By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
VISALIA – The Golden West swim season is off to a strong start even if they did come in second place after scoring a 445 during their home tri-meet against the Centennial Golden Hawks and the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers.
The team which bested the Trailblazers were the Centennial Golden Hawks, who according to Golden West head coach Erin Lambert is ranked in the top 10 in all the central section.
“We had a lot of personal best times,” Lambert said. “Second overall is fine with us especially against Centennial, so we are excited.”
According to Lambert about 80 percent of their competitors swam personal best times.
Golden West’s girls 200-yard medley relay had the Blazers lone win in the pool. Swimming into third place in the first two disciplines. Myrna Waddle in the fly stroke was able to pull even with the Centennial leaders. Then Tabytha Rummage beat out Centennial’s Hannah Rice at the wall by less than a second.
Golden West clocked a winning time of 2:06.56.
Centennial was right behind at 2:07.14.
“Our girls overall this year are very strong,” Lambert said. “I am excited to see what is going to come of this group.”
The boys were close in a few races, but were never able to over come Centennial’s speed. One of the events was the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Both Cesar Maya and Jayden Cunningham had chances to capture a win for the Blazers’ boys.
Maya went out to a solid couple second lead through the first two legs, but began to fade as the race went on.
“He is an overall great swimmer,” Lambert said. “He can swim anything you put him in. He actually likes the IM which is rare.”
Cunningham on the other hand hung back until the freestyle portion, but was unable to make up much ground against Centennial’s Bui Hung.
Having good results against such a strong team has Lambert excited for what the season has in store for Golden West in the pool.
If one team held a slight edge over the other in who would bring home a West Yosemite League it would have to go to the girls side. A wide range of both sprinters and long distance has them in every event.
However, Lambert is not counting out her boys team, who might be able to overtake a El Diamante Miners team who is in a rebuilding year.
“Our girls have a real good chance, but our boys I am not sure yet,” Lambert said.