Steven Stumph's effort in the 100-yard breaststroke at Friday's North Coast Section swimming preliminaries put him in a class with an Olympic gold medalist.

The Campolindo High senior tied a national high school record originally set by Brendan Hansen when he touched the wall in 53.67 seconds at the Concord Community Pool.

"I definitely had (the record) in my head for a long time, the whole season pretty much," said Stumph, who also set an NCS record in the 100 butterfly earlier in the preliminaries.

Hansen, who set the record in 2000 while swimming at Pennsylvania's Haverford High, has gone on to win six Olympic medals and is a former world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. He worked with Stumph, a junior national team member, earlier this spring at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

"It just such a fun experience to know the guy and know that he's willing to have other people break his record and is encouraging it, too," Stumph said. "To be able to share it with him is just amazing."

Stumph thinks he may be able to go even faster in Saturday's finals. He said there are some small details he can clean up, plus he'll be racing against a loaded field that includes Granada's Nick Silverthorn, Acalanes' Brett Usinger and former NCS record holder Charlie Wiser of Miramonte.

Sven Campbell is also a big part of Campolindo's bid to earn a ninth straight boys team title. He earned the top seed in two events, and lowered his own NCS record in the 100 backstroke to 47.65.


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Campolindo's 400 freestyle relay team set another meet record with a time of 3:02.97. Granada began the meet with a record swim in the 200 medley relay (1:32.95).

The 400 freestyle relay was the only meet record to go down on the girls side. Carondelet, which hopes to challenge two-time defending champion San Ramon Valley for the girls team title, lowered its own record by posting a time of 3:23.96.

Boys volleyball

Deer Valley d. Amador Valley: The Wolverines boys volleyball team finally has its championship.

After winning 235 matches in the last eight seasons, the Wolverines continued their finest season with a crowning achievement after beating Amador Valley 25-15, 24-26, 25-16, 25-15 to claim the NCS Division I title.

"I have to say that it feels pretty nice," Deer Valley coach Lou Panzella said. "We battled all night, and it took our best to beat a really good team. It was a complete team effort, and it feels pretty good right now."

The host Wolverines (40-1) have won 34 straight matches. Deer Valley made it look easy in games one and three, but the Dons (27-8) fought back from a 13-9 deficit in the second game to win it.

The fourth game was nip and tuck early, but Derrico Kwa was too much for the visitors. The senior setter had 48 assists and nine kills, setting up sophomore Jordan Ewert (20 kills) and Marcus Lee (16 kills). Ryan Genn and Roy Xue combined for 20 kills for the Dons.

-- Matt Smith, correspondent

Baseball

Lowell-San Francisco 13, Oakland Tech 2: Tre Clayton's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning accounted for all the Bulldogs' scoring as visiting Lowell swept the best-of-three TransBay Series with this second-game win.

The Cardinals, jumped out quickly with six runs in the top of the first inning at Rickey Henderson Field against Oakland Tech (14-9)

-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent