CLOVIS - The Kingsburg boys swim team will add another Valley title banner to it’s swim complex after winning it’s seventh-straight Central Section Division II championship at Clovis West on Saturday.
The boys finished as the top team in Division II and placed fourth overall behind Division I programs Clovis North (first place), Buchanan (second), and Clovis West (third).
The Vikings will also have representatives at the CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships at Clovis West this weekend.
Wyatt Ward will be the first Viking to qualify for the state meet as an individual since 2015. However, Ward will be the first swimmer in the program to compete in the fifth edition of the meet. The program’s last state qualifier, Emily Goodbar, did not swim in the 2015 meet due to an injury.
At the divisional meet, Ward qualified for state after breaking his own record in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of 57.01 seconds. His time was the second best in the event. The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the state meet.
Ward will also compete in the 200-yard freestyle relay event at the state meet with Jackson Huckaby, Jonas Huckaby, and Jacob Wilson. At the divisional meet, the relay team broke a new Division II and school record with a time of one minute, 26 seconds, and 90 tenths of a second (1:26.90) in the prelims. Ward, Wilson, Jackson Huckaby, and Jonas Huckaby finished fourth overall, but had the best time in Division II.
The previous Division II record was held by El Diamante, which set last year. The Vikings previous best time in program history was set in 1996.
For Selma, the Bears only state qualifier is diver Taylor Serna, who finished second overall in the event. Serna will be the first Selma competitor in the history of the state meet.
As a team, Selma’s girls finished as the runner-up in Division II behind Golden West. The Bears’ second place finish in the Valley meet is the highest in program history. Selma’s overall finish was 12th place.
Other notable performances for the Bears were in the 200-yard medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. In the 200 medley event, Claire Machao, Audrie Naranjo, Abi Baker, Julianna Colado finished seventh overall and set a new school record. In the 400 freestyle relay, Colado, Naranjo, Baker, and Tori Valdez finished 12th overall.
In the individual event, Bakers finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, and 12th overall in the 100 butterfly. Narjanjo finished 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke event.
Other notable swimmers from Kingsburg that performed well in individual events were Jonas Huckaby and Jackson Huckaby. Jonas Huckaby broke his own record in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:43.36. His time was good for fifth overall and first in Division II. In the 100-yard freestyle event, Jonas Huckaby broke another record with a time of 47.51 seconds, which was good for seventh overall and first in Division II. The previous record in the 100 freestyle event was set in 2005.
Jackson Huckaby missed two school records by one tenth of a second. He fell short of a program record in the prelims of the 200-yard individual medley where he finished with a time of 1:56.18. In the prelims of the 500-yard freestyle event, he finished at 4:44.16. In the medley relay, Jackson Huckaby finished sixth overall and third in Division II. In the 500 freestyle, he finish in eighth place and was second in Division II.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team (Jackson Huckaby, Jacob Peterson, Jacob Wilson, Jonas Huckaby) set a new school and Division II record with a time of 3:14.27. The school and division records were set by Kingsburg last year. The 400 freestyle relay team finished fourth overall and first in Division II.
On the girls side, the Vikings finished ninth in Division II.
The Central Section Divisional meet included teams in Divisions I and II, which was the first time all 87 schools were competing at the same time. Scores were kept separately for both divisions.
The CIF State swim and dive meet will begin with the girls diving finals on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.. The swimming prelims will take place later that day at 2:30 p.m. The second day of the meet will include the boys diving finals at 8:30 a.m. followed by the swimming finals at 2:30 p.m. The state meet will take place at Clovis West this weekend.
Josh Bennett qualifies for CIF Area, Kingsburg places second in league
HANFORD - Kingsburg’s Josh Bennett qualified for the CIF Area tournament after recording a score of 84 at the Central Sequoia League finals at Kings Country Club on April 29.
In the individual standings, Bennett also finished third in the league.
As a team, the Vikings finished second both at the tournament and in the league standings. Central Valley Christian placed first at the tournament and in the CSL standings. Kingsburg’s second place score in the finals was 466, which was 31 points behind CVC’s finish of 435.
Bennett competed at the CIF Area tournament at the at the River Island Golf Course in Porterville on Tuesday (after press time).
Kingsburg, Selma track teams compete at CSL finals
REEDLEY - The Kingsburg track and field program was a double winner at the CSL finals meet at the Immanuel Sports Complex on May 1.
The Vikings won the boys division with a score of 143, which was a 37 point margin of victory over second place Exeter. On the girls side, Kingsburg pull off a narrow two point victory over CVC. The Vikings first place score was at 94 while the Cavaliers finished second at 92.
Kalobe Jimenez was one the few Kingsburg athletes to win multiple events. The senior placed first in the 400 meter (51.95 seconds), 110 meter hurdle (14.83), and the 300 meter hurdle events (42.31).
Selma’s DeAndra McDaniel was a double winner in the long and triple jump events. McDaniel placed first in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet and 6 inches. In the triple jump, McDaniel recorded a mark of 44 feet and 2 ½ inches. His mark in the long jump is his personal best.
On the girl’s side, Mia Salinas was another Bears’ athlete that was a double winner. Salinas placed first in the 400 meter (58.36 seconds) and 300 meter hurdle (48.04) events.
Other league winners from Kingsburg include the 4x400 meter relay team that consists of Micah Spomer, Kyler Singer, Blake Spomer, and Eric Carrillo. That group of boys place first in the event with a time of 44.05 seconds. Blake Spomer placed first in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet.
On the girls side, Peyton Woods and Olivia Doyle won league championships for Kingsburg. Woods won the 200 meter event with a time of 26.79 seconds. Doyle place first in the high jump by jumping to a height of 5 feet and 3 inches.
Chris Rosas, who place first in the 800 meter event, was another league winner for Selma. Rosas won his event with a time of two minutes, 20 seconds, and 70 tenths of a second (2:20.70).
For many of those local athletes, the season will continue at the CIF Central Section East Area qualifier at Tulare Union High School today at 4 p.m.