Liberty swim coach Marc Urmston made a plea to his ladies group a pair weeks in the past.
Dominating the Southwest Yosemite League for the higher a part of the final 4 years, Urmston was apprehensive in regards to the group peaking too quickly this late into one of many prime seasons for a ladies swim group in current Kern County historical past.
“I felt that two weeks in the past, they hit a plateau,” Urmston mentioned. “We had a chat about setting targets greater. It is a life check. It’s good to proceed to push. They’re beginning to encourage themselves. That’s distinctive.”
So when it got here time for the Kern County league swimming championships at Garces on Saturday, Urmston’s fears started to dissipate with every meet file damaged by his swimmers.
The day began off in record-setting style for the Patriots, who gained all 5 Southwest Yosemite League twin meets by a minimal of 70 factors, scoring XXX factors on Saturday. It was XX factors forward of second place finisher, XXX with xxxx factors.
Within the SWYL ladies 200 medley relay, the Liberty foursome of sophomore Emma McMurray, senior Eliana Klubnikin, junior Slaytynn Simpson and junior Payton Lewis shattered the meet file by three seconds in 1:49.57. The Patriots broke their year-old file from 2018.
Simpson additionally broke the meet file within the ladies 100 fly in 57.21 whereas McMurray completed second in 59.00. Earlier file of 58.04 set by Frontier’s Ariana Skeggs in 2016.
Simpson says a day like that is thrilling as a result of there’s a lot at stake over the subsequent two weeks as a group.
“It’s so much higher as a result of it brings us nearer collectively as a group,” Simpson mentioned. “It’s extra thrilling when everybody is worked up relatively than simply your self. It’s higher to win as a group.”
The following purpose for the Patriots is one which has by no means been performed by an area program. Urmston is aware of beating Clovis West, winners of the previous 26 Central Part ladies swimming championships, is troublesome. However coming in second, which no Kern County group has performed since Bakerfield Excessive completed second in 2000, is a reputable purpose for the Patriots subsequent weekend.
“Our purpose is to go there and get a plaque,” Urmston mentioned. “We don’t all the time need to get excited a few runners-up plaque, however that’s our purpose right here.”
The Patriots set one other meet file within the ladies 200 free relay in 1:40.23. The foursome of Simpson, McMurray, Klubnikin and Joselle Sortijas bested the earlier file set in 2016 by Frontier.
The Patriots gained Saturday with out the providers of certainly one of their prime swimmers, Sydney Yasukochi, who’s in Colorado this weekend at a management convention, however will return for the part meet subsequent weekend at Clovis West.
Roodzant breaks two meet information
Bakersfield Christian senior Nathan Roodzant is aware of subsequent weekend on the part finals is the place he’ll get his second to shine within the pool. However this week was devoted to serving to the Eagles vie for a South Yosemite League group title.
“That is the place swimming is a group sport and never a person sport,” Roodzant mentioned.
Roodzant did all he might to assist the Eagles win the SYL title, breaking two particular person meet information.
Roodzant broke the meet file within the boys 200IM in 1:56.10. Former file set in 2013 by Andrew Hargis from Centennial (1:56.19).
Roodzant additionally broke the boys 100 fly, finishes in a time of 51.94. Earlier file set in 2018 by Garces’ Eric Klang (53.11). Klang swam an 54.14 for second place and tops in SWYL.
Neither time was a personal-best for Roodzant, however he is aware of his finest remains to be to return.
“I’m actually excited for Valley as a result of that’s the place I can actually showcase my finest,” Roodzant mentioned. “I’ll be shaved as soon as I get there and totally tapered and able to go. Plus, I’ll get nice competitors, much more so than right here all the Clovis swimmers are there. That actually helps me to push tougher.”
The Eagles gained the SYL group title, edging Tehachapi 478-446 as Jared Vegas helped paved the way for BCHS with titles within the 100 free (48.21) and the 100 again (55.07).
•Independence freshman Paige Taber set a brand new meet file within the ladies 100 backstroke. Her time of 58.01 broke the file set by Stockdale’s Tatum Collatz of 59.63 set in 2015. Collatz is a senior on the swim group at Cal State Bakersfield. Taber additionally gained the ladies 100 free in 53.20.
•Centennial’s Alex Castro additionally broke a meet file within the boys 50 free in 21.29. Earlier file set final 12 months by his former teammate Esteban Robles (21.87). It is also simply .12 of a second from state automated qualifying.
Castro additionally broke the meet file within the 100 again in 58.88, breaking his personal file of 59.19 set final season.
•Wasco swept the girls and boys SSL group titles as Independence edged out Tehachapi 493-439 as the 2 are co-champions within the SYL.
•Highland gained the boys SEYL group title as North gained the league ladies title.
•The tightest league race got here within the SWYL boys as Garces edged Liberty 392-382. The 2 share the league championship. Centennial completed third with 368 factors, adopted carefully by Stockdale (352).