Swimming: 22 Cardinal swimmers get personal best times in 147-124 win over Woodlake


By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

LINDSAY – The Cardinals have not let their lack of experience deter them from having success in the pool. Dedication, accompanied with hard work, has led to victories for the team. On Thursday, April 12, they defeated the Woodlake Tigers by a score of 147-124 at home.

“This was a good meet for us considering we were missing some of our key swimmers,” said Lindsay’s head coach Brandi Zike. “We’ve had a few kids really step up and swim events that they usually don’t.” Having so many swimmers out for other school functions was the reason Zike moved around so many athletes.

Woodlake’s numbers were depleted as well. Woodlake had more wins on the evening. But the ability of the Cardinal swimmers to fill other positions propelled them to the win. They had consistently strong second and third place finishes across the board. On occasion, they even broke through and won.

“We have a large number of new swimmers challenging themselves by stepping up and swimming those more challenging events,” Zike said.

For the boys, the Cardinals won 66-50 over the Tigers. Gustavo Arredondo was the only multiple individual male winner for Lindsay in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The latter of the events was the only one where a Tiger was in the field. At no point in the race did Arredondo trail. Instead, as the race progessed, he continued to build on a three-second lead at the end of the first 25 yards. He finished with a time of 1:03.77.

Arredondo swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay team as well. He, along with Steven Wilcoxson, Luis Valdez, and Jose Escobar won the race with a time of 1:57.42.

On the girls’ side, Lindsay defeated Woodlake 81-74. Kaylee Lara was the only winner for the Cardinals in the 200-yard freestyle. She edged Woodlake’s Charlotte Lira by a second with a time of 3:05.62.

While, it seems to be a victory by sheer numbers, the Cardinals had some personal wins against the clock. Out of their total number of swimmers, 22 of them set personal records. One of them came in the longest race of the event, the woman’s 500-yard freestyle. Alexis Leon, who was only swimming in the event for the second time in her career, clocked a winning time of 8:21.42.

Woodlake’s Lauren Little led the meet. She had the most wins of any swimmer with a total of four. Two of those came during individual events in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. The other two wins came on relay teams during the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay.

The closest finish was in individual freestyle event between Little and Leon. Little clocked a winning time of 28.27 seconds with Leon four seconds behind.

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