The Clarion

Selma High Swimmers Finish A Historic Season

By ANNA ARMSTRONG

The Selma High School varsity swim team made history on May 2 when SHS won their first league title in forty one years.

Several of the swimmers broke school records, that night as well.

“We broke the CSL record for our 400 freestyle relay and we won third place at Valley with this team,” said freshman Julianna Colado.

The previous 400 freestyle relay record was set by SHS students a couple of years ago.

In the beginning of the season, the girls were several seconds off from beating the record, but it was a goal they had previously set for themselves.

Progressively, they kept dropping time and eventually achieved their goal.

The relay team consisted of Tori Valdez, Mya Lopez, Julianna Colado, and Brianna Colado.

There was also a record broken in the 200 freestyle relay.

They also aspired to break the record and constantly worked towards it the entire season until they broke it.

This relay was made up of Sabrina Lopez, Audrie Naranjo, Tori Valdez, and Julianna Colado.

“League was eventful because we improved quite a bit in our times and worked as a team,” said junior Sonny Bianchi.

This season marked senior Will Pallesi’s first year swimming for the SHS team.

“I have learned that swim is a great tool for conditioning. Conditioning for swim is very different from other sports,” stated Pallesi.

On Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, the varsity girls team participated in the Valley meet in Bakersfield.

“Valley is unique because it is a lot more competitive than other meets, but we all motivate each other and make it fun,” explained sophomore Claire Machado.

Sophomore, William Winter was the only boy from Selma High to qualify for Valley.

“I do not put a lot of pressure on myself,” said Winter.  “I just use the goals that Coach Wood and I have set and I do my best to reach them.”

The swimmers reached far beyond the boundaries of their goals and placed third overall as a team at valley.

The team had Tori Valdez, Brianna Colado, and Claire Machado medal as individuals.

The 200 medley relay placed third, the 200 freestyle relay placed fifth, and the 400 freestyle relay placed third at Valley.

Many of them saw the valley meet as a transformative experience.

“I felt as though Valley was a success, but it definitely helped me realize the areas I need to work on next season,” stated junior Audrie Naranjo.

Overall, everyone felt like the countless hours of practice paid off.

“It was really challenging, but with our amazing coach and our team’s bond, the practices were worth it. They paid off in the end,” said sophomore Mya Lopez.

Selma’s Swimming successes this season were much greater than anyone expected, making them only so much more satisfactional.

“It was rewarding to watch all of the swimmers improve after working so hard at practice. The girls success was also a highlight,” concluded Coach Wood.