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Turlock splashes past Hilmar
Turlocks Tyler Harkson backstrokes his way down his swimming lane during Wednesdays meet against Hilmar High. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

The Central California Conference met the Trans Valley League Wednesday afternoon when Hilmar High traveled to the Steve Feaver Aquatic Center to face off against Turlock High in a non-league swim meet.

A week removed from the beginning of Turlock’s CCC season, which saw it boys lose to Buhach Colony High while its girls emerged victorious, the Bulldogs swept the Yellowjackets with the boys team winning 102-68 and the girls team winning 109-61.

“I think the boys performed really well. Hilmar is a smaller school and a little greener, so I think it was a good opportunity for the boys to build some confidence,” Turlock coach Lauren Bettencourt said. “The nice part about these practice meets is that we can change things up. It gives the coaches the opportunity to put kids in new events and let them try it out before league competition.”

Zach Glidden and CJ Cossey put in standout performances for Turlock as each earned a pair of first place finishes in their respective events. For Glidden, the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle were his for the taking while Cossey placed first in the 100m butterfly and 500m freestyle.

As for the Lady Bulldogs, they won their second consecutive swim meet with the help of several swimmers as Rebekah Groteguth, Hannah Groteguth, Sarah Phillips, and Lucy Deitz each earned first place finishes.

Rebekah Groteguth earned a pair of firsts in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle while Hannah earned first place in the 200m individual medley, Phillips won the 100m breaststroke, and Deitz finished on top of the 500m freestyle.

“I’m expecting some stellar performances from them this year. We might have some tight matches, but I have some really strong swimmers. So I think that kind of performance is something we can expect all season,” Bettencourt said.

Now, Turlock will host Atwater High today in its second league meet of the season.

“I’m just trying to put all my top swimmers in their best events and hopefully that strategy will pay off against Atwater,” Bettencourt said.