Nearly 750 swimmers from eight Central Valley teams, and close to 1,000 spectators made for a busy day last Saturday during the Central Valley Recreational Swim League Time Trials at the Harry Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School.
The Yosemite Swim Club hosted the well-organized and efficiently run Division I Time Trials. Other teams participating in the event were from Kingsburg, Porterville, Coalinga, Auberry, Fresno (Fig Garden), Fowler and Lindsay.
The Yosemite Swim Club, coached by Jules Tuggle, had more than 60 swimmers qualify and swim in the meet. Of that group, 25 swimmers qualified to go on to the Central Valley Finals meet this Saturday in Kingsburg, where the fastest swimmers from all 22 Central Valley Recreational Swim League teams will compete.
Many Yosemite Swim Club swimmers had standout performances during the meet.
Claire Tuggle, 8, took first place in all three of her events (25 yards freestyle, backstroke and butterfly) and is poised to break league records at Saturdays finals. Her best times in the three events are 14.47, 17.62 and 16.67, respectively.
Kassadee vonAh, 15, began swimming only a month ago and has progressed quickly, coach Tuggle said. She had a personal best 100 yard Individual Medley time (1:27.36), shaving 11 seconds of her previous best time.
Aaron Mulkey 16, Collin LaTour 13, Sevannah vonAh 13, and Ron Luther, 14, all broke the 30 second milestone in the 50 meter freestyle.
Other club team members who qualified for Saturdays finals include Anika Mulkey, Ryan Rainwater, Max Tuggle, Lola Beams, Ashlyn Greenwood, Tyler Asis, Theo Tuggle, Collin LaTour, Aaron Mulkey, Sydney Rainwater, Josh Johnson, Lydia LaTour, Nathaniel Mulkey, Raymond Allen, Cameron Hart, Ron Luther, and Samantha Rockey.
In addition, 10 Yosemite relay teams qualified for the finals.
"This was an outstanding showing for our Mountain Area, both in swimming performance and community support," Tuggle said. "It is an absolute honor to coach these young swimmers, work for the Yosemite Swim Club board, work with the swim families and partner with our community. It made the many hours of preparation well worth it."
The soccer field behind the pool was dubbed tent city, accommodating close to 100 easy-ups, where swimmers rested and spent time with team members and family while they awaited their next event.
Many community volunteers assisted with making the event, the first for Oakhurst, a big success.
"The Yosemite High School staff, including Athletic Director Michelle Chenowith, Facilities Director Sally Condon, and YHS swim coaches Brandon Brokaw and Brenna Neely, made it possible to set-up and run the meet," Tuggle said.
Other volunteers who assisted with the meet were Dwan Foster, Mary Alice, Jeff Whaley, Gary Murphy, Tony and Lori McLean, Chuck Nugent, Wayne Hendrickson, Laurie Madsen and Rebecca Larson.
Monika Moulin, Yosemite Joint Union School District board member, and Jarrod Lyman, with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, served as announcers during the all-day event.
"We also had great support from the business community including Sierra Ambulance, Sears, Sierra Tel, Supernaws BBQ, DBD Kettle Korn, and Mike's Shaved Ice," Tuggle said.
The Yosemite Swim Club will continue to swim through the end of July. Their Fall Season begins Aug. 19.
Details: Jules Tuggle, (559) 964-7130, email@example.com.