High School Sports

Prep swimming: Clovis West Invite to spotlight renovated aquatics complex

The newly renovated Clovis West High Aquatics Complex has its big coming out part this weekend.

All spruced up and updated in advance of hosting the first CIF State Championships next month, the facility will welcome roughly 1,450 competitors from around the state for the 29th annual Clovis West Invitational swimming and diving meet.

The diving competition stats at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the swimming portion of the meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

And the aquatics complex will be in the spotlight after undergoing four months worth of upgrades that include new diving boards, a new judging system, new track start wedges for the starting blocks, new lane lines as well as fresh pain and new landscaping all around.

Clovis West was selected nearly a year ago as the host for the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, which are set for May 22-23.

“This will be a good run to see how everything is working,” Golden Eagles coach Adam Reid said. “I think people are going to notice a big difference.”

The meet itself will feature most of the top swimmers in the Central Section, including Clovis North’s Hunter Winslow, Buchanan’s Stephanie Bartel, Hanford West’s Dagmar Gudmundsson and Clovis West’s Skyler Elkington, Sarah Synder and Caitlyn Snyder on the girls side; and Bullard’s Erik Overstreet, Frontier’s Evan Rabanal, Clovis’ Graham Hauss, Redwood’s Sam Peckinpah and Clovis West’s Matt Elkington on the boys side.