In one of the closest and most dramatic Yosemite High boys swimming meets in recent years, Jeff Foster and Phillip Kudela led the Badgers varsity to a 99-84 win over Kerman April 18 at The Harry Baker Swim complex.
Foster, a junior, won the 200 yard individual medley (2:17.29) and the 100 butterfly (59.62) while Kudela, only a freshman, won the 200 (2:04.62) and 500 freestyle 5:39.61.
Foster and Kudela, along with teammates Jared Wood and Chance Bendz, won the 200 medley relay (1:51.99). Alex Mears joined Foster, Kudela and Wood to capture second place in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.71), 2.6 seconds behind Kerman's team.
The girls varsity team defeated Kerman 115-65. Both the boys and girls team remain undefeated in the North Sequoia League with 4-0 records.
"There was a lot of energy at the pool today," Badger coach Brandon Brokaw said. "We won a lot of close races that we needed to win today. These wins put us in position to win league again."
Savannah Wagner won the 100 breaststroke (1:21.18), was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:51.61) and placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (3:47.11).
Wagner is an exchange student from Germany living with Steve and Jerri Carney of North Fork. After her year at Yosemite, she will return to he family home in Berlin (3.8 million population), Germany's capitol, for an additional two years of high school. She hopes to return to California to attend college "somewhere near the beach."
Wagner said she likes the small communities of North Fork and Oakhurst and enjoys meeting all the nice people in the area.
Kleist wind diving
For the fourth meet in a row, Yosemite High senior Augie Kleist won the one meter diving event with a score of 143.4. Second and third place went to Yosemite's Dillan Masai (74) and Humberto Fernanadez (68) respectively.
Kleist dove his freshman and sophomore year but sat out last season.
"I decided to come back to diving because I like the challenge of improving on all my dives," Kleist said.
His dives have a high degree of difficulty and include a forward double, back double and reverse double.
The diving competition is held at the beginning of the swim meets and usually every member of the competing teams gather to watch the event.
"When I get on the board, I just try to focus, collect my thoughts, go through the dive in my head and block everything else out," Kleist said.
Volunteer diving coach Sallie West calls Kleist a very determined and hard working diver who thus far this season has done an incredible job.
Yosemite divers Summer Hurt and Kimiko Smith placed first and second in the girls event.
Three Yosemite girls relay team records were set at the April 21 Clovis West Invitational meet that featured 41 high school teams and more than 1,400 participants.
The 200 medley relay team of Molly Casey, Savannah Wagner, Tori Ellsworth and Kayla Davis now have the a new school record of 2:02.04.
The 200 freestyle relay team set a new school record of 1:47.22. The team consists of Davis, Ellsworth, Emma Madsen and Julia McConville.
The third record came from the 400 freestyle relay team of Davis, Wagner, McConville and Madsen who finished the race in 3:54.54.
The Badgers host Chowchilla today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. The NSL Championship Meet will be held at noon, May 1, at Chowchilla, followed by the Central Section Division II Championship Meet May 17 and 18. Location still to be determined.