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Scorpions, Spartans thrive at section swim meet

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Troy Fukutomi and the Rio Mesa High boys’ swim team have won 86 consecutive Pacific View League meets. The Spartans take on Channel Islands at 3 p.m. today at home in a league meet. © Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers
The Camarillo High boys’ swim team placed sixth at the CIFSouthern Section Division 3 championships last week.

Rio Mesa’s boys’ and girls’ teams took 14th and 10th, respectively, at the Division 3 meet.

Scorpion senior Jack Richey-Luna nabbed second in the boys’ 50-yard freestyle (21.93 seconds) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (48.34).

Camarillo sophomore Michael Nunn finished third in the 100 backstroke (53.98) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:01.36). Sophomore Anabel Barela shone for the Spartan girls. Barela took third in the 100 freestyle (53.77) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.11).

Thomas Bunker, a Rio Mesa sophomore, clocked in at 4:51.60 to take third in the boys’ 500 free. Bunker also finished eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:47.64). Abbey Brooks, a Spartan senior, took ninth in the girls’ 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.01.

Rio Mesa’s boys clinched its 13th straight Pacific View League title earlier this month. The Spartan girls’ captured back-to-back league crowns.

“This was a special year,” Rio Mesa head coach Keith McKnett said. “Last year we were loaded with talent. This year we had young hard workers that will be great for the next few seasons.”

Rio Mesa’s boys’ squad has won 90 consecutive league meets. Bunker won league titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Junior Austin Hammond won the 100 butterfly during league finals. Senior David Beauvais was the league champion in the 100 breaststroke.

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