During most of Friday afternoon, the Pitman High boys swimmers had a reminder they couldn't ignore. The message was written on the window of the coaches' office and it read: 0-11.
That was the record seniors Ian Roos and Michael Funk compiled against Turlock High in both water polo and swimming during their four years. And this was the final chance for the Pitman senior class — along with others — to bring down Turlock before graduation.
With multiple wins from those two seniors, the Pride was all smiles in the aftermath of the rivalry swim meet at the Pitman High swimming pool.
The male Pride swimmers won 117-68, complementing their counterparts' 115-70 triumph over the Turlock girls to remain undefeated in the cross-town rivalry since it began seven years ago.
But the Pitman boys couldn't have asked for a better regular season finale before next week's Central California Conference Championships held at both Turlock High and Pitman High.
"All this time battling, it paid off," said Roos, who won the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle events. "Now that we have one, it's not as bad."
The rivalry win is a nice going-away gift before Roos continues water polo at Fresno Pacific, becoming the first Pitman aquatic athlete to earn a college scholarship. And it was Roos who had the privilege of updating the series record on the coaches' window.
His teammate, Funk, was also a multiple-event winner, as he captured the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke to help the Pride finish the CCC schedule with a 3-3 record.
As for the Pitman girls, they continued their winning ways over the Bulldogs with a number of multiple-event finishers. Stephanie Young captured the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to join teammates Lexie McCaskill (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Brittany Funk (200 and 500 freestyles) in leading the way.
The Pride finished 5-1 in the CCC.
Their only loss came courtesy of Merced High, which edged them by four points in a league meet this season. The Pride can still tie with the Bears for the league championship — which would be their fifth in a row — if Pitman manages to place ahead of Merced at the CCC meet next week, with the diving portion starting Thursday at Turlock High before wrapping up the meet with swimming events on Friday and Saturday at Pitman High.
Despite Pitman's two team wins, the Bulldogs still had impressive individual performances. Darris Bishel took the 200 and 500 freestyles for the boys, while Cody Huntington and Angela Vallerga captured respective diving titles.
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