Jia Wins Back-to-Back Events at CIF Central Section Championships

CIF Central Section Championships

The 2017 CIF Central Section Championships are in the books, as the finals concluded on Saturday night in Fresno, California. Clovis West brought home the team title on the women’s side, while Clovis North brought in top honors on the men’s side. Read on for highlights of the finals session.

Clovis North’s Michael Jia helped his school to victory with back-to-back individual event wins. His first individual swim was the 50 free, in which he won gold with a time of 21.28. After a quick turnaround, Jia was back in the pool for the 100 fly. His winning time of 50.09 put him over a second ahead of the field.

Clovis’ Graham Hauss pulled off a successful men’s middle distance free sweep, while teammate Averee Preble swept her individual races as well on the women’s side. Hauss put up winning times of 1:37.77 in the 200 free and 4:32.77 in the 500 free. Preble, on the other hand, first took on the 200 IM to win gold in 2:03.31. Her next 1st place finish came in the 500 free, where she clocked in at 4:57.10.

Clovis West’s Caitlyn Snyder also pulled off a sweep as she headlined the women’s sprints. Snyder was within 3 tenths of the Central Section Record in the 50 free, hitting the wall in a quick 23.81. She returned to the pool for the 100 free, where she used her back-half speed to out-touch teammate Abby Samansky in 51.35 to Samansky’s 51.52. Though she fell just short of the win in the 100 free, Samansky won gold with her 1:51.07 in the 200 free earlier in the session.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Women’s 200 Medley Relay- Clovis West, 1:46.79
  • Women’s 100 Fly- Adie Collard, Clovis, 57.54
  • Women’s 200 Free Relay- Clovis West, 1:36.40
  • Women’s 100 Back- Savannah Fitzgerald, Clovis North, 57.59
  • Women’s 100 Breast- Georgia Phillips, Clovis North, 1:04.54
  • Women’s 400 Free Relay- Clovis West, 3:32.37
  • Men’s 200 Medley Relay- Clovis West, 1:37.63
  • Men’s 200 IM- Hunter Lane, Clovis West, 1:53.33
  • Men’s 100 Free- Ben Forbes, Clovis North, 46.42
  • Men’s 200 Free Relay- Clovis North, 1:26.15
  • Men’s 100 Back- Julio Alcantar, Liberty, 53.38
  • Men’s 100 Breast- Noah Hickman, Buchanan, 57.77
  • Men’s 400 Free Relay- Clovis North, 3:08.55

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