Swimming & Diving
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2
Welcome to Crean Lutheran's Swim and Dive Team! We are blessed to have wonderful parents, spirited swimmers and a supportive school to make our swim team successful.
Saints swimmers are making history with a long list of school, league, CIF, and even national records. Whether you are brand new to the sport or a seasoned competitor, there's a spot for you on our fast-growing team.
This year is especially exciting as we look to build on some amazing team accomplishments.
- 2019-2020 Season Wrap Up Article
- Team Accomplishments
- Full Aquatics Calendar
- Game Schedule
- College Athletes
Crean Lutheran’s swim teams had added depth and lots of promise
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2
It was looking like a promising season for Crean Lutheran High School’s swim teams. The prospects appeared bright before spring sports were cancelled throughout the state. Highlighting the season was the team’s third place overall finish at the Riverside Poly Pentathlon.
“This season started with high promise with our largest team in history,” said co-head coach Millicent Powell. “Each week the captains would lead the team with a devotional quote, ask for prayer requests and focus on the word of the Lord with a prayer.”
Powell also talked about the contributions of the seniors.
“We were led by five amazing seniors Anthony Fitzgerald, Joey Schell, Jacob Tung, Mandy Brenner and Ivanna Zamora.Team captain Anthony currently holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke, has qualified for CIF in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and has been a part of the CIF qualifying relays for the boys’ team.
“Jacob Tung has contributed many points with his freestyle sprinting speed and has been a part of the CIF qualifying relays for the boys’ team. Team captain Joey Schell has been a part of the CIF qualifying relays for the boys’ team. Team captain Mandy Brenner was a member of the 2017 CIF championship team and three-time CIF and state finalist, as well as CIF champion in 50 and 100 free in the 2019 season. She was a member of the teams who currently hold the CIF 200 medley relay record and 200 freestyle relay record in Division 2. Team captain Ivanna Zamora has contributed many points with her backstroke and freestyle speed and has been a part of the CIF qualifying relays for the girls’ team.”
Co-head coach Todd Brinker added some words of encouragement for the Saints’ swimmers;
“To the 2020 Crean Lutheran swim team, your strength and resilience amazes me! As we have stepped away from the pool, you have continued to support each other online and build towards that day we will be able to congregate and compete again,” he said. “JR's drive-by-birthday was an opportunity to see each other with our eyes instead of cameras and the love and support you each share will make this year and this short season memorable.
“While our seniors are no longer leading prayers to start practice, you were there for the birthday celebration. You are leading our program even as you prepare to move on next year. I am looking forward to next year, with new faces taking the lead and growing in the community of Christ as all move forward and see what the future holds. Blessings to each of you from all of the coaches.”
Millicent Powell, co-Head Coach
With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. Mark 10:27
BS in Math
Minor in Psychology
In high school, she led her team to a state championship and earned a number of honors, including all MWPA 1st Team, MWPA All-Region, MWPA All-State, and 1st Team All American. At the collegiate level, Ms. Powell competed at the University of Michigan where she was a member of the Big Ten Championship teams in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was 1st team All-Conference in the Big Ten Conference in 2011 and was selected as the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Swimming and water polo have been an integral part of my life and has helped to shape me into who I am today. I played varsity water polo all four years at Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan and then continued to play water polo at the University of Michigan. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University where I earned my BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. I have been coaching water polo and swimming since 2008 and am excited to bring my experience to CLHS. The pool deck was always where I felt accepted and encouraged to be my best. My priority is to create a team environment that supports my young athletes to become confident in who they are and help them realize their full potential. I am excited to coach and mentor our players as they enter adulthood and help them grow spiritually confident and learn how to live as an example of Christian fortitude, forgiveness, and grace.
Todd Brinker, co-head Coach
Coach Brinker joined Crean Lutheran in the fall of 2013. In that time he has been fortunate to work with more than 40 CIF champions and has coached CIF-SS championship teams in 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 as well as the California State Champions in 2016.
Brinker started coaching in the late 80’s and has run both large and small club teams as well as several high school programs. He has trained 40+ High School All Americans and members of the junior national and national teams.
Coach Brinker is an ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) lifetime Level 5 member, representing the top 2% of coaches in the country.
“I have been very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to work with outstanding athletes as well as those new to the sport”. -Coach Brinker
His favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 43:2:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
2019 Summer highlights
Seniors Mandy Brenner and Anthony Fitzgerald swam at the Junior National meet at Stanford University on July 28, 2019. Mandy qualified for the 2020 USA Olympic Trials which will take place in Omaha, Nebraska. She finished at 56.11 in the 100 meter freestyle. Anthony swam best times in the 100 meter breast stroke, 200 meter breast stroke, and 200 meter individual medley.
Achievements of the 2019 Season:
Swimmer Mandy Brenner, a junior at CLHS, set a personal best in the 50 freestyle swimming 22.82 and finished in 3rd place at the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships in Clovis, CA. Mandy followed that with a 100 freestyle in 49.88 and finished again in 3rd place. Mandy titled at the CIF-SS Finals in the 50 & 100 free!
Swimmer Mandy Brenner won the CIF Southern Section Championship titles in both the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle and qualifed for State Championships
Anthony Fitzgerald placed 4th in the Southern Section Championships in the 100 Breaststroke and earned State Championship consideration times in that race as well as the 200 Individual Medley.
Empire League finals recap: The girls took first in the Medley and 400 Free Relays and the boys placed third in the Medley Relay. Girl's Captain Mandy Brenner won the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle where she set a new Empire League Record. Boy's Captain Anthony Fitzgerald won the 200 IM and Breaststroke. Morgan Kampfer won the Butterfly and placed second in the Backstroke, Sophia Guntrip placed second in the Breaststroke and third in the Butterfly, and William Sun placed third in the Breaststroke. Kanoa Loo placed fifth in Breaststroke and Ivana Zamora placed seventh in Backstroke and the 50 Freestyle.
Achievements of the 2016 season:
Colten Young Repeats as CIF-SS and State Champion Diver!
In what has become old hat for the Crean Lutheran junior diver, he out pointed all the competition by a combination of higher degree of difficulty, and exceptional execution of dives. As the competition progressed he rained loose and mentally relaxed. Relaxed that is till he got on the board, and then his laser focus was apparent. Colten takes full advantage of his height, 6'2' which is taller than average for a diver. The height of his dives are a hallmark of each dive on his list, something his competition acknowledges is hard to beat. Congratulations Colten! We look forward to 2017 and what it will bring.
2016 State Champs!
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The girls swim team came back from a second place finish in 2015 to win the state championship in 2016! The saints swimmers completed this accomplishment with only one individual title, and many strong showings from every member of the team. The Crean Lutheran girls swim team, are the first state championship team for CLHS. They are humbled and honored to represent the school and their faith at such a prestigious event. Go Saints!
2016 CIF-SS D2 Champs!
The girls swim team repeated their 1st place finish in 2015 to win the CIF-SS d2 championship in 2016! Go Saints! It was another season blessed with amazing swimmers, and families. The Crean Lutheran Saints Girls swim team again won the Academy League, and went on to a strong win over the toughest competition in southern California regardless of CIF division.
2015 CIF-SS D2 Champs & State Runners Up!
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The Academy league was moved to Division 2, up from D3 last year on the basis of winning CIF in back to back years. The girls swim team still prevailed, and finished in 1st place! Crean Lutheran girls are the CIF-SS d2 champions! The season was blessed with amazing swims, and families. The Crean Lutheran Saints Girls swim team again won the Academy League, and went on to a strong win over the toughest competition in southern California regardless of CIF division. Diver Colten Young also won CIF at the new Division level, and went on to win the inaugural CIF State diving competition.
2014 CIF-SS d3 Repeat Champs!
The girls swim team repeated their 1st place finish in 2013 to win the CIF-SS d3 championship in 2014! Go Saints! It was another season blessed with amazing swimmers, and families. The Crean Lutheran Saints Girls swim team again won the Academy League, and went on to a strong win over the tough competition. Freshman Colten Young also won league, and CIF in his first taste of post season diving!
First CIF Title in Crean Lutheran HIS-story!
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The girls swim and dive team won the Division 3 CIF Championship! The girls won 6 individual events and 2 relays for a grand total of 250 points. Ella Eastin and Lindsey Engel won their events both set 2 division 3 meet records. Emily Eastin won two individual events to help lead the saints to victory. Divers Madison Young and Kiley Carlson scored fifth and seventh respectively to start us off on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Justin Son got second in the 100 backstroke to score for the boys.
Cogger, John Ryan
Mandy Brenner, Class of 2020, Harvard University, Swim
Anthony fitzgerald, class of 2020, Wheaton college, swim
journey werner, class of 2018, the master's university, swim
abby o'gratten, class of 2018, george fox university, swim
eva merrell, class of 2018, university of georgia, swim
elise garcia, class of 2018, university of california berkeley, swim
kevin chao, class of 2017, texas christian university, swim
jimena martinez lopez, class of 2017, university of illinois, swim
rachel taylor, class of 2017, university of california san diego, swim
brittany kampfer, class of 2016, duke university, swim
emily eastin, class of 2016, university of michigan, swim
tianna jorgenson, class of 2016, United states air force academy, swim
katherine young, class of 2016, fairfield university, swim
ella eastin, class of 2015, standford university, swim
lindsey engel, class of 2014, stanford university, swim