There may not have been an individual champion Saturday, but every member of the Ventura College men's swimming team drew closer to a state championship today by piling on the points on the second day of the California Community College championships.
The Pirates will bring a 102-point cushion into the final day of the meet today at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.
"Today was our depth day," said Ventura coach Larry Baratte. "We scored over 200 points.
"They're fired up and excited about tomorrow."
Ventura leads second-place Orange Coast, 347-245, followed by Diablo Valley (241), Santa Rosa (202) and Sierra (174.5).
After a strong morning in the preliminaries, Ventura started the night session strong as Collin Baratte, Rafael Ingannamonte, Steven Edgar and Daniel Colvin combined to win the win the 200-yard medley relay in 1:33.03.
Ventura piled up 36 points in the men's 200 free as Eric Rennspiess finished third (1:42.69), Michael Craft was sixth (1:44.12), Evan Hedrick was 13th (1:45.56) and Spencer McGrath was 14th (1:45.91).
David Hine finished second in the 400 individual medley (4:05.03). Ingannamonte was sixth (58.57) in the 100 breast stroke.
Edgar finished second in the 100 butterfly in 49.94 seconds. Wade Federer was seventh (51.66) and Colvin was 12th (52.42).
In the 100 backstroke, Jordan Singleton was fourth (52.10), Baratte was seventh (53.34), and Michael Crowley was eighth (54.06).
Edgar, Hedrick, Craft and Reinspeiss were second (6:52.46) in the 800 freestyle relay.
"Most of it was just solid performances,' said Baratte. ""Everybody did their job. We're looking forward to (today), a good morning and we should be in good shape."
It all started in the morning for the Pirates Friday.
"It was great morning in which we just loaded up championship and consolation finals," said Baratte. "We got all the people we really needed back.
"It was the best prelims that we've had."
The Ventura women sat in eighth with 146 points, 13 behind sixth-place Modest. Orange Coast leads the meet with 362.
Shyla Motley finished second (30.12) in the women's 50 backstroke. In the 200 freestyle, Deanna Pickman was ninth (1:57.73) and Kayleigh Jeffrey was 12th (1:59.64).
Pickman, Jeffrey, Cristina Fung and Kelsey Michon were a strong fourth in the 800 freestyle relay.
"That was just a terrific swim," said Baratte.