Clovis News: Sports

Water fine for swim meet at Clovis West

More than 1,400 high school swimmers from across the state will gather Saturday for the Clovis West Invitational.

And as event hosts, the Golden Eagles figure to keep most of the gold medals to themselves.

Clovis West has the top qualifying times in eight boys and six girls events -- the most for both genders of any school in the field -- heading into a meet that starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Clovis West Aquatics Center. The diving portion of the event -- featuring between 50 and 70 competitors -- starts at 8:30 a.m. today.

And not only do the Eagles expect to win a number of events, they are shooting for meet-record times.

"It's our meet and our kids feel comfortable in this pool," Clovis West coach Steve Baxter said. "It's supposed to be 75 degrees, which is great swimming weather. I think our kids are going to jump up and get some records here. They really want to do it."

Baxter said meet records would be targets for Cary Wright in the boys 500 free (4:37.67), the boys 200 medley relay (1:39.62), Mariah Tharp in the girls 50 free (24.33), Tristin Baxter in the 500 free (4:50.47), and the girls 200 (1:38.13) and 400 (3:32.20) relays. Also, Wright and Tehachapi's Dylan Patton are each expected to push for the 100 back record of 52.19.

Other top seeds for Clovis West, on the boys side, are Taylor Fife in the 200 free, Jacob McGough in 200 IM and 100 fly, Jared Osborn in the 100 breast and the Eagles' 200 and 400 free relays. The remaining top-seeded boys are Sonora's Ryan Holder in the 50 free and Tehachapi's Westly Schultz in the 100 free.

On the girls side, Clovis West also has top qualifying marks from MacKenzie Schuler in the 200 free and Tharp in the 100 free, while Clovis East's Loreen Whitfield is the fastest entered in the 100 fly.

Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, which figures to challenge Clovis West for the boys and girls titles, has a standout in Eva Chen, who enters with the fastest time in the 200 IM and the 100 breast.