Diablo Valley College swimmer Allison Gargalikis was honored as California's top junior college female athlete after a record-breaking season in the pool.

Gargalikis, a Carondelet High graduate, was named California Community College Athletic Association athlete of the year.

She led the Vikings to the state championship after breaking state records in the 100-yard breaststroke, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly, along with the 200 and 400 medley relays.

Gargalikis began her college career at UCLA before coming back home to DVC.

She excelled beyond the state meet, placing as an All-American in nine different events.

Her individual times at the state meet led the nation's community colleges. Gargalikis also set a pool record at East Los Angeles College's Swim Stadium with her time of 1:00.71 in the 100 breaststroke.

STEPHENSON NAMED TO FUTURES GAME: Alhambra High graduate Robert Stephenson was selected to the MLB Futures Game.

Stephenson, a right-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization, is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.

Pitching for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A) this season, Stephenson has a 4.17 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 82 innings.

He entered the season as MLB's No. 19 prospect. He was also named Southern League mid-season all-star earlier this month.


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The Futures game is played the same weekend as the MLB All-Star game and showcases the next wave of young talent in the game.

LOCALS EARN STATE HONORS: Several Contra Costa players were honored by Cal-Hi Sports for a strong spring season on the diamond.

College Park High's Joe DeMers was named state junior of the year in baseball while Alhambra's Kylee Perez was picked as the state medium schools player of the year in softball.

Also, Alhambra's Karlee Sparacino made second-team outfield and Carondelet's Taylor Blair was a second-team multi-purpose pick on the underclass softball team.

AQUANUTS MAKE YOUTH TEAM: Three Walnut Creek Aquanuts were named the U.S. Synchronized Swimming 13-15 (youth) national team recently.

Taylor Fair, Lauren Simonelli and Daria Torba were all named to the 12-member team after the final stage of trials in Lafayette.

The team will compete at the UANA Synchronized Swimming championships Aug. 12-17 in Riverside.