The Yosemite Swim Club hosted a USA Swim Meet attended by more than 200 swimmers from the Central Valley at Yosemite High's Baker Swim Complex Oct. 13 and 14. Six teams competed in the event that emphasized individual times for swimmers to qualify for future USA and Junior Olympic events.
The club, coached by Jules Tuggle, had 22 swimmers, aged 6 to 16, participating in the variety of events at the meet.
Claire Tuggle, 8, had an outstanding day placing first in four events in her division. She won the 100 yard freestyle (1:16.06), 50 yard freestyle (38.47), 50 yard backstroke (39.84) and the 100 yard individual medley (1:29.21).
Brother Theo Tuggle took first in the boys 11-12 year-old 50 yard butterfly (42.69), second in the 50 yard backstroke (41.00) and third in the 100 yard butterfly (1:45.16).
Other top performances for the hometown club included:
Jake Montgomery, first in 13-14 200 yard backstroke (3:06.01), first in 100 yard butterfly (1:21.23) and second in the 50 yard freestyle (29.62) and 200 yard breaststroke (3:07.42).
Lola Beams, first, 7-8, 100 yard backstroke (1:53.70), and seconds in 50 yard freestyle (37.49) and 50 backstroke (47.17).
Jeff Foster, first, 15 and over, 100 yard freestyle (54.55) and third in 100 butterfly (1:02.42).
Braylon Radford, second, 6 and under, 200 breaststroke (36.80).
Jonathan Mulkey, second, 13-14, 100 breaststroke (1:26.67).
Ellery Meade, second, 11-12,100 backstroke (1:42.26).
Burke Stewart, second, 11-12, 50 breaststroke (49.72), third in 100 breaststroke (1:50.22).
Erika Kerns, second, 11-12, 50 freestyle (43.39).
Meade, Missy Rockey, Claire Tuggle and Kerns, second, 11-12, 200 yard freestyle relay (2:24.01).
Other team members that participated in the meet were Zhenka Beams, Lexi Clark, Maddie Davidson, Sydney Lapham, Abby Madaus, Lily Madaus, Ellie Montgomery, Shelby Radliff, Megan Rapp, Samantha Rockey, Angie Sampson, Elsa Smock and Theo Tuggle.
Coach Tuggle said swimming gives every athlete the opportunity to experience success.
"For the first time swimmer, learning the strokes and overcoming the fear of competing are big accomplishments," Tuggle said. "The more advanced swimmers have the opportunity to experience the reward of hard work and discipline as they achieve their personal best times on race day. These swimmers are learning life skills including hard work and commitment that will serve them well both in and out of the pool.
The Yosemite Swim Club is a USA-Swimming affiliated club that works out at YHS and competes in one or two USA swimming meets a month.
Details: Coach Jules Tuggle, (559) 964-7130, firstname.lastname@example.org.