Badgers swimmers sink Kerman

Big day for Wood brothers

April 29, 2014 

Yosemite High boys and girls varsity swimmers went on the road April 24 to defeat Kerman, 123-62 and 94-89, respectively.

The boys team was led by the Wood brothers, senior Jared, and sophomore twins, Trevor and Travis, who combined for four first place finishes, five seconds, three thirds, and two fourths.

Jared was a member of two first place relay teams — the 200 yard medley (1:50.49) with Phillip Kudela, Jeff Foster, and Aaron Mulkey — and the 200 freestyle (1:39.76) with teammates Kudela, Mulkey, and Oliver Curley. Jared also had a first in the 100 backstroke (1:05.19), and a third place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:03.7).

Trevor teamed with Dylan Thacker, Tim Conley, and Phillip McLean for a fourth place finish in the 200 medley (2:05.05) and added a third place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with Jaden Malcolm, Phillip McLean, and Joel Bradshaw. Trevor also had a first place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:46.07), took second in the 200 yard individual medley (2:29.37), third in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.53), and second in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Travis had a fourth place finish as part of the 200 medley relay team, a second in the 200 IM (2:29.37), a second in the 100 backstroke (1:05.76), and a second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:54.47).

"I thought our boys were going to have a close meet, but our boys took care of business from the start and put the meet out of reach early," said Coach Brandon Brokaw. "We got first, second, and third in two of the first three events."

First place finishers included Mulkey (200 freestyle - 2:00.70), Kudela (200 IM - 2:19.77), Foster (50 freestyle - 23.93 and 100 butterfly - 1:00.43), and Matthew Springer (100 freestyle - 36.74).

In a much closer competition, the Badger girl's team had to win the last event of the day to squeak past Kerman.

"This was a tough meet," Brokaw said. "Our girls team was the underdog going into the meet based on previous times this season. We knew that we were going to have to get every point that we could to win this one. We were also missing swimmers because of the school play later that evening. Our two girls that were in the play offered to learn to dive so that they could try to get us some points before they left."

The girls meet eventually came down to the last relay of the night — the 400 yard freestyle.

"The team was down by two points so we had to get first and third to win, and the girls did just that, giving them the five point victory."

The first place team of Nicole Tapia, Curley Rose, Haley Clark, and Julia McConville finished the race in 4:07.04. The third place team was made up of Kendra Tapia, Isabel McGoldrick, Kayla Howell, and Sierra Sosa (4:28.46).

Yosemite's Chance McGee and Joel Bradshaw finished one-two in the 1 meter diving and Clara Briley and Kimiko Smith finished third and fourth for the girls.

Yosemite hosts the NSL Championship Meet at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 9.

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