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CCAL girls swimming
Turlock perfect in league; Pitman 2-2
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Izzy Romeo of Turlock High is competing in the butterfly and freestyle this year for the Bulldog varsity girls squad, which are currently in first place in the CCAL at 4-0 (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

There is one final league dual remaining for varsity swimming, and Turlock High varsity girls are one victory away from finishing the year perfect and as outright Central California Athletic League champions. But first they must topple their crosstown foes in the final dual of the year.

The Bulldogs of Turlock are currently boasting an unblemished CCAL record of 4-0 while Pitman is 2-2 thus far, but are looking to play spoilers when both face off in less than 10 days.

“We are well rounded and we have a lot of kids that I can move into events, not only can they do one event, they can do multiple. That has been helping us out, we have so many kids that are versatile,” said Turlock head coach Anne Cornell.

Turlock is currently boasting a large roster that has kids from all grades, including multiple sophomore standouts says Cornell.

Led by Sierra Yandell, Izzy Romeo and Emmerson Stempsen, the roster is looking deep and talented.

The rest of the roster consists of Sadie Bigler, Amelia Boyd, Joana Cardoso, Hannah Castro, Ashley Figurell, Tiffany Figurell, Kianna Hesse, Madysen Howry, Audra Lawler, Courtney Malmberg, Hannah Morris, Rachel Morris, Emmerson Parreira, Paige Peterson and Abbot Swansen.

“We have tons of great athletes in different ages, just losing a couple seniors. We have tons of kids coming back, great athletes this year all around,” said Cornell.

The Pride are coming off a 3-3 season in the final year in the Central California Conference and bring back some swimmers to look out for and have helped the Pride notch a pair of wins in league so far.

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Pitman High’s Joelle Lok is one of the key swimmers for this year’s varsity girls team (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

Those swimmers include Joelle Lok and Madi Ngo, who are the leaders of the team.

“The girls have about 12 on varsity, a lot of JV kids as well,” said Pitman head coach Mark Garrett. “We are the newcomers in league as well. This is a unique group here at Pitman this year, it has been great overall.”

Pitman and Turlock will next square off from the Pride pool and for the final dual of the season at 2:30 p.m. Friday April 5.