Yosemite swimmers easily defeat Firebaugh

Yosemite High School’s boys and girls swim teams easily dunked the Eagles of Firebaugh in a non-league meet April 14 at the Harry Baker Swim complex.

The girls team won 133-29, while the boys team was even more dominant, winning 139-11.

Eagle swimmer Rosalynne Dedmon was the only winner for Firebaugh out of more than 20 events, with a time of 28.70 in the girls 50 yard freestyle over Yosemite’s Lily Kuykendall, who finished .13 seconds behind Dedmon with a time of 28.83.

In the girls 100 yard freestyle, Rose Curley won in 1:01.33, followed by Kykendall’s 1:03.05.

Other Yosemite varsity girls winners included freshman Randi Johnson (200 freestyle - 2:30.90), Rebekka Nielson (100 butterfly - 1:20.39), Katherine Bayt (500 freestyle - 7:06.32), and Kaily Neal (100 backstroke - 1:15.99 and 100 breaststroke - 1:22.96).

For the boys, Yosemite’s Owen Bassett bested fellow Badger Jayden Malcolm in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.48 to Malcolm’s 24.87.

Other boys winners for the Badgers included Malcolm (500 freestyle - 5:27.79), Travis Wood (100 butterfly - 1:03), brother Trevor Wood (200 freestyle - 2:01.68), Peter McLean (100 backstroke - 1:04.02), and Ethan McCully (100 breaststroke - 1:17.98).

Yosemite teams won every relay event.

In diving, Yosemite’s Olivia Mattis won the girls competition, and Benjamin Johnson winning the boys diving event.

Clovis West Meet

The Yosemite swim teams participated in the highly competitive Clovis West Invitational Swim Meet April 15 and 16, featuring about 50 teams and 1,500 swimmers from throughout Central California.

Top finishers for the Badgers were Lily Kuykendall, third in the JV 50 freestyle (28.4), and seventh in the 100 free (1:03.74) - Randi Johnson sixth in the JV 500 freestyle (6:26.01), and Natalie Bates tenth in the 200 butterfly (1:23.66).

The girls JV 200 medley relay team (Corina Lusk, Erika Kerns, Randi Johnson, Lily Kuykendall) placed twelfth with a time of 2:24.75.

The Badgers returned to league meets against Kingsburg Tuesday, at Kerman April 21, and at Chowchilla April 28.