Clovis West Sweeps Girls, Boys CIF Central Division I Championships


  • Clovis West High School, Fresno, CA
  • Diving: Thursday May 11-12, 2016
  • Prelims: Friday May 13, 2016
  • Finals: Saturday May 14, 2016
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After two days of competition for the CIF Central Section Division I High School teams, a clear winner has emerged for both the girls and the boys. Clovis West dominated the girl’s competition with a total of 488 points while Clovis and Clovis North amassed 366 and 284 respectively. The boy’s fight would also see the Clovis West team emerged on top, collecting a total of 479 points with a tighter fight for second between Buchanan’s 348.5 and Clovis’ 345.


The Clovis High relay snagged the first available swimming points by defending their prelims placement of 1:50.95 with Abby Mammen, Audree Preble, Averee Preble, and Vivian Talmage. Together, they united for a massive drop down to 1:48.04, besting the Buchanan squad who was the only other foursome under the 1:50 barrier at 1:49.59. Clovis North rounded out the podium standings with 1:51.01.

Frontier swimmer Kassidy Lemminn previously held the top spot in the 200 free prelims at 1:51.84, but was usurped in finals by Clovis senior Jillian Hatch, 1:51.18 versus 1:52.20. In the 200 IM, Stephanie Bartel of Buchanan enjoyed a solid three second drop from her prelims effort to capture the finals race in 2:02.38. Bartel would reign victorious again in the 100 back as she clocked a 55.08 to improve her Friday swim by 2.43 seconds.

Skylar Elkington of Clovis West tackled the 50 free prelims in 23.87 and successfully defended her top seed a day later with an improved swim of 23.71. After finishing third in the prelims 100 free, Elkington advanced ahead of Adie Collard (52.35) and Lemminn (53.09) to sweep the freestyle sprints with the only sub 52 second swim of 51.26.

Pulling another double event win – this time for Clovis – was stud freshman Averee Preble. She conquered the 100 fly in 55.19, bettering her prior effort by nearly one-and-a-half seconds, and dropped the hammer in the 500 free by cutting over ten seconds to finish for gold in 4:52.78. Sister Audree Preble maintained her supremacy in the 100 breast, finishing out the swim in 1:05.59 over Caitlyn Snyder of Clovis West’s aggressive 1:05.88.

Just a little over halfway through the event line-up, the Clovis West team of Abby Samansky, Caitlyn Snyder, Sarah Snyder, and Elkington claimed the 200 free relay in a time of 1:36.14, that’s an improvement of over three seconds from their prelims effort.

The Preble sisters made up one-half of the Clovis relay that chartered the 400 free relay prelims, but the Clovis West ladies Abby Samansky, Caitlyn Snyder, Sarah Snyder, and Skylar Elkington combined for the 3:300.18 winning time that would defeat the Clovis time of 3:36.75.



In the 200 medley relay, the Liberty boys originally occupied the top spot at 1:37. 11 but were cast to third when the Clovis West ensemble of Hunter Lane, Tom Scab, Preston Mayer, and Austin Krietemeyer clocked 1:37.07 over Buchanan’s 1:37.21 and Liberty’s 1:37.82.

The boys swimming the 200 free played it safe yesterday afternoon with the top three dramatically lowering their times in the finals edition. Clovis West senior Matt Elkington defended his 200 free seed of 1:42.61 by throwing down a blistering 1:36.91 with his nearest competitor, Clovis’ Graham Hauss, also dipping under the 1:40 benchmark for 1:38.29. Hauss would swim once again in the 500 free and this time would earn a top podium by jumping from fifth to first with a 4:29.14, trumping top seed Tanner Olmos’ 4:31.42.

Proving the double win for Buchanan yesterday was no fluke, senior Thomas Vandiver captured the 200 IM in 1:53.23 over Hunter Lane (1:54.10) and Tom Schab (1:56.31). Vandiver also touched second in the 100 back (51:69) behind winner Jacob Roberts of Clovis West (51.42).

Clovis senior Zach Koch pulled a solid double swim in the prelims by taking top seeds in the 50 free (21.09) and the 100 fly (50.08), however, couldn’t repeat the effort this afternoon. Koch lowered his 50 free time down to 21.03 to win the event, but dropped the 100 fly to Eklington’s 49.09 as he posted the second sub 50 second swim at 49.79.

With roughly a second separating the two, the Clovis relay of Hauss, Jacob Rolith, Jesse Serpa, and Koch took over the 200 free relay race from Clovis West, splitting 1:23.71 versus 1:24.70. The Buchanan boys, who were seeded second from prelims, fell to third at 1:25.75 to finish out the top three. Buchanan’s Noah Hickman slipped under the 58 second barrier for 57.94 to win the last individual event for his school.

The Clovis schools had another switcheroo on the hands in the boys 400 free relay with the Clovis North initially claiming prelims in 3:10.18, but today it would be the Clovis foursome of Graham Hauss, Jacob Rolih, Seth Nabors, and Zach Koch uniting for 3:03.85 to narrowly best Clovis West’s 3:03.88 and Clovis North’s 3:10.24.

Final Standings – Women

  1. Clovis West: 488
  2. Clovis: 366
  3. Clovis North: 284
  4. Buchanan: 263
  5. Sanger: 157
  6. Frontier: 156
  7. Liberty: 117
  8. Centennial: 115
  9. Clovis East: 98
  10. Garces Memorial: 78
  11. Redwood: 75
  12. Bullard: 68
  13. Stockdale: 16

Final Standings – Men

  1. Clovis West: 479
  2. Buchanan: 348.5
  3. Clovis: 345
  4. Clovis North: 321
  5. Liberty: 177.5
  6. Clovis East: 110
  7. Garces Memorial: 88.5
  8. Frontier: 75.5
  9. Sanger: 71
  10. Centennial: 70
  11. Redwood: 55
  12. Stockdale: 54
  13. Bullard: 45


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Stephen Parsons

Stephen's swimming journey has taken him all across the Southeastern United States. Starting out at the Flowood, MS based Sunkist Swim Team, he made the transition to Auburn, AL where he competed the remainder of his high school years with Auburn Aquatics. His college career began at Daytona State College under the …

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