AARON BARNETT swims the butterfly leg of the 200 individual medley during Sonora's 140-36 win over Pitman yesterday at Sonora Pool. Barnett won the race in 2:31.49. (Amy Alonzo/Copyright 2003, The Union Democrat).
Sonora High School began its Valley Oak League swimming season yesterday with easy girls' and boys' victories over Pitman of Turlock at Sonora Pool.
The defending-champion girls won 133-12, while the boys prevailed 140-36 over the Pride, a new school which was swimming the first meet in its history.
A girls' highlight was Alison Gourley swimming a lightning 50-yard freestyle relay split of 24.03 seconds, a personal best by more than two seconds. No one could at first believe the swiftness of the time, especially for the first meet.
"I triple-checked," Sonora coach LaDeane Hansten said.
Gourley also posted Sac-Joaquin Section qualifying times while winning the 100 butterfly (1:07.06) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.36).
Also, Katie Baier swam a Sac-Joaquin Section qualifying time of 25.86 while winning the regular 50 free, Melisa Hough swam qualifiers while taking the 200 free (2:08.50) and the 500 free (5:41.24), and Kristi Calbert qualified while winning the 200 individual medley (2:29.78) and taking second in the 100 breast (1:17.97).
Freshman Corynne Guthrie swam a frosh-soph qualifying time in the 100 fly (1:11.93), while Becky Clinite got one in the 100 breast (1:19.88). Clinite, a sophomore, was named girls' swimmer of the meet by Hansten.
Guthrie and fellow frosh Jillian Hunt tied for first place in the 100 backstroke (1:13.55), frosh Patty Allen won the 100 free (1:03.58), and Sonora swept the 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free relays.
Lauren Rogers, Calbert, Cammy Fumar, and Gourley took the medley (2:10.46); Allen, Shannon Connant, Fumar, and Gourley the 200 free (1:55.15); and Rogers, Fumar, Hunt, and Lisa Watts the 400 free (4:24.95).