Wolfpack fails to make splash
Claremont High School swimming went up against a very powerful team from Diamond Bar High on Wednesday and lost the meet, yet showed the strength of their program.
The final score was all Diamond Bar, with the girls varsity winning by a score of 117-53 and the boys varsity team at 127-43. Junior varsity had a similar result for the Brahmas, with the girls winning 116-38 and the boys 133-37.
Although the overall results did not show it, the Wolfpack did come up with some very good individual results, even with one of their top swimmers, Adam Ward, out with the flu.
Sophomore Ben Eagleton won a very tight 50-meter freestyle by a fraction of a second, then came in second place in the 100-meter freestyle in another tight race.
Samantha Duran easily won the 500-meter freestyle and narrowly won the 100-meter butterfly. Later, she anchored a second-place finish for the girls in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Katrina Strash, who was just getting over an illness according to her father John Strash, took second in the 100-meter breaststroke and also helped in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Team captain senior Andrew Lopez got a solid second place in the 100-meter fly and made an impressive last-minute effort to take third in the 200-meter freestyle by less than a second.
Mark Jareankitja took second in a very fast 50-meter backstroke event.
As a special treat, the team had a diving competition at the end of the meet featuring Claremont freshman Kaylee-Anna Jayaweera, who is the only diver for the Pack. As both teams gathered to watch, the students went through a series of impressive dives.
The Wolfpack will take time off next week for spring break.
The boys golf meet against Ayala was rescheduled for April 15 at Marshall Canyon. However, the junior varsity team did take on Diamond Bar, losing a close match 258-221. Top scores came from: Spencer Sharp, 47; Elijah Song, 49; and Matt Lach, 52.
The varsity team took on Apple Valley at Ashwood Golf Course on Thursday. Look for results in our next edition.
Boys volleyball continues to struggle with their inexperience, losing to Glendale Hoover in three games. Glendale won, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-17, in the league matchup Wednesday at CHS.
The boys had a hard time handling Glendale’s top outside hitter and had too many hitting and serving errors, according to coach Bernie Wendling.
The boys are now 1-3 in league and 4-14 overall. They face Burbank Burroughs on Friday.
Claremont baseball lost a heartbreaker to Ayala, 7-6, on Wednesday in Chino Hills. The two teams traded runs throughout the game with each team scoring three in the first inning, two in the third inning and one in the fourth inning. However, Ayala was able to get a run in the sixth to take the win.
Junior Cole Prentice had a strong game with three hits and two runs scored. Also impressive was Trent Troncone, who got one hit but scored twice. Four more players got one hit each, Tyler Witt, Jeremiah Maldonado, Ryan Betancourt and Chandler Boldig. Maldonado and Betancourt each scored a run.
They face Diamond Bar at home on Friday and now have a record of 0-4 in league and 4-6 overall.