KINGSBURG -- The Seawolves swim team won its 21st-straight Central Valley Recreation Swimming League title on July 16 in Porterville.

The team took the title with a combined score of 1732.5. The girls contributed with 940 points while the boys totaled 792.5. 

Kingsburg had contributions from all age groups, starting with the 6-and-under swimmers, which brought a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle relay (1:51.51). The relay team was made of Brylie Jackson, Maddoxx Spomer, Bella Navarrette and Marlee Hard, who also finished first in the 25-yard backstroke (24.59). 

The Seawolves had another fourth-place finish in the 8-and-under 100-yard-freestyle relay (1:17.25). Callie Waldner, Jade Perez, Reagan Iriart and Addison Jost made up the relay team.  

The Seawolves were led by first-year head coach Kyler Marcelino. He said he wasn't expecting to win the title in his first year, but the focus was on having fun.

"I just wanted them to learn swimming and enjoy it," he said. "We actually didn't keep score until the last four events. Then we were like 'we might win it.' I actually didn't think we would win. It's a great surprise."

The boys 6-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay team came in first for Kingsburg (1:39.99). The team included Logan Huckabay, Isaak Ensz, Eli Alvarez and Paxton Palomar, who also finished first in the 25-yard freestyle (19.91). 

Jace Alvarez, James Ergo, Koen Ensz  and Lucas Huckabay brought a third-place finish in the 8-and under 100-freestyle relay (1:13.80). Lucas Huckabay added a first-place finish in the 25-yard- freestyle (14.41). 

Kingsburg's 9-10 age group had a first-place finish in the girls 100-yard freestyle relay (54.93).  Drew Johnston, Sienna Abernathy, Kaylee Pallares and Sydnee Wilson brought the first-place finish. 

In the boys 9-10 25-yard freestyle, Trent Regier finished first (13.56). Kingsburg's other first-place finisher in the 9-10 age group was William Butts, who finished the 25-yard backstroke with a time of 18.05. 

Rachel Just, Alyson Johnson, Kaydence Nieblas and Nadia Garabedian teamed up for a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay of the 11-12 age group. Nadia Garabedian also took first in the 50-yard freestyle (26.75).  

In the girls 13-14 200-yard freestyle relay, Lilly Hodges, Emma Koons, Victoria Palomar and Amanda Garabedian took third. 

"The kids all out-performed themselves. We had some first-time swimmers who made it all the way to the finals," Marcelino said.

Donovan Adair, 10, was one of the first-time swimmers this season.

"He didn't know how to swim at all coming into the season," Marcellino said. "Within two months, he finished [in the] top eight, which is awesome." 

Kingsburg's 15-18 girls finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:48.95). The team included Audrey Waddle, Jessica Burch-Konda, Madison Pallares and Olivia Garabedian. 

Olivia Garabedian, age 16, had one of her best performances of the day in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing second with a time of 56.06. Her teammates Madison Pallares and Audrey Waddle finished sixth and seventh in the same race. Garabedian also had a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (25.86.)

Chase Canterbury, 16, led the boys in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing third with a time of 50.21. Canterbury also joined Callen Brueing, Brooks Kinney and Satoshi Shinkawa in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where they took first (1:34.24). 

Marcellino, who lives in Visalia, hopes to return to the Seawolves next year.

"I brought a lot coaches with me from Visalia, and if it's the same board next year, it's worth making the 20-minute drive," he said. "We had a great board this year."

Marcellino plans to improve the team's recruitment process for next year.

"We didn't recruit early enough this year," he said. "Last year's numbers were about 250. This year was 170. We won on a shoestring team. There were bigger teams. I think with a larger team, we're going to get more talent out here." 

If you would like to reach this reporter contact tkassahun@selmaenterprise.com

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