10th consecutive title for Badgers, four first place medals for Kudela

The Yosemite High School boys swimming team have won another North Sequoia League Championship - its 10th consecutive.

The Badgers scored 571 points at the league meet held at Yosemite May 8 - with Kerman coming in a distant second with 328 points. Rounding out the finishers were Dos Palos (273), Chowchilla (207), Sierra (170), and Firebaugh (127).

Phillip Kudela won two individual events and was on two winning relay teams. He won the 200 (1:40.48) and 500 yard (4:59.13) freestyle races, and was a member of the winning 200 free and 400 free relay teams. Yosemite (Kudela, Owen Bassett, Trevor Wood, Aaron Mulkey) won the 200 relay in 1:35.03, and the 400 (Kudela, Chance Bendz, Bassett, Mulkey) in 3:29.76, 40 seconds ahead of the Kerman team. In the 500 free, Kudela beat second place finisher Ryan Jones of Dos Palos by almost a full minute.

Yosemite also won the 200 medley relay (Trevor and Travis Wood, Dylan Thacker, Bendz) in 1:51.72.

Additional first place finishes for Yosemite came from Trevor Wood (200 individual medley - 2:22.38), twin brother Travis Wood (100 backstroke - 1:06.07), Aaron Mulkey (50 freestyle - 23.12), and Ben Johnson (1 meter diving).

Coach Brandon Brokaw said he was excited his boys team kept its string of league championships intact.

“I’m already looking forward to next year,” Brokaw said. “We have some really good swimmers coming back and a strong group of freshman boys who are going to be very good.”

Brokaw was the recipient of the ceremonial ice water shower from his team after Yosemite was named NSL Champions.

The girls team placed second in the meet with 488 points, 35 points behind league champs Kerman, ending the eight year championship streak for the Lady Badgers. Third place went to Chowchilla (237), followed by Dos Palos (198), Sierra (179), and Firebaugh (82).

Julia McConville won two individual events and was on the first place 200 freestyle relay team (1:52.73) with Kendra Tapia, Isabel McGoldrick, and Rose Curley.

McConville won the 200 free (2:09.77), and the 50 free (26.68). In the 200, McConville beat the second place Hannah Turner of Kerman by 10 seconds, and in the 50, she beat Brittney Jobinger of Kerman by 1.09 seconds.

Winning individual events for the girls team were Clara Briley (1 meter diving), and Curley in the 100 butterfly (1:09.71).

“It was hard to lose the girls title, but we will build around the good core group that we have coming back next year,” Brokaw said.

North Sequoia League Championship Swim Meet

Download: PDF copy of results

Download: PDF copy of scores

- Staff Report