chino (2-7, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff contention.