At the end of the regular season, the BVAL standings for the boys and girls mirror each other: Heritage took the top spot, followed by Deer Valley, Freedom, Liberty, Antioch and Pittsburg. The Patriots also claimed junior varsity titles in both the boys and girls standings.
“It was pretty impressive,” Heritage head coach Craig Carson said about the BVAL Championships. “We had a tremendous amount of best times ever. Most of them did their best times of the season. They peaked quite well.”
At the BVAL meet last weekend at Heritage, Patriots sophomore swimmer Stephanie Vosicka earned victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, helping Heritage win a league title.
Other two-event winners included the Patriots’ Ryan Barsanti (100 and 200 freestyle), Walker Thaning (100 backstroke, 100 butterfly) and Haley Rose Love (50 and 100 freestyle). Deer Valley’s Stanley Wu also placed first in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.
An overwhelming amount of events were won by Heritage. Athletes such as Walker Thaning, Ryan Barsanti, Carter Haines, Zayd Othman, Ty Elder, Haley Rose Love, Madison Applegate, Rachel Allison and Erica Knudsen delivered strong performances.
Freedom earned key victories at BVAL from Sierra MacIntyre (200 individual medley) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team, comprising MacIntyre, Emily Pels, Emily To’o and Emily Harris.
The Patriots qualified six relay teams in this weekend’s NCS meet, and several other athletes will be competing individually. Barsanti earned a No. 5 seed in the boys 200-yard freestyle race and a No. 9 seed in the 500-yard freestyle, Love a No. 2 seed in the girls 50-yard freestyle, Travis Cook a No. 9 seed in the one-meter diving competition and Applegate a No. 6 seed in the 100-yard butterfly.
Love and Applegate are seeded No. 4 and 5, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle competition.
“We got a lot of kids in,” Carson said. “They all have potential to score. A couple of them hopefully can make the top eight finals.”
Six Freedom relay teams also qualified. Genevieve Paschale is the highest-ranked individual Falcon – No. 21 in the one-meter diving competition. Four relay teams will wear Deer Valley’s colors; Wu is the highest-seeded Wolverine at No. 10 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Liberty sends two relay teams (boys 200, boys 400). JT Sarmento is the one individual Lion qualifier (No. 8 in 200 freestyle, No. 23 in 100 freestyle).