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Swimmers Post CIF Qualifying Times; Girls Basketball To Celebrate Season

“We had some good swims, a lot of kids dropped time,” said Rob Bowie, BHHS head swimming coach of last week’s John Marow Invitational, which Beverly High hosted.

The boys 200 free relay (Christian Apt, Daniel Ilinsky, Kevin Youssefzadeh, Kevin Suarez) posted a CIF automatic qualifying time and their 400 free relay (Apt, Ilinsky, Willie Zhang and Suarez) put up a time just on the verge of automatic that should get them in.

“We hope to qualify our 200 medley relay automatically this  week,” Bowie said.

Individually, Suarez has qualified automatically in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Zhang and Justin Brezhnev both have consideration CIF times in the 100 breaststroke, and Youssefzadeh and  Apt are knocking on the door to qualifying in the 50 free. Michael Presas and Tracy Ainslie are hoping to make CIF in both the 200 free and 500 free.

On the girls side, Young In Lee has  qualified in the 100 breast stroke. At the invitational Michelle Margolin swam a consideration time in the 100 backstroke, and the 200 free relay (Margolin, Mallory Smith, Lee, Alli Friedman) put up their fastest time of the year with a solid CIF consideration time. “We’re hoping to qualify all three girls relays into CIF,” Bowie said.

Individually Patty Salgado hopes to qualify in the 200 free and 100 free (she finished in the top six in both events at the invitational for FS girls).

Smith also is going for qualifying times in those same events, while Friedman has her sights set on the 50 free.

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Meanwhile, the Norman girls basketball team’s historic quest for a CIF title ended this month in Fresno, when the team lost to Hanford High School in the state playoffs, 90-65.

Morgan Mason had 28 points and Sophie Payson contributed 19 and five three-pointer.

Before that season-ender the girls lost in a CIF final against Santa Ana’s Mater Dei, 81-42.

“It was fantastic; we had a great time,” said Coach John Braddell  of the team’s  celebrated season. “We had a lot of fun. the girls played very well throughout the playoffs.

“We ran into two good teams,” Braddell added. “Hanford was tough to prepare for; they had a good offensive system that relied heavily on three-point shots, they had 14 three-pointers.

The attention-getting season saw BHHS rally around the team. There was an actual rally before the team faced Mater Dei after beating summit in the semi-finals 73-67.

“We had a lot of band and cheerleader support,” Braddell stated. “It’s the most support I’ve seen for a team since I’ve been here, especially for girls sports.” A few die hard fans and parents even made the trip to Fresno.

Braddell’s already looking forward to next season. Returners include Mason, point guard Natalie Moy Miranda Abdul- Mansour and he twin sister Jaina and Chelsea Austin.

“Everyone’s looking at us now,” Braddell said. “There are high expectations for next season, so it becomes tougher.

The team will celebrate its season at an upcoming banquet.

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