Titans News · It’s a gold rush for Titans at Mesa League swim finals

Davila captured first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:01.01) and 100 backstroke (1:01.70), with both times meeting the San Diego Section’s automatic qualifying standard.

Lundgren touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:05.12) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.10) events. Lundgren’s times in both events set new meet records.

She blasted former Titan standout Angelika Yngson’s meet record of 2:13.55 in the 200 IM by nearly eight seconds and shaved four seconds off Hagewood’s previous meet record of 1:07.10 in the breaststroke event.

Not surprisingly, Lundgren earned the Female Swimmer of the Year award.

She is a favorite to challenge for CIF titles and a berth in the state championship meet in just her first year as a high school swimmer.

She draws on the mentality of Olympic champions for self-motivation.

“Swimming so many meets so often (in high school) I start feeling tired but I work through it and push myself,” the Titan frosh star explained. “When there’s a wall, I keep going and break through it.”

“Her ceiling is really high,” EHS head coach Steve Wiggs noted about her potential.

Hagewood won her individual gold medal in the 50 freestyle (24.20) while Martha captured first place in the 100 freestyle (55.23). Both times met the section’s automatic qualifying standard.

Hagewood initially specialized in the breaststroke before moving to the shorter freestyle distances. “I love that feeling of going top speed, going so fast is a rush,” she said.

The performance by the Titan ladies was breathtaking.

Eastlake rocketed past the rest of the Mesa League field with 625 points to easily top the girls team standings ahead of runner-up Olympian’s 239 points. Mar Vista finished third with 235 points, followed by Otay Ranch (225 points), Hilltop (212 points), Bonita Vista (175 points) and Mater Dei Catholic (171 points).

“We have a lot of talent and it’s still a young team,” Wiggs said. “It’s a special group.”

“It feels really amazing to know that I’m a part of it,” Davila said.

Eastlake’s gold rush was no less impressive on the boys side.

Eastlake won the boys team title with 542 points to out distance runner-up Olympian with 321 points and third place Mar Vista with 268 points. Bonita Vista finished fourth in the team standings with 260 points, followed by Hilltop (194 points), Mater Dei Catholic (90 points) and Otay Ranch (43 points).

EHS senior Emilo Camarillo, who earned the Male Swimmer of the Year award, won individual gold medals in the 200 IM (2:01.77) and 100 butterfly (53.48). His time in the latter event set a new meet record, eclipsing the 53.72 mark set last year by Mar Vista’s Oscar Vargas.

He also swam legs on the Titans’ victorious 200 freestyle (1:31.97) and 400 freestyle (3:25.57) relay teams.

The 200 freestyle relay, which included Nate Bjornstad, Jeremy Redden and Eli Stewart, set a meet record by four seconds.

Bjornstad, a sophomore, collected an individual gold medal in the 100 breaststroke (58.63) and a silver medal in the 50 freestyle (22.35). He also earned two relay gold medals (1:42.80 in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle).

Bjornstad set a new meet record with his winning breaststroke time to top the old meet record of 1:00.13 set by Otay Ranch’s Ryan Gagarin in 2016.

It was a personal breakthrough for the Titan swimmer, who had been out of the water for eight months while recovering from a water polo injury.

“It was great to come back and do a great time so long after missing the water polo season,” Bjornstad said. “My main goal was to get a best time in Mesa and take it from there in CIF.”

The Titan swimmer finished just 0.13 seconds behind Stewart in a lightning quick 50 freestyle finish.

Stewart won the event with an automatic qualifying time of 22.22 to finish just off the meet record of 22.15. “I could feel myself going fast,” he said.

Colby Hughes won an individual gold medal in the 500 freestyle with a meet record time of 4:47.28. His winning time was almost 10 seconds faster than the previous meet record of 4:57.43 set by Eastlake’s Cade Erickson last year.

Redden, a senior, deserves honorable mention after swimming on two winning freestyle relays, setting one meet record, and taking fourth in both the 50 freestyle (23.19) and 100 freestyle (50.21) to finish with four medals in the meet.