The Santa Ynez High School swim team kicked off its 2019 season Thursday at the annual Channel League Relays at Santa Barbara High School.

The Pirates jumped right into their first season of Channel League action with a fourth place finish for both the boys and girls teams.

“It was a good, fun meet to get back into action,” said Santa Ynez head coach Jake Kalkowski in a telephone interview after the meet. “We were anxious to kick off the season, get the team together and have some fun for both the boys’ and girls’ squads.”

The boys team entered six of the seven relays, finishing third in the 4x100 freestyle and fourth in the rest.

The girls team entered five of the seven events, finishing fourth in four of them but was disqualified from the fifth.

Santa Barbara hosted the event that included Santa Ynez, Lompoc, Dos Pueblos and San Marcos High Schools. Cabrillo didn’t send a team to the relays.


The Pirates swam the 4x100 Individual Medley (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle) in 4:24.95 with Max Pecile leading off, followed by Jaeger Purdom, Jackson Raney and Keller Haws.

Purdom, Raney, Joseph Blanchard and Pecile went 2:23.06 in the 4x50 breast.

In the 4x50 back, the Pirates swam to a 1:57.29 with Pecile, Raney, Henry Allen and Jacob Thielst.

The Pirates went 1:53.29 in the 4x50 IM behind Thielst, Purdom, Haws and Jake Healey.

In the unusual 6x50 free, with six swimmers competing, the Pirates went 2:29.96 with Allen leading off, followed by Sam Edwards, Blanchard, Thielst, Healey and Haws.

The Pirates picked up a third place in the 4x100 free in a time of 2:42.12 behind Healey, Blanchard, Edwards and Allen.

The winner of the boys meet was not available at press time. 


Danish exchange student Luna Venet led off the 4x50 breast foursome, with Kylee Hatchell, Kylie Luke and Taye Luke following for a 2:52.04 finish.

They went 2:10.41 in the 4x50 IM behind Jessica Burt, Alli Alderete, Ananda Main and Taye Luke.

Taye Luke led off the 6x50 free followed by Kylie Luke, Alderete, Luna, Burt and Annie Ackert for a 2:54.72 finish.

Main, Hatchell, Kylie Luke and Ackert swam a 4:33.59 in the 4x100 free.

The Pirates’ 4x100 IM team swam a 4:59.50 but was disqualified.

San Marcos won the girls’ half of the Relays.

The Pirates have their first dual meet on Thursday when they host Dos Pueblos in Channel League action.

Diving kicks off the meet beginning at 2 p.m.

The swimming races begin at 2:45 p.m.

Sandoval wins first three matches at state

Santa Ynez junior Richie Sandoval won his first three matches at the CIF State Wrestling Meet on Thursday.

Sandoval beat James Murphy with a fall at 2:40 of the first match of the tournament held in Bakersfield. Sandoval then beat Nolan Marchetti via technical fall by a 15-0 score. Sandoval then beat TJ Ruiz of Vacaville with another fall at 2:17. 

Sandoval was set to wrestle Jacob Rivera of Central Section power Selma on Friday. That result was not available at press time. Visit for complete results from the state meet or check out Thursday's Santa Ynez Valley News.


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