SAN LUIS OBISPO — On Thursday, May 4 at Sinshimer Pool in San Luis Obispo, the Greyhounds swim team competed in the PAC-8 finals. It was a perfect day, the facilities were packed with double parked cars and screaming parents fighting for a perfect picture position. A haze of sunscreen filled the sky above the pool as each swimmer prepared for the long day ahead.
The Greyhounds boys and girls swim teams finished in fifth place in the PAC-8. The Greyhounds have been led all season by their senior speedster Sean Mylan, and he continued to impress at league finals. A few minutes before the 50-yard freestyle began an electricity started to emanate from the spectating crowd. Mylan and Galen Penvenne have be trading the top spot in the event all season long. Both swimmers have posted CIF consideration times throughout the season and will be advancing, but the county crown was on the line. Because the 50-yard freestyle is so short (just up and back once in the pool), there is no room for error, only room for speed.
Unfortunately for Mylan, his start wasn’t great and Penvenne was into the water first and was able to hold off the Greyhound swimmer. However, both swimmers swam so fast, even as the second-place finisher, Mylan posted a CIF automatic qualifying time.
After a bad start in the 50 free, Mylan changed swimsuits. He ditched the charcoal grey jammers and emerged from the crowd in a bright pink suit, letting everyone know he was the favorite in the 100-yard freestyle. Mylan got another chance at gold in the 100-yard freestyle, and this time he left no doubt. This swim wasn’t against his rival, but Mylan finished almost a full two seconds faster than Nathan Solis of Arroyo Grande. His time of 47.36 earned him a second CIF automatic qualifying time and the Greyhounds lone first team all-league selection.
The relay teams for the Greyhounds performed well. The boys 200-yard freestyle relay team put together a great race. The team is made up of Calum Gower, Colby VanHausen, Adam Fagundes and Mylan as the anchor. The boys finished fourth overall in the relay with a time of 1:35.45. The girls 200-yard medley relay team put together a time of 2:05.98, which landed them in fifth place. The four teams that finished above them all posted CIF consideration times, which shows how competitive swimming is in the Southern Section.
Abby Wright and Faith Archibald swam hard for the Greyhounds all day. The two finished back-to-back in the 50-yard freestyle, Archibald in sixth (26.38) and Wright in seventh (26.40).
CIF will continue at the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside community college.