Girls Athlete of the Week

VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Girls Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from May 8 to May 13, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 19.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Madison Frederick

Frederick has a day to remember in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Swimming Finals at the Riverside Aquatics Complex on Saturday, as she placed top three in four events, including a rousing final leg in the Pumas’ championship-winning 400 free relay, which won in 3:27.70. Frederick was also third in the 50 free, fourth in the 100 free, and ran the anchor leg of the runner-up 200 free relay.

Marian Ledesma
Valley Christian

Ledesma broke a 36-year-old school record after winning the 800-meter race in 2:14:95 at CIF Division 4 Prelims on Saturday. The previous record was held by Clara Piersma with a time of 2:16.00 in 1981. Ledesma also qualified for CIF Finals in the 400 and was a part of the 4×400 relay team that also qualified.

Katelyn Nguyen

Nguyen, who won CIF Southern Section Division 4 titles in the 50 and 200 freestylle races a year ago, won two more titles in Friday’s Division 4 championships in different events. She won the 200 individual medley in 2:06.35, which was her personal best, and beat the second-place finisher by a whopiing 8.29 seconds. She won the 100 breast in 1:06.41 and also anchored the winning 200 free relay team, which set a meet record in 1:40.78, besting their prelim time by seven seconds and breaking the 2003 record set by Carpinteria by 0.78.

Alexandra Crisera
Mira Costa

Crisera broke her own meet record Saturday at the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming final at Riverside City College. Crisera swam 48.87 to win the 100-yard freestyle, besting her previous mark of 49.02. Crisera took second place in the 100 backstroke in 53.65 and was part of Mira Costa’s 400 freestyle relay team that took second place in 3:38.43.

Nikol Popov

The University of Tennessee recruit emerged as a double CIF champion at the CIF Southern Section finals, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 59.52 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 0.58 seconds. Popov won the 100 breaststroke in 2015 but took the 2016 season off to train for the Olympic trials.

Elise Garcia
Crean Lutheran

The junior won the 50 freestyle (22.66), took second in the 100 free (49.52) and raced on two winning relays to help the Saints capture their third consecutive CIF-SS Division 2 title. Both of her freestyle times led the county at the section finals and she anchored the 200 medley relay that set a county record.

Mikki Thompson

Thompson earned a championship in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.53) at the CIF-SS Division 2 meet at Riverside, helping the Bulldogs to 10th-place team finish. She also placed sixth in the 500 free (4:54.23) and swam a leg of the 200 free relay that placed sixth (1:38.33) and the 400 free relay that was 11th (3:34.27).

Autumn D’Arcy
Redlands East Valley

D’Arcy placed third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 IM, as well as swimming on a second-place relay, to help the Wildcats place second at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals Saturday.

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