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Swim Meet Results: Southwest and Imperial at PVVHS


By Robert JENSEN
The Desert Independent

May 3, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – Two more CIF Swim Meets were held the last week of April at the Palo Verde Valley High School competition pool. A packed parking lot spoke of the interest the community has taken in watching local swimmers compete against more seasoned teams.

The High School swim team was formed last spring against the odds of a highly restrictive sports budget. Two elementary teachers – Emily Chute and Addie Iwai – got the program off the ground by volunteering their services as coaches. A few weeks ago, a new teacher to the district, Kim Valenzuela, also offered her voluntary expertise as an assistant coach as well.

The results of the past two meets as reported by Ms. Valenzuela follow:

April 24 Meet:

We hosted the Southwest Eagles on Tuesday, April 24th. They too had a very large team; therefore we were outnumbered again in every event. Though, our swimmers did have some successes.

For the girls, Tabitha Hyduke placed 3rd in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Carley Teater placed 3rd in the 200 individual medley. Haily Chute placed 3rd in the 50 freestyle and in the 100 breast stroke. Margaret Robertson placed 2nd in the 100 butterfly and 1st in the 100 breast stroke. The lady jackets placed 2nd 2nd in the 200 medley relay and 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay.

For the boys, Majerle Salazar placed 3rd in the 50 freestyle. T.J. Koivisto placed 2nd in the100 freestyle and in the 100 backstroke. The boys placed 2nd in the 200 medley relay and 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay.

Swimmers of the meet were Tabitha Hyduke and Brendan Holmes. Brendan dropped 2 seconds off of his 200 meter freestyle, despite being sick. Tabitha is a consist point scorer for the girls and is a role model for the younger ladies on the team.

April 26 Meet:

We swam against the Imperial Tigers. We were not outnumbered for this meet. The boy’s team was able to beat the Imperial boys.

For the girls, Tabitha Hyduke placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle and in the 100 freestyle. Carley Teater placed 3rd in the 200 individual medley and 2nd in the 500 freestyle. Margaret Robertson placed 1st in the 100 butterfly and 2nd in the 100 breast stroke. Doreen Vasquez placed 3rd in the 100 back stroke. In the relays, the lady jackets placed 2nd in the 200 medley relay and 3rd in the 200 freestyle relay.

For the boys, Pedro Espinoza placed 1st in the 200 individual medley and 2nd in the 100 breast stroke. Majerle Salazar placed 2nd in the 50 freestyle and in the 100 backstroke. Robert Flores placed 3rd in the 50 freestyle and1st in the 100 freestyle. Ryan Shields placed 1st in the 100 butterfly. T.J. Koivisto placed 2nd in the 100 freestyle and 1st in the 100 backstroke. Brendan Holmes placed 1st in the 200 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 breaststroke. In the relays, the boys placed 1st in the 200 medley relay and a 1st and 2rd place in the 200 freestyle relay.

Swimmers of the meet were Carley Teater and Pedro Espinoza. They were chosen because they voluntarily swam two of the toughest events of the meet. Both Carley and Pedro swam the 200 individual medley and Carley swam the 500 freestyle.

On Tuesday, May 1st we will travel to Brawley and on Thursday, May 3rd we will travel to Calipatria.



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