Swimmers finish with relay record


LODI The Sonora High School girls' swim team capped its season by setting a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay during Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section Finals at Tokay High.

Junior Katie Baier, senior Alison Gourley and juniors Lauren Foster and Melisa Hough, swimming in that order, posted a time of 1 minute, 46.97 seconds while winning the consolation heat.

Sonora coach LaDeane Hansten usually picks one of her performers as swimmer of the meet in a given competition. She couldn't distinguish this time.

"They're all swimmers of the meet," Hansten said. "Katie had a great meet, Lauren swam another personal best, Melisa went 25.93 (in her relay leg) and Ali got to beat (Valley Oak League rival) Sierra (of Manteca) in her last race for Sonora High."

Baier also finished eighth in the 50 free in 25.21 and Hough eighth in the 200 free in 2:00.86, a personal best by 66-hundreths of a second; Hough was 12th and Gourley 13th, respectively, in the 500 in 5:26.24 and 5:28.32; Gourley was 12th in the 200 individual medley in 2:18.94; and Baier was 13th in the 100 free in 55.20.

Baier made the championship heat in the 50 and Hough in the 500.

For the Sonora boys, who swam in the trials Friday, senior Josh Land, juniors Derek Drennan and Curtis Rappe, and senior Matt Yacovetti qualified 14th in the 400 free relay (3:40.39).

Both the girls' and boys' teams went into the section meet after winning Valley Oak League championships the girls their second straight and the boys their second in four years.

Davis of Yolo County won section team titles in both divisions.

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