Our Canyon Boy’s Swim team made a huge splash in the swim world on Thursday night winning the first ever CIF Championship for boys swim. Here is what Dan Albano from the Orange County Register wrote about the surprising win……
RIVERSIDE >> Garrett Thurmond’s quest for redemption for himself and Canyon’s boys swimming team took him to Lane 7 and the anchor leg of the meet-ending, 400-yard freestyle relay Thursday night at Riverside City College.
Canyon’s first CIF-SS title in swimming appeared to rest on whether Thurmond could touch ahead of Nipomo in nearby Lane 9. So did the senior’s salvation from a disqualification in prelims of the Division 3 championships.
“I just remember everyone telling me that I couldn’t lose this race and I just had to finish as hard as I could,” he said.
Thurmond accomplished just that. He blazed his anchor in 47.05 seconds to bring Canyon’s 400 team to the wall ahead of San Luis Obispo County’s Nipomo by about four-tenths of a second, sealing an improbable title by the Comanches.
Canyon, a longtime member of Division 1 and a member of Division 2 last season, scored 185 points to edge Nipomo at 176. The Comanches finished 37th in Division 2 in 2016.
“Nobody would have expected Canyon to be up here right now,” said veteran coach Steve Anderson, who teamed with co-coaches Jesse Luchansky and Erik Davidson. “It’s a combination of the kids swimming incredibly well, a couple talented kids that came, a couple water polo players who just stepped up.”
Canyon’s depth was a major factor. The Comanches didn’t win an individual race or relay but still racked up the points throughout their lineup.
“He really made up for (the DQ),” Luchansky said of Thurmond, who won the consolation final of the backstroke in 52.81.
Canyon placed eighth in the 200 free relay with Nathan Wu, Anthony Ciobanu, Miles Cheng and Maag touching in 1:30.74. The Comanches’ medley relay placed fifth in 1:37.85.
Hussong, one of two club swimmers on the team, touched third in the 200 free (1:44.33) and sixth the 500 free (4:44.39). Michael Wang also was a double-finalist, teaming with Ciobanu for a fourth-eighth place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.11).