The Fallbrook High School boys swim record for six dives was broken March 17 when junior Joseph Greenwood accumulated 262.40 points during the Warriors’ home meet with Escondido Charter.
Greenwood, who attends Oasis High School and competes for Fallbrook under the CIF’s multi-school teams status policy which allows students attending certain schools to compete for specified other teams, broke the school record of 250.80 points set by Rickey Stephens in 2014.
“He impresses me every time I watch him dive,” said Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson.
Three judges scored the dives and the three scores for each dive were added and then multiplied by the degree of difficulty.
Greenwood executed a back dive with a 1 1/2 somersault and half a twist with a 1.8 degree of difficulty and received scores of 7.5, 8.0, and 7.5 for a total of 41.4 points. His back dive with a 1 1/2 somersault tuck had a degree of difficulty of 2.0 and was given three scores of 6.5 which equated to 39.0 points.
A reverse dive with a 1 1/2 somersault tuck had a degree of difficulty of 2.1 and earned Greenwood scores of 6.0, 6.0, and 7.0 for 39.9 points. All three judges awarded Greenwood 7.0 points for his inward dive with a 1 1/2 somersault tuck and a 2.2 degree of difficulty to add 46.2 points to his score. His forward dive with a 1 1/2 somersault and full twist had a degree of difficulty of 2.2 and earned Greenwood scores of 6.0, 6.0, and 6.5 and gave him 40.7 more points. Greenwood’s first competitive attempt at a forward
2 1/2 somersault tuck with a degree of difficulty of 2.4 earned him scores of 7.5, 7.5, and 8.0 and his final 55.2 points.
Greenwood’s dives weren’t counted towards the team scores; if only one school in a dual meet has at least one diver, the diving isn’t included in the team points totals although the individual divers are scored.
Fallbrook defeated Escondido Charter by a 122-44 score for the Warriors’ third win in three dual meets.
“Many of our swimmers are faster than they were at the end of last season, so it’s very good,” Richardson said.
Fallbrook took first-place points in seven of the 11 contested events against Escondido Charter. Chase Norfolk, Tiane Maestus, John Brodak, and C.J. Bridgeman won the 200-yard medley relay. Spencer Wallace had the fastest 50-yard freestyle time. Brodak won the 100-yard freestyle.
Aria Firooz, Brodak, Wallace, and Tanner Curnow comprised the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team. Declan Harrison posted a CIF meet automatic qualifying time of 58.49 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke to win that race. Maestus took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke. Curnow, Harrison, Caleb Smedley, and Firooz closed the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Escondido Charter was a Valley League opponent in 2015 and 2016 but the most recent realignment removed the White Tigers from the Valley League for swimming so the meet had no league championship implications and there was no need for the Fallbrook swimmers to compete in their best events.
“We were experimenting with different swimmers,” Richardson said. “Many of them responded very well to that.”
Fallbrook’s March 10 home meet with Oceanside ended as a 127-43 Warriors victory. The Pirates took first place in only the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. Smedley, Maestus, Brodak, and Wallace were the winning 200-yard medley relay quartet.
Bridgeman, Brodak, David Moran, and Wallace finished first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Moran, Bryce Sammons, John Litvak, and Matthew Kuhn gave Fallbrook first-place points for the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Curnow won both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Harrison had the best 200-yard individual medley time. Brodak was the first 100-yard butterfly finisher. Kuhn had an individual victory in the 500-yard freestyle. Maestus finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Fallbrook’s only loss prior to league competition was a 91-79 home defeat March 21 against Carlsbad. “Carlsbad is always super competitive with a lot of great swimmers every year,” said Richardson.
The Lancers led by 10 points entering the 400-yard freestyle relay, so if Fallbrook finished first and second the meet would end with a tie score. Richardson split his top team in an effort to have both Fallbrook quartets finish ahead of the first Carlsbad anchor.
“The boys were less than half a second away from pulling it off,” said Richardson.
Carlsbad’s anchor was senior Sukhman Singh, who was last year’s CIF champion in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke. “He was able to pull away from our guys at the end,” Richardson said.
Curnow was one of two Fallbrook individual winners March 21 and posted an automatic time of 50.94 seconds while taking first in the 100-yard freestyle. Wallace won the 50-yard freestyle race. The winning 200-yard freestyle relay team was Greg Jameson, Wallace, Brodak, and Curnow.
“It was a very close meet,” said Richardson. “Came down to the last relay. We came closer this year to beating them than we did last year. We might be able to finish ahead of them at CIF.”