Swimming: Bulldogs outswim Tracy rivals
by Bob Brownne
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Tracy High’s swim teams outswam their rivals from Kimball High and West High at both varsity levels on Tuesday, March 19, at the Pinkie Invitational.

The annual meet, which schools established in 2012, is an homage to Pinkie Phillips, the late longtime coach of the West High swim team and the Tracy Tritons, the team that gave many local swimmers their introduction to the sport.

The meet is a nonleague competition among members of the three high school teams, many of whom are teammates on the year-round Ellis Aquatics team.

Tracy High freshman Nathan Hu, winner of the boys 100 butterfly (59.80 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:58.00), said competition among friends motivates them to go for their best times.

“I got to race my (Ellis Aquatics) teammate Seth Suzuki from Kimball,” Hu said. “It was a really close race in the 100 fly and 200 free.”

The meet is also a chance to set qualifying times for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet, which will be May 9 to 11 at Tokay High in Lodi.

Suzuki, a sophomore, had already qualified for the section meet in four events before Tuesday, and he expects to compete against Hu again.

“I don’t think today was my day, but it was a really good meet,” Suzuki said. “I’m going to be in the sections this year, so we’re going to have a fantastic race this year.”

West High freshman Conner Waters said the meet, which follows a few other nonleague events, shows how swimmers are strengthening as the season progresses.

“We have a lot of people who are improving really fast,” he said, “so there’s a good chance that a lot of them will go to sections.”

Varsity boys: Tracy 110, Kimball 60, West 45

Tracy won eight of the 11 events. In addition to Hu’s wins, senior James Thompson established section-qualifying times with first-place swims in the 500 freestyle (4:49.26) and 100 backstroke (59.79).

Senior Ian Hutton won the 100 freestyle (54.49) and qualified for the section meet, and senior Miguel Munoz won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.39).

Tracy’s 200 medley relay team of Thompson, Hu and seniors Ian Hutton and Miguel Munoz won their event (1:49.81) and qualified for the section meet. The same team also won the 200 free relay (1:41.43).

Kimball’s Suzuki won the 200 individual medley (2:15.41). Kimball junior Josh Wagstaff won the 50 freestyle (24.23), breaking his own team record, and Kimball’s boys won the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.85).

Varsity girls: Tracy 100, West 85, Kimball 75

Tracy’s girls won seven of the 11 events. Freshman Bridgette Houser won both the 200 individual medley (2:35.81) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.20). Junior Kylie Taylor won the 200 freestyle (2:09.75), junior Maisy Green won the 50 freestyle (27.34), and freshman Julia Vares won the 100 freestyle (1:00.72).

Tracy’s 200 freestyle relay team of Green, Taylor, Vares and Houser also won its race (1:50.46) and qualified for the section meet. The same girls won the 200 yard-medley relay (2:04.56) with another section-qualifying time.

Kimball senior Michaela Loomis qualified for the section meet in the 500 freestyle (5:34.34) and won the 100 butterfly. Kimball also won the 400 freestyle relay (4:20.95), and West High junior Cassidy Waters won the 100 backstroke (1:09.98).

Kimball vs. Oakdale

The Oakdale Mustang swimmers outscored the Kimball Jaguars in both varsity divisions Friday, March 15, at Kimball High, putting both Jaguar teams at 2-1 in the Valley Oak League.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 835-3030 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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