By Andrea Camarena

Exeter swimming made a big appearance at last week's Valley Championship meet.

The girls took ninth place with 117 points and watched a freshman swimmer make her mark in Monarch sports history.

Ninth grader Sam Goates became a high school All American as she swam into first place in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle events. Finishing the 100-yard in 57.92 and the 50-yard in 24.05, Goates is the first Exeter girl to claim two valley titles in swimming.

Exeter's leading swimmer now has three more seasons to continue growing and improving. Goates has been a leader all season and also competed well in the 100-yard freestyle. She was the league champion in the event this season. She also took Division II Valley titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke prior to this weekend's Valley meet at Clovis West.

At the Valley meet, the Monarchs also swam a personal best in the 200-yard Medley Relay. The Exeter girls team of Sam Goates, Megan Eppler, Tricia D'Orazio and Cassi Jones took third place with a finish time of 1:56.2. The time marked Exeter's best relay finish in 30 years.

Exeter's Megan Eppler pulled through to medal in her individual events at the Valley meet as well.

Eppler took third in the 200-yard individual medley finishing the race in 2:11.5. She followed it up with a fifth place finish in the lengthy 500-yard freestyle swim. She completed the race in 5:08.72. She took first place in both events at the Division II Valley championship meet on May 14 in Exeter.

The girls also competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Eppler, Goates, Cassi Jones and D'Orazio took 10th place in 3:52.78 minutes.

For the boys team, Exeter's Dustin Mitchell took fourth place in the 100-yard breast stroke race with a time of 1:00.48. The boys finished in 29th place with 15 points.

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