Monarchs tie in battle for title

By Andrea Camarena

With a League Title dangling in front of them, Exeter and Kingsburg tied 93-93 in a dual swim meet on Friday, April 13 in Exeter.

As the undefeated Monarchs and the undefeated Vikings entered the final event of a dual Central Sequoia League swim meet, Kingsburg led by 2 points.

The Lady Monarchs needed a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay to boost their score to 93 and the Exeter team of Christy Lewis, Zandra Mitchell, Victoria Whitendale and Tiffany Brummet delivered.

The Exeter relay team took first place in 4:17.03 to beat out Kingsburg's A team who finished close behind in 4:17.64.

Kingsburg's B team took third place in the same event, collecting the final 2 points of the meet and bringing the score to a tie at 93 points.

Kingsburg and Exeter are now tied in first place with Immanuel trailing a safe distance in third place.

The Monarchs started out strong in their home meet against Kingsburg and eventually won six events.

Sam Goates, Sarah Nail, Megan Eppler and Kellie Goodwin opened with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. They finished in 1:59.06 to defeat Kingsburg's time - 2:01.69.

Eppler swam to victory again in the second event; the 200-yard freestyle. She finished in 2:04.43 to defeat Kingsburg's Kelly Learn's 2:11.57.

Kingsburg won the 200 individual medley but Exeter scored big with Brummet, Lewis and Nail all placing for points.

Exeter came up big again in the 50 free where Goates took first in 24.96.

Eppler took her second individual win of the night in the 100 fly. She finished in 1:01.05. Lewis and Katie Hammerslagh placed third and fifth to contribute points.

Goates blew away the competition in the 100 free. She finished in 55.84 to take first ahead of Kingsburg's Monica Heredia's 1:01.87 performance. Mitchell and Whitendale followed in fourth and fifth.

Kingsburg won the 500 free, 200 free relay, the 100 back and the 100 breast while Exeter added 9 points with Sierra Edward's first place dive performance.

Exeter and Kingsburg will face off again in the all-league meet on Friday, May 4 to decide who will take the Central Sequoia League Title.

In the boy's meet, Kingsburg dominated for a 57-112 win over the Monarchs. Exeter took wins in the four events. Nick Jones took first place for Exeter in the 50 free with a 23-43 time.

Jones went on to finish the 100 free in 53.43 for another first place performance.

Exeter's AJ Reid proved his endurance strength with a 5:33.00 finish for first place in the 500 free.

Reid and Jones teamed up with Mike Safina and Tyler Jacobus to win the 400 free relay in 3:54.720 bumping Exeter's score up to 57.

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