The 2019 swim season is well underway in the Central California Athletic League, and with one league twin remaining on the agenda, it looks as if the first-ever CCAL winner will come from the metropolis of Turlock while the pinnacle boys groups square off for one very last twin.
Sitting at three-1, Turlock is currently in the second vicinity in the league whilst the Pitman Pride boys are off to a hot start and are best at 4-0 in the first 12 months for veteran head train Mark Garrett.
“Swimming is all about our bodies,” said Garrett. “The numbers, it’s far all about the numbers, and they offered into the gadget. Everything has a reason, not simply swimming up and down, and I showed our guys that, especially, quite a few the water polo guys who have come out.”
All however considered, one of Garrett’s gamers from varsity water polo is presently on the swimming roster.
Last yr Pitman’s swim group had just seven gamers for the college boys.
These 12 months, they’re already boasting 20.
In 2018, Pitman received a single league dual of their last 12 months competing within the Central California Conference.
This yr, they’ve 4 instances as many, with one twin ultimate.
Some of the Pride standouts include Sean Bernard, Ethan Woodruff, Nolan Lok, and Joe Carlson.
“This is a unique institution of boys here at Pitman, all very academic. They paintings difficult and this is the exceptional group of youngsters I were round in 35 years. Coming here’s a pride every day. They listen; they’re high-quality,” said Garrett.
Turlock has best misplaced to Modesto High, and with three wins, one final victory within the regular season twin finale in opposition to Pitman ought to shake the standings.
The Bulldogs welcome the first yr varsity head teacher and the previous standout Zach Glidden.
At 21-years-antique, Glidden stayed nearby after graduating from Turlock High and is presently a senior at Stanislaus State University.
“I had been an education water polo and swam JV boys since the fall of 2017,” stated Glidden. “I become requested to instruct varsity boys swim with the aid of Mike Brown this year, and so I simply moved up. I also knew the organization moving up heading into this year.”
He did, and that institution of varsity swimmers now includes 5 sophomores and 6 seniors. The relaxation is juniors. The general wide variety of swimmers for Glidden includes 15.
The group is anchored with the aid of several standouts that consist of Michael Tobin and Brandon Dhanowa.
The squad is also made of Ethan Braley, Dylan Newsome, Taylor Ward, Jackson Thomas, Alex Smith, Matt Reis, Joey Perrello, Matteo Pascolati, Jonah May, Billy Marchy, Lance King, Drew Folly, and Andrew Caldera.
“They had been pretty correct so far, and we set high expectations early on, and they are preserving and dropping their instances up to now. Again, PRing in a lot of meets and this is continually desirable to peer and we were doing certainly appropriate in Saturday invitationals,” stated Glidden.
So ways, the boys have taken second on the NorCal Relays and the Ripon Invitational.