For the past decade, the Pirate men's
swimming team had been the hunted.
Winners of 10 straight conference titles
form 2003-2012, VC was caught by Cuesta
College a year ago as the Cougars claimed
first place. This year, Ventura was
projected to finish third in the Western
State Conference championships. With
the serious illness that had affected head
Larry Baratte since August, third would
have been good, but the Pirates had other
things in mind. Behind Chris Sands'
first place finish in the 200-yard
butterfly, and the 400-yard relay team of
Mitchell Ongstad, Kyle Berg, Alec Kruse and
Shea O'Shea's careful third place finish in
the meet's final race, the Pirates claimed
the WSC crown for their head coach, the
team's 11th title in 12 years.