Pitman and Turlock High met in the pool for a classic crosstown Central California Conference showdown on Friday, with the Pride starting strong and ending the day with wins for both the boys (109-60) and girls (106-64) teams.
“I think that our performance as a huge improvement from last year,” said Turlock girls head coach Lauren Bettencourt. “The team is packed with underclassmen. Its signs of good things to come. Obviously, we would love to win but Pitman has a great team, it will happen some year just not this season.”
“We started off well from the first relay,” said Pitman boys head coach Ryan Bullard.
Pitman's girls won eight out of the 11 races, with top performances by swimmers like Jordyn Kennell , who took first in the 100 butterfly and backstroke.
Two of Turlock's victories came from Sarah Phillips, in the 50 free and 100 breastroke events.
“Standout performance of the meet today was Sarah [Phillips] without a doubt,” said Bettencourt. “A lot of girls have made some great individual improvements."
The Pitman boys took first in nine of the 11 races over the Turlock Bulldogs. The Pride's Gavin Madrigal and Josh Buck each finished with personal bests in their respective events.
Madrigal took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.9 and Buck finished with a personal best time of 56.5 and placed first in the 100 butterfly.
The 400 free relay team that consisted of Nathan Olson, Allan Quinn, Madrigal and Buck also took first with a time of 3:32.12.
“We had a couple guys that kind of stepped up in times,” Bullard said.
Turlock's Zach Glidden shined for the Bulldogs, taking first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.60.
After the race, Pitman is 4-1 in the CCC and trailing Merced for the title on both the boys and girls side and Turlock is just behind with a 3-2 league record for both.
Turlock and Pitman will next compete in the CCC Conference meet at 9 a.m. Thursday.