Redmond native and Bear Creek graduate Zach Alleva swam on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth at last weekend’s NCAA Division III National Championship swim meet in Shenandoah, Texas.
The relay touched the wall with a time of 1:29.59, an All-American mark. They also set a school and Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) record in the event, besting their record time from the NCAAs last year, when they finished in sixth place. Alleva had a personal record (PR) of 25.24 for his 50-yard breaststroke split.
In the 400-yard medley relay championship final, CMS tied with Denison for sixth place in the event with an All-American time of 3:16.74, another CMS and SCIAC record. Alleva had a PR of 55.47 for his 100-yard breaststroke split.
In the individual 100 breast, Alleva swam his way to a 23rd-place finish in 56.52. All three breaststroke times are the second fastest in CMS history.
At the SCIAC championships on Feb. 19-22, Alleva swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay, which placed first with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time and SCIAC meet record time of 1:30.59. He was also part of the winning men’s 400 medley relay, which finished in 3:18.96 with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time. Alleva finished third in the 100 breast with a time of 56.27. All three events earned SCIAC All-Conference honors and the CMS team won the SCIAC championship.
Alleva also swam at the NCAA meet last year when the Stags placed seventh and he earned All-American honors in both relays, which finished sixth. He finished 25th in the 100 breast last year with PR of 57.25.
Alleva swam for Eastlake High, lettering all four years, earning scholar-athlete status all four years and serving as captain his senior year. He qualified for the 4A state meet all four years in multiple events, placing in the top eight in the 100 breast three of those years and winning the state championship his junior year. In his senior year, he placed second in the 100 breast and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle at state.
Photo: Alleva swimming at the SCIAC championships. Courtesy photo.