LA HABRA >> When Ben Blevins-Boor’s work concluded Wednesday, the Sonora swimmer briefly descended below the surface in Lane 3 and hoisted the No. 1 sign above the water.
For the first time since 1987 and the days of the legendary Darren Ward, Sonora’s boys appear poised to claim that distinction in the Freeway League.
The Raiders took a major step toward at least a share of their first league title since ’87 with a 98-88 victory against visiting Troy, owner of 17 consecutive league titles.
Sonora improved to 4-0 in the Division 2 league and handed the Warriors their first loss with one round of dual meets remaining.
The Freeway League equally weighs duals meets and league finals in its championship formula so there was plenty of significance for the Raiders on Wednesday.
“(Troy) has won every year since I can remember and it’s pretty awesome to just pull a dub (or W) this year,” Blevins-Boor said. “We saw a lot of younger kids step up today.”
But the final touch belonged to Blevins-Boor. He anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay, featuring juniors Simon Lamar, Alex Moran and Quinn Atkinson, to seal the meet victory.
The timing board at Sonora wasn’t properly functioning but quickly flashed a time of 3 minutes, 18.20 seconds.
Blevins-Boor, a senior bound for Tennessee, and Lamar, a rising star in open-water marathon swimming, paced the Raiders with a pair of victories. Blevins-Boor claimed the backstroke and 100 freestyle while Lamar snatched the 200 and 500 freestyles.
But Sonora also received valuable points from its B teams in the freestyle relays, both of which touched third. Sophomore Josh Boynton touched third in the 100 breaststroke while Jeremy Cho took third in the 200 individual medley and backstroke.
On Tuesday, Cal State…