All four Yosemite High swimming teams opened the season at home March 4 with wins over San Joaquin Memorial.
The boys varsity team, lead by juniors Jayden Malcolm, Owen Bassett, and sophomore Hunter Duke each with two fist place finishes, outscored Memorial 107-72, while the girls varsity team won 106-66.
The Yosemite boys JV team won 54-18, while the girls JV team dominated with a 115-20 win.
Yosemite’s boys varsity team has won 10 consecutive North Sequoia League championships.
The girls team placed second in the NSL championship meet last year with 488 points, 35 points behind league champs Kerman, ending the eight year championship streak for the Lady Badgers.
“We have one of our biggest teams this year with 56 swimmers and divers,” Coach Brandon Brokaw said. “It's great to see the participation rising again. We return 13 swimmers and divers that qualified for the D-II Valley Championships last year, along with a lot of new swimmers that are putting in the work and are improving really quickly.”
Malcolm won the 100 yard freestyle race (52:49), and the 200 freestyle (1:56.46) - Bassett placed first in the 50 free (23.84) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.0) - and Duke won the 100 backstroke (1:05.83) and the 500 freestyle (5:28.25).
Malcolm and Bassett were also members of two winning relay teams - the 200 medley (1:54.62) with juniors Peter McLean and Dylan Thacker, and the 400 freestyle (3:40.93) Duke and senior Trevor Wood.
Water polo and Basketball standout McLean also had a second place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:07.35), and Thacker placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.80), while Wood had a second place finish in the 100 fly (1:06.89).
For the YHS girls team, sophomore Corina Lusk was the only individual to have a first place finish - in the 100 backstroke in 1:30.30.
Senior Rose Curley had two second place finishes - in the 100 (1:02.66) and 200 (2:19.62) freestyle. She was also a member of two wining relay teams - the 400 free (4:27.72) with sophomores Lily Kuykendall and Lauren Wharton, and junior Kendra Tapia, and the 200 medley (2:14.74) with Tapia, Kuykendall, and junior Kaily Neal.