A Competitive Meet for Clovis High Swim and Dive

Andraya Trutna, Reporter

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The Clovis High Swim and Dive team went up against Clovis North last Friday at the Clovis North Aquatics Center. Clovis was defeated by North despite their best efforts but the team walked away from the defeat knowing that not all was lost.

Although the team didn’t win, many of the players were just happy to improve or even make Valley times. Valley times are the required times that swimmers must meet in order to go to Valleys at the end of the season where they compete against numerous people all over the Central Valley in California which is highly competitive considering that the Central Valley is 18,000 square miles. Junior Xavier Gutierrez says “I didn’t swim in my normal events, however, in the events I swam in I got my valley times.”

There was a lot of anticipation this meet because according to Junior Isabella Sonkoly the coaches said that they only lost to Clovis North by half a point in the last meet that they competed in together which was the Clovis Invitational. Gutierrez also thinks that this was an important meet because “although on the boys side we were outmatched it proved to us [the team] that we can make a dark situation into a bright one” and that hopefully they will carry this lesson with them through the rest of the season.

Sonkoly is hopeful because she thinks that “we did very well as a team because we all raced and raced hard to the very end.”

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A Competitive Meet for Clovis High Swim and Dive