Yosemite High swim coach Brandon Brokaw named freshman Randi Johnson and sophomore Bryce Talbot ‘swimmers of the meet’ after the Badgers boys and girls teams defeated Sierra 133-35, and 136-40, respectively, in the opening North Sequoia League meet.
Johnson placed first in the girls varsity 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:38.11, and placed second in the 200 yard freestyle in 2:29.81 behind senior Rose Curley (2:19.37).
Johnson was also a member Yosemite’s 200 (2:08.77) and 400 (4:57.59) freestyle relay teams that finished third. Two Yosemite teams won those races - the team of Madelyn Noonkester, Isabel McGoldrick, Lily Kuykendall, and Curley won the 200 in 2:00.58, and Kaily Neal, Katherine Bayt, Calissa Crumpton, and Noonkester won the 400 in 4:59.58.
Johnson, who is also a member of the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, is one of three freshman, along with Geep Cummings and Joe Dudley, swimming on the varsity team this season - a girls team that has won the NSL eight out of the past nine years, and the boys team that has won 10 consecutive league titles.
Talbot dropped his time in the 500 freestyle by a minute and 15 seconds (6:29.05) with his third place finish behind teammates Cummings (6:13.54) and Hunter Duke (5:35.49). He also improved his time in the 100 breaststroke with his fifth place finish (1:22.74). Yosemite’s Dylan Thacker won the event with a time of 1:13.77.
Talbot was also a member of of Yosemite’s winning 400 freestyle relay team of Travis Wood, Duke, and Cummings.
As a freshman Talbot moved back and forth last season between the JV and the varsity team.
“This year Bryce is a real sold varsity swimmer,” Brokaw said.
The Yosemite boys swept the diving competition with Justin Talley, Ben Johnson, and Tyer Gails placing first, second, and third.
For the boys, Yosemite’s Trevor Wood took first place in the 200 yard freestyle, eking out a close victory over fellow Badger Hunter Duke with a time of 2:05.02 over Duke’s 2:05.45.
Wood, along with his brother Travis, also won first and second respectively in a tight 100 yard butterfly finish (1:04.68, 1:04.70), while Yosemite’s Owen Bassett barely beat Badger Jayden Malcolm in the 50 yard freestyle at 24.22 over Malcom’s 24.43.
For the girls, Yosemite’s Rose Curley and Kaily Neal claimed victory in two events each. Curley scored wins in the 200 freestyle (2:19.37) and 100 butterfly (1:09.98) while Neal took first in the 200 individual medley (2:45.10) and 100 breaststroke (1:25.89).
The Yosemite boys and girls cleared out all three relay events, with Badger wins across the board.
Yosemite’s Olivia Mattos won the girl’s diving event, with Badger Justin Talley taking first in boys diving.
The next meet for the Badgers is at home vs Dos Palos, with JV beginning at 3 p.m.