Stockdale's Brock Bonetti and Frontier's Jorie Caneta, bright stars in the world of high school swimming, both have their eyes set on records this month and much more later in the summer.
But they took the chance to soak up one last old-fashioned high school dual meet Friday at Silvercreek Park, swimming different events and mixing it up with friends.
"It's just fun to swim in one last dual," Bonetti said. "It's fun with high school swimming, because I get questions from swimmers every day about training or technique. And it's cool; if I can help with one thing, you can really see the difference."
Bonetti won the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.69) and the 100 backstroke (54.03), and he was a part of victories in the 200 medley relay (1:44.79) and the 400 free relay (3:28.31), leading Stockdale to a 97-86 victory over Frontier in the boys dual and the Mustangs to a second-place finish in the Southwest Yosemite League standings with the league championships next Saturday at Bakersfield College.
After that, Bonetti will move on to the Central Section championships May 16-17 at Clovis North, where the section 100 backstroke record (49.61) is well within his reach. After that, he'll compete in both the junior and senior national championships this summer before heading to Texas A&M on scholarship.
"I'm going to keep training and then taper for nationals," said Bonetti, whose personal best in the 100 back is 47.66 in a non-high school event. "What we're going to do is just take a few days off before Valley so I can try to get that backstroke record."
Setting section records is no strange feat for Caneta, who will attempt to break the section 100 breaststroke record at Clovis North for the fourth consecutive year.
"My main focus is some of the big meets during the summer, but it's still a big goal to break the Valley record again," Caneta said.
On Friday, Caneta won the 200 IM (2:18.50) and the 50 freestyle (25.59) and helped Frontier win the 200 medley relay (2:26.31) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.23). But she sat out her signature event, the breastroke.
"Training-wise, it's always good to race anything and everything," she said. "And it's nice to get a break from my normal events, too."
Despite Caneta's efforts, Stockdale's girls team won 99.5-69.5 to finish 3-2 in the SWYL.
Tatum Collatz, the area's best backstroker and one of its best sprinters, anchored the 400 relay after winning the 100 backstroke easily in 1:03.69.
"She's another one same as Brock," Stockdale coach Clark Jue said. "They're stars, but they're always there to help out their teammates any way they can."
Frontier's Evan Rabanal won both the 200 free (1:50.16) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.61), and he swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay. Lindsey Paulson won two events for the Mustangs, the 200 freestyle (2:19.09) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.34), and she also swam on the victory-clinching 400 relay.
"It's always team-first for our program," Jue said. "We might have some great swimmers, but it's always about what you can do for the team over the individual."