By Andrea Camarena

The eels sped past the Visalia Seahawks in their first meet of the season. Then, they brought down the Porterville Neptunites to open up their winning streak. The Tulare Sharks and Woodlake Tiger Sharks fell next. Lindsay, Fowler and Sanger all met their match when they faced Exeter's winning team. And on July 7, the Eels took a 664-437 win over the Porterville Hurricanes to make it a perfect season. The undefeated Eels dominated in every age group with the help of an extraordinarily large team.

In their final meet of the Central Valley Recreational Swim League, regular season, the Eels beat both the Hurricanes' boys and girls teams by more than 100 points each. At the end of the meet, over 75 of the Eels swimmers qualified for the time trials meet on July 16 in Coalinga.

At the time trials, swimmers who placed in the top 24 places of each event continue on to the league finals in Sanger on July 23.

Nearly all of Exeter's swimmers made it into the top 24 finish time in each event to send a large team on to the league finals.

In the oldest age group, 15 to 18 year olds, Exeter's Makenda Hill and Tricia D'orazio took second and third places in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 27.26 and 27.42. Kellie Goodwin and McKenzie Hurick will also advance to the finals in the event taking 10th and 13th places. In the boys 50-yard event, Eels Nick Jones, Brett Turner, Mark Veldhuizen and Nicholas Eppler all made it in the top 15 places to move on. Jones made the best time on the team, 24.98, to take fourth place.

In the medley relay, the Eels 8 and under girls (the team's youngest group), took first place out of 11 relay teams with a time of 1:27.11. Rebecca Wright, Sydney Cabrera, Abby Mendonca and Katie Conely made up the winning Eels team A. The Eels B team will also advance to the finals with a 100-yard medley time of 1:37.02 for a fifth place finish. In the boys medley relay, the Eels A team of Bryce Hurick, Robbie Brisco, Lane Shuler and Jason Matkin took third place in 1:30.35. The Eels B team took sixth place to advance as well.

In the next age group, the 9-10 year old boys, both Exeter's A and B teams qualified for finals by taking fourth and ninth places. In the girls race, the Eels A team took first with Taylor Goates, Brooke Cavanagh, Shanti Matkin and Jordyn Hylton finishing in 1:12.72. The Eels B team took eighth place with a time of 1:24.24.

In the 11- to 12-year-old medley relays, the female Eels A team took third place in 2:24.49 while their B team came in 11th in 2:49.32. The boys took first place with Jonathan Castellow, Ryan Fultz, AJ Reid and Mitchell Gosvener finishing in 2:12.93. The B team took third scoring a time of 2:47.29. For the 13-14 year olds, the girls took fifth place in 2:27.22 while the boys took fourth in 2:24.90.

In the 15-18 medley event, the Exeter boys finished in first place with Daniel Munsch, Brett Turner, Nick Jones and Nicholas Eppler finishing in 1:59.48. The lady Eels finished in second place scoring a time of 2:05.99.

Other first place Eels for the meet included Richard Hamilton who completed the boys 6 and under 25-yard freestyle in 23.55; Alisa Carstens, 10, who finished the 25-yard freestyle in 14.26 seconds and Jonathan Castellow, 11, who completed the 50-yard freestyle in 28.12 seconds. Tricia D'Orazio, 16 and Daniel Munsch, 17, both took first in their 100-yard freestyle races.In the 50-yard backstroke, Christopher Veldhuizen, 12 finished first scoring a time of 36.69.

Robie Reid, 10, Alisa Carstens, 10, Robi Reid, 10, Shayla Hill, 12, Makenda Hill, 15 and Munsch all took first in their 100-yard individual medley races.

The Eels will now go on to compete in the CVRSL final on Saturday, July 23 in Sanger.

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