Boys Swimming, Girls Swimming · Riverside Poly Pentathlon Invitational


The Riverside Poly Pentathlon Invitational is a great meet to start off the season. Its a chance for swimmers to shake off the rust from last year and it allows coaches to get early base times. Base times are what we measure progress with and how we pick events for our swimmers.
The format allows athletes to select 1 of 2 pentathlons to compete in, Freestyle or Medley. The Freestyle Pentathlon combines standard freestyle events (the 50, 100, 200) with a few odd ones (25 and 75) for fun.The Medley Pentathlon tests swimmers ability to complete a 50 yard swim in all the disciplines (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle) as well as a short medley race (100yd Individual Medley). Only swimmers that finished in the top 8 of each race earned points. At the end of the meet, points were tabulated, and athletes were ranked to see who would medal in the Freestyle and Medley Pentathlons.
Because of the semi-final appearance in Water Polo, the El Rancho’s Girls team was comprised of 7 swimmers, and competed against 13 other teams, some large, some small. Their effort was lead by Freshman swimmer, Lorelei Rojo, who scored enough points to take the 7th place medal (out of 131) in the Medley Pentathlon and place the team in overall 8th place.
The Boys team competed against 14 other teams. There were quite a few standout swims. Andrew Ortiz posted a 12th place 50 Free time and 21st in the 100 Free out of the other 150 swims. Miguel Ornelas cracked the top 50 in both the 50 free and 100 free and Victor Villegas posted 28th in the 100 Free.
On the Pentathlon side, Carlos Rojo’s effort was enough to place him in 10th place out of 146 swimmers. Placing as high as 6th, and all but one of his swims in the top 14, Carlos just missing medaling. His efforts did help to put the Boys team in 7th place overall.
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