Brock Bonetti has a lot of fond memories from his senior year of high school swimming.
Bonetti, the BVarsity Boys Swimmer of the Year, had a spectacular final prep campaign, winning Central Section Division I titles in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke.
However, as grand as all of his individual accomplishments were, the Stockdale standout takes away much more gratification from the team success the Mustangs had this past season.
With Bonetti swimming the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of the day, the Stockdale boys narrowly pulled out three key dual meets over quality opponents.
"A lot people think swimming is more of an individual sport and (that) you just get up and race," Bonetti said. "But when you have your team there with you it really helps you swim a lot faster, and it means a lot to win dual meets and win for your team rather than just yourself."
The BVarsity Boys Diver of the Year is Frontier's Ethan Meadows, who finished second in the Central Section's 1-meter competition with a score of 425.70, behind only Clovis-Buchanan's Connor Cain.
Bonetti, the son of former Bakersfield High swim coach Brett Bonetti, is a swimming technician who has mastered all the different strokes and loves to share his knowledge with teammates, said Stockdale coach Clark Jue.
"At practice he'll step aside and help some kid if they're not doing too well on their starts or their turns or anything else, so they can get stronger and faster," Jue said. "He helps everybody."
That type of selflessness is one example of what makes Bonetti special, but there are other reasons too.
His success is a byproduct of a lot of hard work. Bonetti regularly spends 20 hours a week training, 16 of them in the pool.
"He's really easy to motivate," Jue said. He likes to compete, and he has fun doing it."
Bonetti began swimming competitively at age 4, but by his own admission didn't really start to take the sport ultra-seriously until two years ago, after he twice missed qualifying for junior nationals.
"That really made me think about how I needed to train better and just be more serious," Bonetti said. "That's when I really got aggressive into training and everything just fell together."
The results of a more intense workout schedule were immediate. Bonetti won the D-I section championship in the 100 backstroke his junior year.
This past season, he amped up his 200 IM and underwater training in attempt at netting a pair of individual section titles.
Bonetti posted impressive wins at the section meet in both events. His time of 1:52.63 in the section final of the 200 IM was more than a second faster than runner-up Evan Rabanal of Frontier.
And Bonetti's 50.17 mark in the final of the 100 backstroke was more than two seconds quicker than his closest competition.
"It was a lot of fun," Bonetti said. "I wanted to go out winning two. It meant a lot to win both of them and to just get up there and race my buddies that I've always swam with in club and everything else."
In all, Bonetti brought home four medals from the D-I section meet as he helped Stockdale take third place in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 400 free relay.
Earlier in the year, Bonetti set two meet records at the prestigious Clovis West Invite with times of 1:51.40 in the 200 IM and 49.26 in the 100 backstroke.
A member of Roadrunner Aquatics, Bonetti's personal record in the 100 backstroke is 47.66. His best time ever in the 200 IM is 1:51.35.
This fall, he will attend Texas A&M on a swimming scholarship.
"He going to do well at the next level," Jue said. "He's into all those techniques and everything that helps swimmers become stronger. He can pinpoint things that he's doing to help himself get faster."