Madera Girls, Kingsburg Boys Win CIF Central Division 2 Team Titles

2018 CIF Central Division 2 Championships

  • May 9-12, 2018
  • East Bakersfield High School
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Results

The Madera High School girls and the Kingsburg boys prevailed with team titles at the CIF Central Division 2 Championships in Bakersfield on Saturday, with multiple D2 records falling in the process.


One record fell on the girls side, with Abigail Abshire of Wasco Union breaking the 100 free mark of Taylor Solorio, set in 2012 at 52.27, with a swim of 52.21. Abshire was one of three girls to win two individual events, also claiming the 50 free in 23.88.

Danielle Albright of Tulare Western had wins in the 500 free (5:11.07) and 100 breast (1:05.67), while Adria Golla of Bakersfield was also a double winner in the 100 fly (58.28) and 100 back (59.04).

Other individual wins went to Madera’s Tara Goertzen in the 200 free (1:55.59) and Mt. Whitney’s Layla Flores in the 200 IM (2:09.32). In the relays, Tehachapi won the 200 medley, Wasco Union the 200 free and Madera the 400 free.

Girls Final Team Scores

  1. Madera, 256
  2. Bakersfield Christian, 216
  3. Selma, 203
  4. Bakersfield, 171
  5. Kingsburg, 165


The two records for the boys both came in relays, as Kingsburg went 1:38.40 in the 200 medley to get under El Diamante’s 2016 mark of 1:39.39, and also took out the 2014 record of Clovis North (3:16.62) with a swim of 3:15.36 in the prelims 400 free relay. Porterville would end up topping them in the final in 3:15.60, and they also won the 200 free relay in 1:29.60.

Alonso Escobedo of Hansford West was one of two to double up individually, taking the 200 IM (1:56.64) and 500 free (4:45.91). Jonas Huckabay of Kingsburg, the runner-up in that 500 (4:48.96), picked up the win in the 200 free in 1:45.25.

The other to win a pair of events was Grant Snyder of Porterville, as he dismantled the field in both the 50 (21.45) and 100 free (47.04). His swim in the 100 wasn’t far off the existing D2 record of 46.82.

Other notable performers for the boys were Garrison Price of Coalinga and Nathan Roodzant of Bakersfield Christian. The two of them went 1-2 in the 100 fly and 100 back, trading places at the top. Price won the 100 fly in 51.10 over Roodzant (52.17), and then Roodzant (53.34) returned the favor in the 100 back (Price was 53.71).

The other individual winner on the day was Kingsburg’s Wyatt Ward, who technically won the 100 breast in 1:00.07 after defending champ Preston Niayesh of El Diamante (and the rest of his team) was involved with an entry issue, causing them to swim without scoring. He went a 57.17, shattering his 58.71 D2 record. Fellow El Diamante swimmer Chase Canterbury was in the same situation in the 50 free, swimming the fastest time in 21.18.

Boys Final Team Scores

  1. Kingsburg, 321
  2. Porterville, 237
  3. Bakersfield Christian, 167
  4. Coalinga, 161
  5. Exeter Union, 122.5

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There is a correction to this article. Preston Niayesh was not disqualified. His time stands and was invited to the State Meet. Due to an entry snafu, he was able to compete but could not score points for his team. In fact all of the El Diamante boys had to swim as individuals with no points. First place in the 50 free actually went to another phenomenal El Diamante swimmer, Chase Canterbury with a 21.18. He also qualified with his time for States and is listed in the State psych sheet. There was a huge write up in the local paper about what happened. No, I am not either of the boys mother, however I do know the swimmers. Congrats… Read more »

Julie Huckabay

Kingsburg High School actually broke the 400 relay Record on Friday with a time of 3:15.36

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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