Clovis West High’s girls 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams finished second to highlight Fresno-area performances as the third CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday at the school’s Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
Santa Margarita of the Southern Section won the 200 in 1:32.99, while the Golden Eagles team of junior Caitlyn Snyder, freshman Jordan Gruce, sophomore Abby Samansky and senior Skylar Elkington finished in 1:33.77.
Rio Americano-Sacramento of the Sac-Joaquin Section won the 400 in 3:22.97, with the Clovis West team of Snyder, senior Allyson Clague, Gruce and Samansky were timed in a school-record 3:24.44.
A state record fell in 1-meter diving, with Maranatha-Pasadena’s Jake Fielding winning with 604.35 points.
Among other local stars at a meet that annually draws 900 athletes to the Valley for a two-day competition:
▪ Sammansky took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:48.76.
▪ Clovis High’s 200 medley relay placed sixth at 1:45.31.
▪ Clovis’ Graham Haus was seventh in the boys 200 free at 1:38.73.
▪ Clovis’ Averee Preble was seventh in the girls 200 individual medley at 2:03.00.
▪ Clovis West’s girls finished sixth with 96 points in a team championship competition won by Monte Vista-Danville with 123.5.
Boys tennis: Clovis North dominates
Top-seeded Clovis North High rolled to its second Division I team championship, again beating No. 2 Clovis West, this time 5-1. Broncos star Daly Meinert followed three days later by winning his third individual title in four seasons, beating Brandon Park of Stockdale 6-4, 6-3. The Broncos’ team of Michael Fourchy and Billy Schulz made it a Clovis North sweep by winning the doubles championship.
Meinert’s only section singles championship defeat came in 2016 when cramps set in as he served to win the match. He lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) to Garces’ Dylan Simonsen.
But Meinert rebounded this year, roaring through the section tournament to become only the fifth three-time section champion in history, according to section historian Bob Barnett. There has never been a four-time champ.
Meinert, a Cal Poly-bound senior, beat Taka Shin 6-0, 6-1 as the top-seeded Broncos repeated as team champs by beating No. 2 Clovis West 5-1.
A year ago, Clovis North – with its only title a D-II crown in 2010 to that point – showed it was the new king in the sport by sweeping a Golden Eagles program that had won 6 of 7 championships and 18 titles overall.
Clovis North’s Fourchy and Schulz beat Clovis West’s Cody Castro and Stefanos Sophocleous 6-3, 6-0 in the individual doubles final. Castro and Sophocleous just to get there had to survive a three-setter versus Clovis North’s Sahib Bhatia and Derek Yao, winning 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.
Other team finals saw second-seeded Bakersfield Christian beat No. 1 East Bakersfield 5-4 in D-II; No. 1 Central Valley Christian beat No. 2 Immanuel 6-3 in D-III; No. 2 Dinuba top No. 1 Yosemite 5-2 in D-IV; and No. 2 Sierra Pacific beat No. 1 Corcoran 6-3 in D-V.
Track and field: Central Section Masters meet
Buchanan High freshman Corie Smith completed a distance sweep, winning the 1,600 in 5:00.27 and leading a Bears sweep in the 3,200 in 10:47.95 at the Central Section Masters meet at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, the final qualifier before the CIF State meet June 2-3 at the same site.
Strathmore’s Madison Bower pulled off a surprise in the 300 hurdles, entering with the section’s fifth-best time but winning in 44.27. Tulare’s Kyra Bailey won the 200 (24.71) and 400 (55.54), both in season bests. Clovis North’s Danae Manibog was the season leader in both but had to settle for third and second, respectively.
Clovis North’s Brooke Tjerrild topped her season and state second-best height in the pole vault by an inch by clearing 13-5.
On the boys side, Edison’s Elijah Isiah won the 400 in 48.54 to improve his section-leading time. Fresno’s Evert Silva entered as the leader in both the 1,600 and 3,200 but only won the latter in 9:11.36. Buchanan’s Hayden Hansen (4:15.05) won the 3,200 with Silva seventh.
Cousins and state leaders Jonah and Jacob Wilson continued their dominance of the discus and shot put. Jonah (Clovis), who set a state record with a throw of 221-5 in April, was the discus winner in 199-11 with Jacob (Buchanan) second at 194-0.
Jacob won the shot at 64-6.5, with Jonah second at 63-4.