Relay swimmers speed up for spot in CIF finals

The Lady Trojan swim team pauses for a pool picture at the CIF prelims held at the Riverside Aquatics Center Wednesday.

RIVERSIDE — The Yucca Valley High School girls 4x100 free relay team qualified for the CIF finals with a blistering time in the preliminary competition this week.

The Trojan swim team traveled to the Riverside Aquatics Center for CIF prelims Wednesday.

The 4x100-yard freestyle team of Kaylee Powell, Jordyn Koger, Skye Hansen and Markina Evdokimoff were seeded 29th going into the meet with a time of 4:20.31.

“The girls won their heat and dropped their time to a 4:09.81, earning 17th overall and qualifying for finals,” said head coach Rebecca Pessa. “What a drop.”

They will return to Riverside Aquatics Center May 3 for CIF finals.

The Twentynine Palms High School swimmers competed in four races at the CIF meet. The Wildcats improved their times in all four races.

The girls 200-yard medley relay team of Taylor Scamman, Hailey Beck, Jacqueline Ford and Madi Soster started the day for the Wildcats by placing 22nd with a time of 2:08.45.

Will Kinitz represented the Wildcat boys team by placing 23rd in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.70.

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay teammates Madi Soster, Mary Carbiener, Patricia Zuniga and Taylor Scamman placed 19th out of 36 teams in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.86.

Scamman also swam the girls 100-yard backstroke, placing 22nd with a time of 1:07.71.

“We performed with only 21 swimmers when many teams had 30-plus swimmers,” coach Michelle Minatrea-Teo said.

“This was our first season in the new Division 4 and our swimmers did amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of all 21; they rocked the pool this season.”

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