PLEASANTON -- In an impressive display of depth, San Ramon Valley High teams swept all four divisions for the second straight year at the East Bay Athletic League swimming and diving championships.
But it wasn't entirely the Wolves' party at Amador Valley.
Granada took an exciting victory in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, as standout Nick Silverthorn bested San Ramon Valley's Clayton Young in a rousing anchor leg that began with the two club teammates dead-even.
"I knew he was a competitor," Silverthorn said of Young. "It was similar to our dual meet, actually, when it came down the last leg. I knew I needed to step it up. When I won the 100 free earlier it was a solid time, but I knew it wasn't going to do it against those guys."
Over a dozen teammates cheered for Silverthorn when he touched the wall.
"Great vibe," he said of the team unity. "It hasn't been better on any team I've been on. They just get together, and they know we've got something special here."
Granada coach Julian Avilla, who also helps coach the Matadors' football team, raves of the swimming team's student-athletes.
"We have some outstanding swimmers," Avilla said. "The one thing that's nice for me being a teacher on campus at Granada is not only do I get to interact with these kids in the athletic realm, but also in the academic realm.
"I'm very, very fortunate in a sense that all of them are not only outstanding swimmers, but they're also outstanding individuals," he continued. "Great in the classroom. Great in the community. Great in the pool. It's really made it easy on me as a coach to have these kids on my team."
Carondelet's girls 400 free relay team set a meet-record of 3 minutes, 26.14 seconds. The Cougars' quartet boasted freshman Madelyn Murphy, along with three accomplished returners from last year's meet-record group, Natalie Amberg, Madison White and Chelsea Chenault.
The meet featured eight varsity meet records, among 28 overall.
De La Salle's David Morgan set the EBAL mark in the 200 IM (1:53.31), and San Ramon Valley broke the mark in the girls 200 free relay (1:36.95), as did the Monte Vista boys 200 free relay (1:25.09). Amador Valley's Jason Chen set the mark in the 100 butterfly (49.71).
Foothill senior Celina Li was allowed to swim the girls 200 IM final alone after the individual finals were completed because she had to take an exam earlier in the day. She was unfazed, breaking her own meet mark with a time of 1:58.26.
Granada's boys 200 medley relay team broke the meet record it set in Friday's preliminaries with a time of 1:34.25. The team members were Trent Trump, Silverthorn, Maxime Rooney and Bryce McLaggan.
Carondelet coach Jasmine Mullan was particularly impressed with her swimmers' efforts considering some were untapered and basically training through the meet. She expects an exciting battle against two-time defending NCS champion San Ramon Valley next week.