Sports Update: Jana Jocic Qualifies for State

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(From left) Addie Hudzinski, Jana Jocic, Ava Knepper, and Myha Pinto set the record in the Medley Relay prelims then lowered it in the finals with a 1:49.32 time for 14th in the Division 1 finals. The time would have easily won Division 3 and Division 4 titles. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach Swimming

The Laguna Beach High School spring sports season is winding down this month and will switch to summer mode very soon. Fall Sports will be back in early August but a number of returning athletes will be in high level competition this summer.

Swimming

Jana Jocic Qualifies for State

Breaker girls finished 26th in Division 1, the top of the four Southern Section CIF divisions and Jana Jocic returned to the pool to finish fourth in the 100 Breast (1:04.09) and qualified for the State Championships to be held this weekend at Clovis West High School near Fresno. Laguna’s 200 Medley Relay of Addie Hudzinski, Jana Jocic, Ava Knepper, and Myah Pinto finish 14th with a 1:49.32 and a new school record time at the meet held at the Marguerite Aquatics Center in Mission Viejo. Earlier they broke the old record of 1:50.62 set last season in the preliminaries with a time of 1:49.52.

The Boys ended 25th with 17 points thanks to Chase Shipp finishing second in the Division 1 Dive meet on April 27. He was not selected for the State Dive finishing seventh at the qualifier with only the top six in the Southern Section making the cut.

Track & Field

Melanie Falkowski Advances to Finals

The talented runner Melanie Falkowski finished third in the 3,200 meter run (11:10.24) at the Division 3 prelims held at Estancia High School last Saturday and became the only Laguna athlete to advance to the Division 3 finals on Saturday at Moorpark High School in Ventura County. The senior was the Sunset Surf League Cross County Champion last Fall and as expected has made an impact in Track for coach Steve Lalim.

Looking for the latest Laguna scores, rosters, and schedules? Go to the department website at lbhs.lbusd.org/athletics/teams for the updated schedules and where the scores get posted first for all levels!

Spring Signings Announced:

Laguna held their spring signing assembly on May 4 and the following is the list provided on those that were scheduled to attend and their college selection:

Nick Bonn: Baseball, Pepperdine

Hannah Carver: Water Polo, USC

Luke Degner: Football, University of Chicago

Melanie Falkowski: Cross Country & Track, San Diego State University

Vik Kasaraneni: Water Polo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Frankie Laptin: Water Polo, UC Davis

Jackson Sirianni: Basketball, Vanguard University

Jordan Sprague: Soccer, Cal State Northridge

Jacqueline Witteman: Volleyball, Rochester Institute of Technology

Alumni Update:

Women’s Water Polo: Makenzie Fischer ’15  scored four goals, two steals, and two drawn exclusions to lead Stanford (25-2) to the NCAA Women’s Water Polo title with a 10-7 win over USC (20-4). Another big part of the Stanford win was Aria Fischer ’17 with three assists and three drawn exclusions. Also in the pool was USC’s Sophia Lucas ’18 earning a drawn exclusion and steal for the Trojans.

Men’s Volleyball: Sam Burgi ’18 was credited with sparking UCLA (22-5) to a quarterfinal win over Pepperdine in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships. The Bruins finished third after a narrow five-set loss to Cal State University Long Beach in the semi’s on May 5.

Beach Volleyball: Dain Blanton ’90 the head coach for USC Beach Volleyball won his second consecutive NCAA title this past Sunday in Gulf Shores Alabama as the Trojans defeated Florida State 3-1.

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