by BRIDGET CAHILL
Hanford West hosted WYL this year at Golden West as the seven teams in the league all competed against each other. El Diamante, Golden West, Hanford High, Hanford West, Lemoore, Mt. Whitney, and Redwood all vied for the title of WYL champions. Thursday afternoon began with preliminaries which qualified the top seven from each event to compete on Friday.
In the relays, Aubrey Nunez, Emily Helpio, Allison Baker and Madison Thompson took second in the 200 Medley, barely out touched by Golden West. Callen Bruening, Wesley Hatcher, Greyson Canterbury, and Chase Canterbury took first in the Boys Medley with a 1:42.72. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Emily Patterson, Brenna Hatcher, Madison Thompson, and Andy Morales got second due to the disqualification of Redwood’s A relay. Once again, the boys team consisting of Hatcher, Bruening, and the Canterbury brothers, took first in the Free Relay, swimming a 1:32.81. The Girls 400 Free Relay with Emily Patterson, Maura Patterson, Aubrey Nunez, and Emily Helpio held on to second place and the boys, Stephen Marshall, Michael Diaz, Luke Apodaca, and Austin Martin, finished in third.
As for the individual events, Brenna Hatcher took second in the 200 Yard Freestyle and Stephen Marshall took fifth. Emily Patterson got third in the 200 IM, Callen Bruening received first, followed by his teammate, Greyson Canterbury, in fifth. In the 50 Freestyle, sophomore Andy Morales took second place and Emily Helpio took fifth. Freshman, Emily Patterson, got fifth and Chelsea Battle was out touched by Hanford’s Meghan Wright and received seventh in the 100 Fly. Chase Canterbury proved to be a strong contender as he kept up with Parker Giles, a senior from Hanford, and took second in his fly. Andy Morales once again received a WYL medal in the 100 Yard Free, getting third place. The number one WYL seed, Brenna Hatcher, was unable to keep her seed in the 500 Free, receiving second to Redwood’s Mackenzie Peters. As for the boys team, Stephen Marshall secured third place. Freshman, Aubrey Nunez proved to be a strong competitor out touching Golden West junior, Madeline Pace, as she received first place in the 100 Backstroke with a 1:05.78. Callen Bruening easily took first in the Backstroke with a 53.82 beating his closest opponent by over six seconds; Greyson Canterbury got third. In the Breaststroke, the El Diamante girls occupied three of the seven lanes. Emily Helpio got second to the number one seed, Olivia McKray, and Madison Thompson narrowly lost to Helpio, coming in third. Teammate Maura Patterson came in sixth. Once again, Chase Canterbury proves himself getting a 1:07.18 in the Breaststroke.
Redwood came out on top for both boys and girls, winning the 2015 WYL title. Golden West took second in both, El Diamante received third in both, and the remaining schools were shuffled around for each place.
All WYL finalists will be competing for Valley titles on May 15th and 16th. They will have one last chance to qualify for State which will take place in Clovis the following weekend.