Student Athletes make splash at West Valley

Mountain Pass League Swim Finals took place at WVHS last Thursday

Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Swimmers take their marks at the Mountain Pass league swim finals on Thursday.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

Cooling off after a long school day is crucial, and when you can hop in the pool, it’s even more effective. Swimmers from across the Mountain Pass League could agree that meeting up at West Valley High School on Thursday, May 3 for the league’s swim finals was a welcome break. But this was no pool party; rather a serious competition.
West Valley Coach Rob Avila helped coordinate the meet, and says it was both an honor and a lot of work to have at West Valley. “It’s a lot of work,” said Avila. “It’s great to be able to be at our home pool, but it takes a lot to set up and the kids are really happy to be here.”
(NOTE: San Jacinto does not currently participate, as they have yet to install a pool and no adequate facilities are yet available in San Jacinto.)
From the time swimmers hit the water to the time they hit the timers to finish, many of their friends cheered them on and took photos and video by the poolside. Here are the winners in each event:

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Great job, guys!

– Women 200 Yard Medley Relay: Beaumont, 2:01.45
– Men 200 Yard Medley Relay: West Valley, 1:42.86
– Women 200 Yard Freestyle: Katlyn Bradbury, Beaumont, 2:00.30
– Men 200 Yard Freestyle: Trevor Jicha, Hemet, 1:47.61
– Women 200 Yard IM: Evamarie Vilchez, Beaumont, 2:26.23
– Men 200 Yard IM: Nathan Vasquez, Beaumont, 2:07.04
– Women 50 Yard Freestyle: Mya Jackson, Hemet, 23.80
– Men 50 Yard Freestyle: Elikai Crompton, West Valley, 21.45
– Women 100 Yard Butterfly: Raelee Taylor, West Valley, 1:04.36
– Men 100 Yard Butterfly: Trevor Jicha, Hemet, 54.99
– Women 100 Yard Freestyle: Mya Jackson, Hemet, 52.28
– Men 100 Yard Freestyle: Elikai Crompton, West Valley, 47.06
– Women 500 Yard Freestyle: Amy Calderwood, Beaumont, 5:36.50
– Men 500 Yard Freestyle: Jared Cripe, Hemet, 4:54.90
– Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Hemet, 1:45.00
– Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: West Valley, 1:30.72
– Women 100 Yard Backstroke: Raelee Taylor, West Valley, 1:05.75
– Men 100 Yard Backstroke: Jeffery Walch, West Valley, 1:00.78
– Women 100 Yard Breaststroke: Katlyn Bradbury, Beaumont, 1:10.69
– Men 100 Yard Breaststroke: Jake Paulino, West Valley, 59.81
– Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Beaumont, 3:49.26
– Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Beaumont, 3:27.78

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
From the time swimmers hit the water to the time they hit the timers to finish, many of their friends cheered them on and took photos and video by the poolside.

This is how the ladies did overall:
– Beaumont’s girls took first with 583 points
– Hemet’s Lady Bulldogs brought in a commendable 460
– West Valley ran home with 358 points
– Tahquitz’ girls took in 144 points
– Citrus Hill managed to squeeze in 140 points.

And here are the gents’ numbers:
– The Cougars took 552 points back to Beaumont
– West Valley took silver with 375 points
– Hemet’s boys took home a respectable 228 points
– The boys in green managed 204 points for Tahquitz
– The Citrus Hill Hawks brought up the rear with 166 points.

These Mustang swimmers took League Championships for West Valley:
Girls:
– Raelee Taylor: 1st place in 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke.

Boys:
– 200 Medley Relay: Jeff Walch, Jake Paulino, Elikai Crompton, Anthony Brunello – First Place
– 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Walch, Paulino, Crompton and Brunello also took first place, tying for the League Record and setting a new school record
– Elikai Crompton – First place in the 50 Yard Freestyle and set new school record. Also 1st Place in 100 Free and set new League and School Record
– Jake Paulino – 1st Place in 100 Yard Breaststroke, setting a new League Record and new school record.
– Walch was the league champion in the 100 Yard Backstroke
– According to Avila, Elikai Crompton is the Mountain Pass League Swimmer of the Year for 2018.

Don’t be surprised at West Valley’s results, as the Mustangs up to this point have a league record of 6-2.

Congratulations to our record breakers here today! And to any of our readers who may be from Beaumont, congratulations to your Cougars. It takes class to know when one has been defeated by another class!

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