PHS boys swim way to victory, girls face narrow loss
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The Hilmar Yellow jackets and Patterson Tigers both won dual victories Wednesday afternoon, March 26, at the Patterson Aquatic Center. The teams were faced with weather challenges before the start of the meet, but senior Aaron Gonzales of Patterson was not to be daunted by the outpour.

Not only did Gonzales’ score help secure a first-place victory for the boys team (97-69), but he also made section time (:23.27) below the qualifying time of :23.40, allowing him to compete in the section meet in the 50-free swim.

“This is an amazing accomplishment!” said PHS swim coach Amy Castillo-Barron of Gonzales’ success.

In the 200-medley relay, PHS took first, second and third-place to round out a Tigers’ victory. The first-place team consisted of Gonzales, Matthew Schaa, Justin Mora and Steven Halseth.

Schaa also made personal strides on Wednesday after placing first in the 500-free swim, continuing to drop his time every meet, said Barron.

In the 200-free swim, Christian Vasquez came in second with 2:22.62, while Devin Jessup placed third with 2:26.41.

In the 200-IM, Mora took first with ease at a 2:30.4, but barley finished second-place in the final stretch for the wall in the 100-fly race.

In the 100-free, James Johnson took first-place while teammate Jessup placed second.

In the 200-free relay, Halseth, Johnson, Mora and Gonzales garnered a first-place win once more in their second relay course. The same could be said for the 400-free relay, where Patterson dominated the standings by placing first and third.

Gonzales finished up with a first-place win, followed by Halseth in second for the 100-breast stroke swim.

Patterson 85, Hilmar 86

Despite marking themselves down for defeat, the PHS girls team only lost by a narrow score, finishing 85-86 overall.

Although the Patterson team dominated in the 400-free relay by taking first, second and third-place in the overall challenge, they initially fell short of the Yellow jackets by a small margin in nearly every other trial run.

In the 200-medley relay, Jenevy Esqueda, Brissa Nunez, Alejandra Munoz and Kiara Job placed second behind Hilmar. The 200-free relay had a similar outcome. The girls’ team (comprised of Stephanie Esqueda, Jenevy Esqueda, Nicolette Vargas and Kiara Job) also placed second, allowing first-place to slip through their grasp by mere seconds.

However, Kiara Job did secure a first-place win in the 50-free swim with a time of :29.89. Barron added that Job has dropped an entire second from last week’s meet to propel the win. Stephanie Esqueda and Jenevy Esqueda finished second and third, respectively within the same race.

Vargas also took first in the 100-free swim, followed by Stephanie Esqueda in second and Michaela Homan in third.

In the 200-free swim, Nicolette Vargas came in second, while teammate Jenevy Esqueda took second in the 100-back stroke swim.

Honorable mentions include first-place swimmer Nohemi Morales of Patterson, who won the G50-free swim, while teammates Raina Padilla and Brianna Saltos walked away with a second and third-place win. In the B50-fly race, Sammy McKnight placed first, followed by Christian Arevalo in second and Eddie Flores in third.

In the G100-free race, Nohemi Morales cemented a first-place victory in heat 2, while Job placed-first in heat 3.

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