Badger swimmers sink Sierra and Hoover

The Yosemite High School boys and girls swimmers exhibited their strength last week in the first tri-meet ever held at YHS, defeating mountain rival Sierra and Fresno’s Hoover High.

The boys varsity team crushed Sierra 139 - 34, and beat Hoover 101 - 82. The girls team easily out-swam Sierra 131 - 34, and Hoover 124 - 59.

The meet was a turn-up for the North Sequoia League opening meet at 4 p.m. March 26, with Yosemite hosting Sierra. The Badger boys are looking for their 10th consecutive league championship and the lady badgers have plans to notch its ninth consecutive league title.

Badger highlights from the tri-meet included sophomore Owen Bassett winning the 50 yard freestyle (24.58), and the 100 free (54.47), more than two seconds ahead of Hoover swimmer Jonathan Travis.

Bassett was also a member of the first place 400 freestyle relay team (3:29.47) with Aaron Mulkey, Jaden Malcolm, and Phillip Kudela, who beat the second place team from Hoover by nine seconds. The race decided who would win the meet, as Yosemite and Hoover were tied going into the last event of the meet. Kudla had the fastest leg in the race (50.37).

Bassett was also a member, along with teammates Dylan Thacker, and the Wood brothers, Travis and Trevor, who placed second in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.88, a half second behind Hoover.

Kudela won won the 200 individual medley (2:09.98), and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.85). Kudela and Bassett were the only two Badgers to win two events.

Mulkey, a senior, won the 200 freestyle (1:56.77), and sophomore Malcolm placed second (1:59.74). Mulkey also has a second place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:27.41).

“That was a personal best for Jaden (Malcom) and Aaron (Mulkey), and both times are really good for being this early in the season,” Coach Brandon Brokaw said.

Yosemite senior Julia McConville led the girls team by winning the 500 freestyle (5:53.12), and swimming legs on the winning 200 medley relay (2:15.08) team (Kailey Neal, Kendra Tapia, Rose Curley), and the 200 yard freestyle relay(1:52.33) team (Sierra Sosa, Curley, Tapia).

In addition to her contributions to the two winning relay teams, Curley, a junior, won the 100 backstroke (1:24.20).

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