Kudela gets two firsts at section swim meet

Lead by senior Phillip Kudela, members of the Yosemite High School swim team turned in some great performances at the CIF D-II Central Section Championships at Central High May 16.

Kudela won the 500 yard freestyle with a school record time (4:42.21), and was second in the 200 Individual Medley with another school record (2:00.19). The old record in the 500 free was 4:45.11, set in 2014 by Kudela. The old 200 IM record was 2:01.74, set by Ian Whalley in 2012.

He was also on the 400 freestyle relay team with fellow senior Aaron Mulkey, and sophomores Owen Bassett, and Jayden Malcolm that placed second and broke the school record set in 2008, with a time of 3:22.24.

“The 400 freestyle relay record was something we were talking about all season,” Coach Brandon Brokaw said. “We thought we had a chance at it, but it was going to be a challenge. We beat that record on the last race of the season and it was a great way to end it.”

The Badger boys team placed tenth out of 33 schools at the championship meet with 111 points. Kingsburg won the boys meet with 232 points.

Yosemite’s 200 freestyle relay team (Kudela, Bassett, Mulkey, Chance Bendz) placed sixth (1:33.82).

Malcomb was also in the finales in the 200 freestyle (14th), and Mulkey swam in the 50 (11th), and 100 (19th) freestyle.

Prior to the section meet, the Yosemite boys team won the North Sequoia League Championship for the 10th consecutive year. After eight consecutive NSL titles, the girls team placed second behind Kerman this year.

For the Lady Badgers, Julia McConville placed sixth in the 200 freestyle (2:05.29), and seventh in the 50 free (26.14). Rose Curley placed 13th in the 200 IM. The girls placed 23rd at the meet.

“It was a good year for Badger swimming,” said Coach Brandon Brokaw. “We had to deal with some adversity this season with some injuries and a lot of cold weather but our swimmers were tough and worked hard, proved by the results at the section meet. really good results. We had some great swims at the meet.”