BAKERSFIELD, California, May 23. THE California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Division 1 Championships May 16-18 did not start out quite as Clovis West High School had envisioned. In the first event, the 200 medley relay, the girls quartet was disqualified and the boys finished fourth to Stockdale's winning 1:36.03.
That did not stop the Eagles, however, from soaring to the girls' 17th consecutive championship and the boys won for the 15th straight season. The girls squad collected 360 points to Clovis' 345. Buchanan placed third (258), followed by Clovis North (235) and Sanger (209). The boys put together 408 points for their victory, with Clovis second (368.5), Buchanan third (251), Stockdale fourth (181) and Centennial (162.5).
Clovis High took advantage of the Eagles' disqualification and captured the 200 medley relay in 1:51.30. Clovis West grabbed the freestyle relay titles with their 1:38.18 in the 200 free and 3:34.34 in the 400 free.
Frontier junior Jorie Caneta set the only girls record with her 1:02.37 clocking in the prelims of the 100 breast. She came back in finals to win in 1:02.89. Caneta's teammate, senior Chandler Bullman, posted a winning 58.54 in the 100 fly.
There were a couple of very close finishes in the girls races, both involving Clovis West swimmers who ended up winning the events. Junior Mary Brooks outtouched Clovis senior Hannah Harvey in the 50 free, 24.20 to 24.22. In the diving competition, sophomore Kelli Ann Funk earned first over Karlee Burks, a Centennial senior, by just 1-tenth of a point, 380.10 to 380.00.
Jillian Hatch began her high school career at Sanger with victories in both the 200 free (1:51.97) and 500 free (1:51.97). Two seniors finished out their high school swimming days by taking home first-place trophies: the Eagles' McKenna Fife in the 200 IM (2:06.48) and the 100 back (57.52), and Porterville's Matlyn Morris in the 100 free (52.37).
The Eagles were led by junior Justin Wright, who set the only division mark on the boys side with his 48.83 in the 100 fly. He added a victory in the 200 free (1:38.95). Clovis West ended the meet by placing first in the 400 free relay (3:09.27).
Eric Sande, a Stockdale senior, came very close to a division record in the 100 breast, finishing just 9-hundredths shy with his 56.09. Teammate Brock Bonetti, a junior, claimed the 100 back title in 50.74.
Clovis senior Scott Liddell was the only other double-event champion, putting up times in the 500 free of 4:38.16 and 1:53.45 in the 200 IM.
The boys 50 free finished the same way the girls event did–with a 2-hundreths difference between first and second. Buchanan senior Brent Teraoka finished just ahead of Porterville sophomore Kyle Grissom, 21.39 to 21.41.
Lemoore senior Colin Landweer led from start to finish and emerged victorious in the 100 free (46.31). Buchanan's Connor Cain put together a list of dives good for 390.20 points and first place.
Stockdale topped the field in the 200 medley relay (1:36.03), as did Clovis in the 200 free relay (1:26.01).