Yosemite High School sent 15 swimmers from its North Sequoia League championship boys and girls teams to the CIF Central Section D-II Championship meet May 16 and 17 at Bakersfield College's William A. Wheeler Aquatic Complex.
The highest finish by a Yosemite swimmer at the meet was junior Phillip Kudela, placing second in the 500 yard freestyle in a school record time of 4:54.11. His time broke the previous school record of 4:58.48, set by his brother Wes in 2011. Kudela, a junior, also placed fourth in the 200 IM in 2:08.60.
Julia McConville also set a school record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.02, good enough for fourth in the event. The old mark of 26.12 was set in last year by Kayla Davis. McConville also placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (57.92).
Senior Jeff Foster had an great final swim in the 100 butterfly (54.57), finishing fourth and just missing the YHS record (54.35) by a few tenths of a second.
Rose Curley (200 IM-16th and 100 butterfly-11th), Jared Wood (100 back-15th), and Aaron Mulkey (50 freestyle-16th and 100 freestyle-15th) swam fast enough at Friday's preliminary meet in order to qualify as a top 16 finalist for Saturday's competition. Swimmers, placing first in their events on Friday earned a spot in Saturday's Championship heat. Those placing ninth earned a spot in the consolation heat.
In addition to the notable YHS individual performances, five out of the six Badger relay teams that were entered into the meet qualified for the top eight championship heat, allowing those swimmers to earn medals for their relay teams.
The boys 200 medley relay (1:44.66 6th) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:24.52 8th) teams consisting of Jared Wood, Kudela, Foster, and Mulkey just missed the YHS team record in each of those two relays by about two seconds. The YHS record for the 200 medley relay is (1:43.17) and the 400 freestyle relay is (3:22.31).
Additional Badger swimmers who participated in the meet were Haley Clark, Oliver Curley, Jaden Malcom, Malory Meiss, Kimiko Smith, Kendra Tapia, Nicole Tapia, Travis Wood, and Trevor Wood.
Tulare won the boys division with 266 points followed by Kingsburg (237), Edison (214), Central Valley Christian (196), Central (157), Yosemite (126), Highland (118), Exeter )117), Corcoran (115), and Reedley (104).
Kingsburg won the girls division with 335 points, followed by Monache (213), Bakersfield Christian (203), Tulare Western (151), Highland (150), Hanford (123), Tulare (118), Exeter (99), Edison (96), and Yosemite (81).
"I was very happy with the way our swimmers competed this weekend," said Coach Brandon Brokaw. "I am excited about the future of our program too because only three of the 15 swimmers that qualified for this CIF Championship meet are seniors."