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Yosemite’s Randi Johnson breaks school 500 freestyle record

Yosemite High’s varsity 200 yard medley relay team members, from left, Kelsie Wasem, Samantha Rockey, Randi Johnson and Josiah Waltner. The team placed first April 12 against Firebaugh and second against Dos Palos on March 5 with a time of 2:09.55. Johnson set a new school record in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:37.64 on April 28 at the 51-school Clovis West Invitational.
Yosemite High’s varsity 200 yard medley relay team members, from left, Kelsie Wasem, Samantha Rockey, Randi Johnson and Josiah Waltner. The team placed first April 12 against Firebaugh and second against Dos Palos on March 5 with a time of 2:09.55. Johnson set a new school record in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:37.64 on April 28 at the 51-school Clovis West Invitational. Sierra Star

The Yosemite High boys swim team beat Dos Palos 59-57, while the girls team lost 80-63, March 5.

For the boys Josh Johnson had two first place finishes - in the 200 yard IM (2:15.05) and the 50 yard freestule (24:54).

Joe Dudley won the 500 freestyle for Yosemite(6:02.19) and Hunter Duke placed first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.66).

For the girls team, freshman Josiah Waltner won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:20.17 and was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team with Abigail Williams, Erin McCully and Randi Johnson, winning in 4:26.99.

Senior Samantha Rockey has a first in the 100 freestyle (1:00.82) and a second in the 200 IM (2:31.08).

Prior to the Dos Palos meet, Johnson broke the school record in the 500 freestyle in 5:37.64 on April 28 at the 51-team Clovis West Invitational. The old record, set in 2012 by then senior Becky Kremer, was 5:41.36.

“I’m super excited to have finally set this new record for the 500 free, it’s been my personal goal and I’ve been working for it since I was a freshman,” Johnson said after the meet. “I’d like to get it down another seven seconds before I graduate.”

Johnson has also set goals to break records this season in the 200 free and 100 fly. She is about 4-5 seconds off from each of them.

Her team goal is to break the 400 free relay record with teammates Sammie Rockey, Kelsie Wasem and Josiah Waltner, a mark they are very close to beating.

On April 12, the girls team beat Firebaugh 83-26 with the boys winning 73-29.

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