The Malibu Sharks swim team swam strong on Wednesday, March 26, coming away with a total of five automatic CIF bids in a meet against the Nordhoff Rangers.
Freshman Farah Stack earned two of the bids with wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.
Junior Logan Hotchkiss finished with a time of 2 minutes 5.03 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley, also earning him a CIF bid and almost beating the school record of 2:03.09.
Girls’ head coach Tim Segesmen was proud of his team and said they are starting to get better with each meet.
“For those that are putting the time and effort in, it’s starting to show,” Segesman said. “I’m seeing a lot of improvement on the [junior varsity] side, which is great.”
The Sharks won the majority of their events by wide margins on Wednesday, but had some close calls.
In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Alec Wilimovsky and the Nordhoff swimmer were neck-and-neck with every lap, but Wilimovsky prevailed with a time of 1:51.62, about one second faster than the Ranger.
Later, in the 50-yard freestyle, junior Owen Franz also beat a Ranger swimmer by just over a second with a time of 23.14 seconds, earning him an automatic CIF bid.
Boys’ head coach Mike Mulligan felt the reason for his team’s success was the talent of his swimmers.
“What allowed us to win was our depth,” Mulligan said. “They have some really fast guys, but our depth helped us in our freestyle events.”
As a whole, the Sharks beat Nordhoff in total meet points, 383-221. Malibu also earned 13 consideration CIF bids at Wednesday’s event.
One of the considerations was earned by junior Caroline Pietrzyk with her win in the 200-yard IM. Pietrzyk also won a track and field race in the Marie Smith Malibu invitational on March 20, breaking two records in the process.
“Caroline is a talented young lady,” Segesman said. “She’s great in swimming and she’s very good at running. That’s what’s nice, she brings a strong swimming background to us. She works hard with her club program, so we’re thrilled to have her come out. We hope to see some of the good results as we go along.”
Segesman felt the team’s strong performance is a sign of things to come in regards to the league championship in April.
“It gives us an idea of where we have to go in the next four weeks to see if we can win this league title,” Segesman said.
Mulligan feels Malibu has the potential to win the title this year.
“If everybody swims to their potential and swims their best times of the year, and we don’t get any disqualifications, I think we have a really good chance,” Mulligan said. “If we can just continue to go the way we are and everyone is healthy at the end of the year, we have a good chance. But you have to get in the pool and swim and you never know.”
Malibu’s next swim meet is at home against the St. Bonaventure at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.