The Patterson Tigers boys swim team went neck-to-neck with the Ceres Bulldogs for a great deal of the match with the Tigers’ up one, down one, the entire meet. It wasn't until the last relay, the 400-Free Relay race, where Patterson lost the lead for good, allowing Ceres to pull in first and third while Patterson secured a second-place win.
In the resulting match, the Bulldogs took and kept the lead for the 88-81 defeat. Some highlights for the boys’ team include the 200-Medley Relay team coming in first place, which comprised of Matthew Schaa, Justin Mora, Aaron Gonzales and Steven Halseth. Devin Jessup finished his 200-yard Free event in 2:17 to finish in first-place, while teammate Christian Vasquez came in right behind him to claim second.
Justin Mora also dropped an entire second in this 200-IM, finishing at 2:29, with Halseth coming in second. Gonzales finishing with another strong time in the 50-Free with a time of :23.11.
Schaa also showed strength and stamina with his 500-Free time, which is continuously getting lower, said PHS swim coach Amy Castillo Barron. Schaa finished at 5:52 against the Bulldogs and at 1:10 in his 100-yard backstroke.
Lastly for the boys’ side, Gonzales finished first in the 100-yard breast stroke for the Tigers.
Coach Barron said she was very pleased about the effort put forth by her boys this season.
“The returning swimmers have challenged each other to push themselves at practice,” said Castillo. “Even though it can be tough staying on task daily, the boys work hard overall, and it shows in our meets.”
On the girls' side, the Tigers competed against a very tough opponent.
“Ceres High has strong girl swimmers, and it was apparent for the Tigers when we finished 112-65,” said Barron. But Barron was still proud of her squad and lauded their efforts in the pool.
Some positive notations came from the 200-Medley Relay Team (consisting of Jenevy Esqueda, Brissa Nunez, Alejandra Munoz and Kiara Job), which finished in second-place.
Munoz also finished second in her 200-IM with a time of 3:04.
Job brought home first in the 50-Free at :30 flat and second in the 100-Free with a strong 1:09.12 finish. Stephanie Esqueda came in third in the 10- free, just milliseconds after Job.
The 200-Free Relay team, consisting of both Esqueda girls, Nicolette Vargas and Job, finished second. Jenevy brought in another second place finish with her 100-back stroke at 1:29.
And lastly, the 400-Free Relay team brought in a second place finish made up of Victoria Rodgers, Evelyn Silvas, Stephanie Esqueda and Michaela Homen.
Despite the loss, Barron was proud of her swimmers and believed their strengths will be utilized fully in the near future.
"We have swimmers pushing themselves more this year,” she said. “I am seeing big strides from some of these girls!"
Overall, Coach Barron is hopeful to just continue to improve and build a strong team.
"I have a very knowledgeable and amazing group of assistant coaches, and we continue to push our swimmers to their limits daily!"
The Tigers’ will face Central Valley High School and Central Catholic High School in a Tri-Meet Friday, April 4, at the Community Pool in Patterson.
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