Yosemite High School’s boys varsity swim team defeated the swimmers of Reedley High last week, while both the girls varsity and girls JV teams lost by slim margins.
The boys team, led by Travis Wood, Owen Bassett, Dylan Thacker, and Jayden Malcolm with a dominant 200 yard medley relay win, won 126-41 while the girls varsity team lost a close match, 91-85.
The girls JV team fell 79-71. Reedley did not have a boys JV team.
In the 200 medley, Wood, Thacker, Bassett and Malcolm finished with a time of 1:37.24
In the girls 200 medley, Yosemite fielded three teams, bested by that of Kendra Tapia, Kaily Neal, Rose Curley, and Isabel McGoldrick who finished with 2:16.98, over the next closest relay team of 2:27.46 in Yosemite’s Nikki Johnson, Brianna McCully, Madelyn Noonkester, and Katherine Bayt.
In the 200 freestyle varsity, Owen Bassett took first with a time of 2:00.83, while Reedley’s Emily Milton led the girls at 2:11.13 to Tapia’s 2:23.20.
Hunter Duke posted a Badger time of 2:32.70 in the 200 yard IM, Reedley’s Noah Haworth won in the 50 yard freestyle (23.74), and Yosemite’s Travis Wood was quickest in the 100 yard butterfly (1:02.95). Bassett again led the Badgers in the 100 yard freestyle (52.03), while Trevor Wood took second in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:17.38), and Malcolm was best in the 500 yard freestyle (5:34.90).
The first North Sequoia League meet starts 3 p.m. March 31, as the Badgers host Sierra High School.
“A lot of our swimmers are club swimmers with the Yosemite Marlins in the off-season, and they have all gotten faster,” said Coach Brandon Brokaw. “We look strong for league.”
The boys varsity team has its sights on winning an 11th consecutive NSL title, while the girls team is looking to score its 9th league win in 10 seasons.