The Yosemite High boys swim team remained undefeated in the North Sequoia League by beating Chowchilla at home April 30, 133-42, and coming back two days later to beat Kerman, 136-47.
And while the boys team has had an undefeated season in league, the girls team lost its first league meet in nearly 10 years, 114-69, to Kerman, after beating Chowchilla 129-49. The loss ends the girls eight year league title winning streak.
“Losing our first girl’s dual meet in league in nearly a decade was tough,” said Coach Brandon Brokaw. “The girls that are in the water are doing their job, they are working hard and getting better but unfortunately we lost several swimmers from last year. Also, Kerman is doing a really good job of building up their program.”
The boys team continues its quest for its ninth consecutive league title.
“Our boys team is looking really strong heading into the championship meets here at the end of the season,” Brokaw said. “We have a nice mix of top end speed and depth. Our boys are undefeated in league going into this Friday’s league meet.”
Against Chowchilla, Yosemite swept the 50 yard freestyle race with Aaron Mulkey (22.99), Phillip Kudela (23.07), and Chance Bendz (24.81), finishing first, second, and third, respectively. Yosemite also went one, two, three in the 500 freestyle with Jayden Malcolm (5:41.77), Dylan Thacker (5:56.64), and Tim Conley (6:01.84) finishing ahead of Chowchilla’s Ayden Garcia, who was 48 seconds off Malcolm’s first place time.
The Wood brothers, Trevor (1:04.08), and Travis (1:05.48), finished one-two in the 100 backstroke, with Peter McLean finishing third in 1:07.70.
Yosemite won all three relay races.
For the girls team, the meet started off with a sweep of the 200 freestyle by Julia McConville (2:09.13), Anna Maria Luther (2:39.07), and Brianna McCully (2:39.29). McConville also won the 50 freestyle in 26.02. In that event, Kendra Tapia placed second (28.98), and Isabel McGoldrick took third (30.06).
Rose Curley won two events - the 100 butterfly (1:08.94), and 100 backstroke (1:17.83).
Like the boys team, the girls easily won all three relay races.
In their win over Kerman, the boys team swept the 500 yard freestyle race with Jayden Malcolm (5:46.43), Dylan Thacker (6:02.42), Tim Conley (6:05.88), Hunter Drake (6:18.34) all finishing first, second, third and fourth, respectively. They also finished first and second in the 200 freestyle, the 200 freestyle individual medley, 500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and the 400 freestyle relay.
Phillip Kudela won four events - two individual and two team - including the 100 butterfly (57.71) and the 200 individual medley (2:08.96).
The girl’s team finished the meet with six first place finishes - four individual and two team - including a first by Rose Curley in the 100 yard butterfly (1:08.66) and Kendra Tapia in the 500 freestyle(6:23.52).
Julia McConville finished first in both the 50 freestyle (26.33) and the 100 freestyle (57.36). The team finished first and second in the 200 freestyle.
The league meet starts at 9 a.m. Friday at YHS.
Kudela and McConville break records
Two Badger swimming record have been beaten recently.
Senior Phillip Kudela improved his own record in the 500 yard freestyle (4.51) at the recent Clovis West Invitational. His old record was 4:54. He had a very fast time (4:41.06) in mid-April at the University of Washington’s Husky Invitational, although that time does not qualify for a school record.
On April 30, in Kingsburg, senior Julia McConville broke her old record of 57.38 in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.54. She also holds the girls school record in the 50 freestyle (25.91), which she hopes to break by the end of the season.
McConville holds two more school records as a member of two relay teams. She swam last year on the 200 freestyle relay team, and holds a school record in the 400 freestyle relay.
- Staff Report