DINUBA - The Selma and Kingsburg swim teams competed in the Central Sequoia League finals meet at Dinuba High School on April 24.
The Vikings won the boys and girls divisions, which are consecutive titles for both squads. For the boys, it was Kingsburg’s sixth-straight league title and the girls claimed its eighth CSL championship in a row.
On the girls side, the Bears finished 17 points behind Kingsburg’s first place score of 341.50 points. As for the boys, the Vikings recorded a total of 412.50 points, which was a 203.50 margin of victory for Kingsburg. The next closest score was 209 from Exeter.
For Selma, there were a trio of records broken in the girls division. The Bears 200 yard freestyle relay team of Tori Valdez, Audrie Naranjo, Abi Baker, and Julianna Colado set a new league and school record in the event with a time of 1 minute, 43 seconds and 83 tenths of a second. Colado set a new school record in the 100 yard freestyle event, coming out on top with a time of 55:25 seconds.
Colado, Baker, and Valdez also competed in the 400 yard freestyle relay event. Alongside Mya Lopez; Colado, Baker and Valdez placed first in the event with a time of 3:51.03.
Selma diver Taylor Serna set a new league and school record enroute to winning the girl’s diving competition. The senior’s first place score was 424.15 points, which was a 203.05 margin of victory over the second best finish.
For Kingsburg, league champions in the individual events include Jonas Huckaby, Jacob Peterson, Jacob Wilson, Wyatt Ward, Sofia Righetti, and Caoilinn Hardy.
Huckaby took home two gold medals after winning the 100 and 200 yard freestyle events. The senior set league records in both events. In the 100 yard freestyle, Huckaby finished with a time of 48.01 seconds. In the 200 yard freestyle, Huckaby’s record was set at 1:45. 62.
Peterson placed first in the boys 500 yard freestyle event. Righetti took home gold in the same event, but in the girls division. Wilson took home the gold for winning the 50 yard freestyle event and Ward finished first in the 100 yard backstroke.
Wyatt set a league record in his event with a time 58.50 seconds.
Hardy placed first in the 100 yard breastroke and 200 yard individual medley events.
League individual champions from Selma were Colado, Baker, and Lopez.
Colado and Baker each took home four gold medals including the ones earned in the 200 and 400 yard relays. Colado won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. Baker won the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke. Lopez was the champion of the 200 freestyle alongside being apart of the 400 yard freestyle relay team.
Colado, Baker, Valdez and Serna will compete in the Division I Valley meet. Other Bears qualifiers include Audrie Naranjo (100 yard breastroke, 200 individual medley, 400 freestyle relay), Claire Machado (100 yard backstroke, 200 medley relay), and Will Winter (500 yard freestyle). Winter is the only male competitor to advance to the Division I meet from Selma.
As for Kingsburg, the Vikings have a total of nine individual swimmers that will compete in the Valley meet. League winners Peterson, Ward, Wilson, Righetti, and Huckaby will compete at the meet.
Other Kingsburg competitors include Audrena Butts (100 yard butterfly), Nadia Garabedian (50 freestyle), Jillian Gipson (100 backstroke), and Jackson Huckaby (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle). All six of the Vikings relay teams (three boys, three girls) will also compete in the Valley meet.
The Central Section Division I meet will take place on Friday and Saturday at Clovis West High School.
SELMA - The Selma softball team defeated Immanuel High 21-5 in a mercy-shortened five inning Central Sequoia League game on Friday.
The Bears scored its 21 runs on 17 hits on a day where seniors were recognized pregame. The Eagles scored all its runs in the fifth inning.
Selma scored in every inning including an eight-run surge in the first. The Bears scored five runs in the second inning and four times each in the third and fourth.
Notable batting performances from Selma include Dom Trevino (2-for-4), Genesis Rodriguez (2-for-3, three RBIs), Chrissy Wallace (2-for-3), Ashley Paz (3-for-4) and Majenta Harper (2-for-3).
Alyssa Grijalva was the winning pitcher for the Bears.
The 16-point victory came two days after losing 7-1 to Exeter on the road.
Selma (16-8, 6-5 CSL) will conclude the regular season on the road against it’s rival Kingsburg (19-5-1, 7-3 CSL) on Thursday. The Bears dropped the first meeting 8-4 to the Vikings on April 3. As of press time, Selma is the No. 2 team in the Central Section Division III rankings, according to MaxPreps.