Bruins churn to titles

PVL Swimming Championships
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Colfax High girls edged out Bear River in the first event at the Pioneer Valley League Swimming Championships Saturday at Lake of the Pines. The Bruins made sure that was a rare occurrence the rest of the day as they swept the PVL in their home pool. After claiming both boys and girls regular season titles the Bruins dominated the PVL finale with their depth and young talent. The Bear River girls scored 571 points to win by nearly 200 points over second-place Placer Colfax was third with 297 points despite the efforts of senior Jessica Glazner and junior Presley Wetterstrom. The Bruin boys beat out runner-up Center, scoring 406 to the Cougars’ 329. Colfax was third with 319. Freshman Hayley Winter and junior Haley Jungers scored big points for the Bruins. Winter took the 200-yard freestyle title in 1 minute, 58.36 seconds. She was also first in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.78 and swam on two relay squads. Jungers took the 100 free title in 57.56, the 100 backstroke in 1:08.50 and helped out with two relay teams. Zoe Schlussell, Andrea Bock, Alyse Whiting, Rebecca Volek, Brittany Tyra and Kara Dodd were also major contributors for the Bruin girls, many of whom will move on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, May 12-14 in Lodi. Glazner was impressive in winning the 50 free in 26.96 and the 100 butterfly in 1:05.09. Wetterstrom won the 200 individual medley by a whopping 21 seconds with a time of 2:16.79.. In the 100 breaststroke she also broke away from the pack to win in 1:09.37. The Bear River boys made history with their win, bringing home the first league banner in school history. Josh Cutter and Garrat Johnson made it look easy, while Austin Diemer pulled off one of the more stunning victories of the day. Cutter, a lanky sophomore, cruised to wins in the 200 I.M. in 2:02.91 and the 100 backstroke in 58.21. Johnson blazed to wins in the 50 free in 22.64, and the 100 free in 48.89. Both were involved in two relays as the Bruins swept the three events. Diemer had an appendectomy a month ago, but showed that he was back to 100 percent on Saturday by topping Lincoln standout Brett Berger to win the 200 free. Diemer took the lead midway through the race and held off a late charge to win with a 1:51.10. Berger clocked in at 1:51.15. Berger came back to hold off Diemer in the 500 free. It was the only boys event of the day that Bear River did not win. Sophomore Brent Wenger and juniors Jake Armstrong, Cameron Cornejo, Justin Duffy and Travis Marks also made excellent contributions for the Bruins.