Friday afternoon, April 11, was a great day to celebrate PHS seniors for their accomplishments this season, and to give them thanks for their hard work against Los Banos. The team celebrated over 10 seniors (unfortunately missing a few).
After a tough battle, however, the Patterson High Swim team fell to Los Banos in a tough loss. Los Banos outscored both the boys’ team (105-61) and girls’ team (124-42).
“Los Banos is a solid program, with a great coaching staff,” said Coach Amy Castillo Barron. “We knew the athletes would bring the competition. Unfortunately their experience outweighs ours. The reason being that most swimmers swim year around.”
Looking for positives about the meet, the boys Medley Relay Team came in second place, consisting of Matthew Schaa, Aaron Gonzales, Justin Mora and Steven Halseth.
Devin Jessup rounded up a third-place finish in the 200 Free event.
Mora finished second in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. Barron says that Mora, “as a sophomore, is improving rapidly, and is a strong asset to our team.” Gonzales brought in another first-place finish in the 100 Fly, finishing at 52.01, just shy of section time and first in the 100 Breast finishing at 1:11.
Schaa came in first-place in the 500 Free, and second-place in the 100 back finishing at 1:07. Lastly, our boys’ 200 Free Relay Team finished second, composed of Halseth, Mora, James Johnson and Gonzales.
The girls had some positive growth as well. Both Jenevy and Stephanie Esqueda earned points coming in at fourth and fifth place respectively in the 50 Free.
Alejandra Munoz brought home a third place finish in the 100 Fly, finishing at 1:29. Freshman Cayla Gagnon, stepped up to the plate to swim the 100 Fly, (she actually asked for the challenge), and she finished with ease at 1:30.35 coming in fourth. S. Esqueda also finished third in the 100 Free.
Catarina Borges, a freshman, swam the 500 Free and came in second with a time of 7.26. Barron says that “Cat is focused and willing to work. She now has a goal for her 500 Free, and I am excited to see her growth the next couple of years. If she continues at this speed, she may see sections soon!”
Brissa Nunez swam the 100 Back and finished third, while Julissa Salto finished fourth in the 100 Breast.
“Even though the score doesn’t show it, the Patterson High Tigers faced competition, and rose to it,” said Barron. “All of the swimmers were confident, and willing to work hard and race.”
The next meet will be at home, Thursday, April 17 against Pacheco High School at 3:30 p.m.
League Championships will be the following Thursday (April 24th) at Pacheco High School, starting at 3 p.m.
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