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SWIMMING AND DIVING PREVIEW 2010

SWIMMING AND DIVING PREVIEW 2010

The Pitman High swim teams hope to be competitive in the Central California Conference.


POSTED March 12, 2010 10:40 p.m.
Pitman Pride
2009 record: 3-3 CCC for boys; 6-0 CCC for girls
Head coach: Drew Clute (boys, second year), Anne Cornell (girls, seventh year)
Assistants: Justin Jones (boys), Doug Jones (girls)
Key returners: Ian Roos, Michael Funk and Myles Garton for boys. Brittany Funk, Lexie McCaskill, Stephanie Young, Kyndel Fletcher for girls.
Key newcomers: Julien McClellan and Brian Austin for boys. Kamrin Waite for girls.
Outlook: The Pride boys have a trio of returners who will lead them throughout the season. Two of them are Ian Roos and Michael Funk, both expected to excel in various events. Roos will compete in the 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, while Funk will compete in various events. Myles Garton will add some experience to the Pride, as he’s one of the team’s best sprinters in the 50 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly. The Pride girls are an all-around group that features swimmers who compete year-long with club teams. Brittany Funk, Lexi McCaskill and Stephanie Young can swim any event, with the latter two having four years of varsity experience. They hope to capture another league title. Coach Anne Cornell said many of her athletes will qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet. Also, Logan Champion, a former Turlock standout, is the diving head coach, with Kyndel Fletcher as the only returner.
 
Turlock Bulldogs
Head coach: Sonja Raynes (third year for girls; first year for boys)
Assistants: Eric Byrd, Ryan Dennis
Key returners: Grant McNulty, Grant Phillips and Chris Callahan for boys. Jacy Gustafson, Janet Calkins, Madeline Keesey, Sierra Bigler for girls.
Key newcomers: Neil Wraske and Blake Weaver for boys. Lexie King-Perez for girls.
Outlook: Not only will Sonja Raynes be guiding the Turlock girl swimmers this season, but she will also be the head coach for the boys team. The boys team said farewell to long-time coach Steve Feaver, who entered his retirement to spend more time with his family. Feaver left behind a strong swimming group. The expectations are the same, as both squads look to contend for Central California Conference championships. “I see our teams in the top of the CCC and the championship meet,“ Raynes said. Jacy Gustafson (backstroke and freestyle), Janet Calkins (medley and distance), Madeline Keesey (sprints and relays) and Sierra Bigler (breaststroke) will be key parts to the girls team. For the boys, Grant McNulty (sprints and relays), Grant Phillips (medley and relays) and Chris Callahan (freestyle and relays) will be the leaders. Logan Champion is also the diving coach for Turlock, with the key divers being Angela Vallerga and Marissa Paiz for the girls and Davis Woods, Cody Huntington and Jeremy Morris for the boys.
 
Hilmar Yellowjackets
Head coach: Howard Tremble (first year for boys and girls)
Top swimmers: Kyle Livak for boys. Anjele Kapeghian, Tori Spears and Gracie Alves for girls.
Outlook: This season will be a process, as the Yellowjackets will compete in swimming for the first time in school history. Howard Tremble is the coach of 20 swimmers, and some of them are taking up the sport for the first time. He’s up to the task, having competed at Merced College, earning All-American honors. He will look to senior Anjele Kapeghian for leadership, as she has the most experience out of all the Yellowjackets, who are happy to have a swim team at the high school level.

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