Camarillo High’s girls’ swim team went 10-0 overall and 5-0 in Pacific View League meets.
The Scorpions won their 11th Pacific View championship in 13 seasons. They wrapped up their fifth league title in seven years— including three straight—for head coach Tawney Safran.
And Camarillo doesn’t even have a pool on campus.
“The ones here are committed to the sport,” Safran said. “They want to be here. They want to listen. They want to learn.”
Without a “home,” the Scorpions travel to practice via bus, more than filling every available seat. It’s one way a team can bond.”Sometimes there are three people per seat,” said senior cocaptain Rebecca Gregg. “We pile on top of each other.”
Gregg is a potent distance threat in the 200-yard and 500 freestyle races. Her best time this season in the 200 freestyle is 1 minute, 57 seconds. She’s completed the 500 in 5:16.
It’s all about the team, however.
“We have a common goal,” she said.
The 18-year-old, who also plays water polo, enjoys distance swimming.
“It’s not over in a flash,” said Gregg, who will study biochemistry at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. “It’s more of a mental challenge, along with a physical challenge. You have to plan more and prepare more.”
Senior co-captain Hanalei Santos excels in the 100 butterfly (1:06.19).
Multiple Scorpions, including Santos, prepared for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championships this week in Long Beach.
“It’s great to be with the team for the final stretch,” Santos said last weekend. “It’s not about individual times anymore. It’s about getting points for the team.”
The senior said she was proud of what the girls accomplished.
“All our hard work paid off. We worked year-round for it,” said Santos, an honors student with a 4.5 grade-point average who’s heading to UCLA on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. She’s also president of the Red Cross club on campus.
“I love swimming. How hard you work directly correlates to how successful you are in the pool.”
Alicia Lewsadder is a dynamic sprinter.
The junior set her personal record in the 50 freestyle (25.02) during last week’s Pacific View championships at Rio Mesa. She’s also a 100 butterfly specialist.
Lewsadder has worked on her kicks while elongating her butterfly stroke. Fluidity and endurance are crucial elements of the butterfly, she said.
“The girls are pretty awesome to be around,” she said. “We help each other out and tell each other positive things. We pump each other up.”
An honors student with a 3.9 GPA, Lewsadder is involved in the youth group at Reality Ventura church.
She wants to keep working on both of her individual events.
“In the butterfly, I want to push it harder,” Lewsadder said. “In the 50 free, every second counts.”
Kaleigh Smith saved her best for the end.
The standout junior set personal records last week in the 100 freestyle (54.5) and 100 backstroke (1:00.9).
“I’m very pleased,” Smith said. “I didn’t think I’d top my time again. I’ve been working on it and coaches expected that for me.”
An honors student with a 4.0 GPA, Smith spends time perfecting her strong kicks, fast starts and underwater maneuvers in the backstroke.
Smith will savor the three-peat and hopes Camarillo can continue dominating the PVL in 2012.
“Next year, we’ll have a strong team also,” she said. “We’re going to try and win it again.”
Jessica Craig thrives in the 200 individual medley (2:24) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14).
Craig continues to put in hard work despite a shoulder injury.
She said this team has a “really good vibe.”
“There’s positive energy with these girls,” said the junior, who played two years of water polo. “I look up to every single one of them. They’re hardworking and focused.”
Sophomore Anna Petrinec set her personal records at Rio Mesa in the 200 freestyle (2:06) and the 500 freestyle (5:43). A student of the sport, she examines her splits to work on her weaknesses.
“I’m working on consistency,” said Petrinec, an honors student who played two years of volleyball.
Kiersa Polley provides versatility and depth.
Polley excels in the 100 backstroke (1:07.5) and 200 IM (2:35). She also earned points in the 500 freestyle. She never says no to her coaches and will race in any event.
The Sonoma State- bound Polley, a co-captain for the water polo squad, said the Scorpions competed with an edge.
“I think we were underdogs,” she said. “We show people what we’re made of.”
Hannah Andrews is another co-captain. Nancy Chen adds depth in the breaststroke and 100 freestyle. Brittany Smith, Kiki Galan, Brooklyn Robinson and Alex Amaki are contributing divers.
“It was fun,” Smith said. “We had such a great team this year. We did so well. It will be sad to see it end.”