Badger swimmers plan to continue league title streaks

editor@sierrastar.comMarch 11, 2014 

The Yosemite High School boy's varsity swim team showed Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial High School why they have won the North Sequoia League title the past eight consecutive years — the Badgers defeated SJM in a non-league meet March 6, 104-71.

Yosemite High swim coach Brandon Brokaw is in his ninth year as swim coach at YHS.

"We are working hard to keep our league title streak going," Brokaw said at the start of last week SJM meet. "Boys numbers are up this year — the last few years we have been competing with 10-12 boys and this year we have 16. We have several freshman that came out this year that are really going to help us win this season and in the future."

"We only lost one senior from last year so our expectations are high," continued Brokaw. "Our boys are led by senior record holders Jeff Foster, Jared Wood, and junior Phillip Kudela.

Brokaw said senior Ben Hartesveldt is back on the team after two years off and he has another standout swimmer in junior Aaron Mulkey.

The Badgers won all three relay races (200 yard medley, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle. In one of the closest races of the day, the relay team of Travis and Trevor Wood, Hartesveldt and Oliver Curley, won the 200 medley by .12 second (2:01.51).

The winning 200 freestyle relay team of Jared Wood, Mulkey, Kudela, and Foster beat SJM by more than six seconds (1:37.99), and the same foursome won the 400 freestyle race in (3:42.96.).

Individual races were won by Yosemite's Mulkey (200 free - 2:02.18), Kudella (200 IM - 2:15.24 and 500 freestyle - 5:05.31), Hartesveldt (100 breaststroke - 1:17.01), Foster (100 butterfly (1:00.25),

Girls team looking for eighth league title

The boys team is not the only swim team at YHS to have success. The girl's team has won the league championship the past seven consecutive years. SJM beat them in a close match, 97-82.

"Our girls team lost four school record holders from last year, and they will be hard to replace, but we still have a strong group of girls led by junior Julia McConville, who holds three school records," Brokaw said.

The foursome who graduated and their school records are Emma Madsen (200 and 400 free relay - 1:46.84, 3:51.33), Tori Ellsworth (200 free and 200 medley - 1:58.90), Kayla Davis (50 free - 26.15, 200 and 400 freestyle relays, 200 medley relay), and Savanaugh Wagner (400 free relay).

Against SJM, individual first place finishes were recorded by Haley Clark (200 and 500 free - 2:16, 6:12.86), Nicole Tapia (299 IM - 2:46.59), McConville (50 and 100 free - 28.86, 58.08).

Brokaw said the diving team is also looking good this season.

"Coach Sallie West has senior Dillan Masai back from last year and new divers freshman Joel Bradshaw and junior Jordyn Ahrens and others excelling on the board," Brokaw said.

Both Ahrens and Masai placed second in the girls' and boys 1 meter event against SJM.

The team will be at Hoover on March 18 and will host Bullard at 3:30 p.m. on March 21.

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