Badgers swimmers easily defeat Dos Palos

Yosemite High swimmers continued their dominance in the North Sequoia League on April 7 at home as the boys team defeated Dos Palos 123-56, and the girls team won 105-70.

The teams, both 2-0 in league, will host Firebaugh on April 14. The boys team has won 10 consecutive league titles and the girls team has won the championship in eight of the past nine years.

After the meet, Coach Brandon Brokaw named senior Rebekka Nielson as Yosemite’s “Swimmer of the Meet.”

Nielson improved her time considerably while placing third in 100 yard butterfly (1:18.91) behind Beth Wilson of Dos Palos (1:04.49), and teammate Rose Curley (1:08.5) - and second in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:25.44). That was 1.53 seconds behind Kiley Pastori of Dos Palos, and ahead of sophomore teammate Lauren Wharton (1:30.84).

Other notable swimmers in the meet were freshman Randi Johnson, sophomore Lauren Wharton, senior Jayden Malcolm, and sophomore Tyler Asis.

Yosemite’s Justin Talley placed first in the boys diving competition with teammate Tyler Gails taking second. Yosemite’s Olivia Mattos won the girls diving event.

Sunnyside Sprit Meet

Yosemite participated in the April 9 Sunnyside Sprint Meet, named because the events are sprints of 25 and 50 yards and four-person relay races are just 100 yards, so each member of the team swims 25 yards.

Brokaw named Tyler Asis and sophomore Ben Johnson “Swimmers of the Meet.”

Johnson, who primarily dives for the Badgers, placed second in the 25 yard breaststroke.

Asis made the finals in all three of his events - placing second in the JV 100 IM (1:08.46), and third in the JV 25 butterfly (13.58).

Yosemite’s 100 medley relay team of Travis Wood, Dylan Thacker, Owen Bassett, and Jayden Malcolm placed fourth with a time of 50.61.

Bassett placed fifth in the 25 butterfly, while freshman Randi Johnson placed second in the girls JV 50 backstroke in 35.64.