Swinney paces Spartans

Former Tolog backstroke standout leading San Jose State's current surge.

January 31, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk,

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Briana Swinney (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2010) sophomore, San Jose State women's swimming and diving: The Spartans are on fire — winners of six straight dual meets — and Swinney is leading way.

The former Tolog and returning All-Western Athletic Conference second-team selection was a winner in three events on Jan. 20 to propel San Jose State to a 156-104 nonconference victory over host Cal State Bakersfield. Swinney captured the 50-yard backstroke in 28.25 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:00.04 and also swam a leg of the 200-medley relay, which the Spartans won in 1:48.70.


Swinney and San Jose State, which is now 6-1 on the year and has also posted top-four finishes at all three of the invitationals it has attended this season, will be back in action Saturday at Fresno State.

Alex Campbell (La Cañada High, 2010) sophomore, UC Santa Barbara men's swimming and diving: Campbell helped deliver a dominant 158-100 road win for the Gauchos over Pacific Friday by hitting the wall first in the 100 freestyle in a time of 46.97 seconds.

UC Santa Barbara had the top-three finishers in the 100 freestyle and the top-four in the 200 freestyle. Campbell rounded out the Gauchos' impressive performance in the 200 freestyle by finishing fourth in 1 minute 43.37 seconds.

The Gauchos are 5-0 in dual meets and have enjoyed two top-10 tournament finishes in the Texas (seventh) and Arena Invitationals (second).

Campbell was UC Santa Barbara's top finisher in the 100 freestyle at the Texas Invitational, which was held Dec. 3, after he placed 28th in 45.49.

UC Santa Barbara has one more dual meet this season at home against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before it begins the PAC-12 Swimming Championships, which will be held Feb. 29 through March 3 in Long Beach.

Christian Renfro (La Cañada High, 2011) freshman, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo men's swimming and diving: Renfro has become an immediate-impact freshman for the Mustangs.

The former Spartan holds the year's best mark on the team in the 100- (46.88 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:40.77) and the third best times in the 50 freestyle (21.88) and 100 backstroke (53.63).

Renfro also led Cal Poly to a dominating win over UC Santa Cruz, 214-70, on Jan. 14 to pick up its first win in dual-meet action.

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