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Swimmers bound for section meet

The western Nevada County swimming contingent traveling to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section swimming trials today and Friday at Tokay High School in Lodi is larger this season compared to last year.

This year, Bear River is sending 15 varsity swimmers to the meet, with Nevada Union’s group set at 27 swimmers. Last season, the Bruins had nine qualify and the Miners 24.

Because of the sheer number of swimmers that qualify for the meet, the section runs two trial meets with the girls swimming today and the boys swimming Friday. The finals for boys and girls will take place Saturday.

Only the top 16 swimmers in each of the 11 events will move on to compete in Saturday’s finals. The top eight will race in the championship finals and the next eight in the consolation finals.

Bear River is sending three entries to the trials, all relay teams.

Caitlin Billingham, Adrienne Brown, Shannon Dayton and Jessica Agnew will team up to swim the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

The Nevada Union squad consists of nine girls and six boys.

Whitney Stephenson will swim the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, Caitlin Lee the 200 and 500 freestyles, Colleen Heauser the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, Hayley Porter 50 and 100 freestyles, Shiloh Fish 50 free and 100 fly, Shanna Stefani the 50 free and 100 back, Stephanie Larson the 50 free, Jamie Davis and 100 breast and Allysa Pattee the 100 breast.

Last year, Stephenson finished fourth in the 100 backstroke and looks to challenge for a section title in her final high school meet. The outlook also looks favorable for Lee, Heauser and Porter to swim in the finals.

Swimming the 200 medley relay will be Stephenson, Lee, Heauser and Porter. Fish, Stefani, Larson and Porter will team up in the 200 freestyle relay with Lee, Heauser, Fish and Stephenson swimming the 400 freestyle relay.

For the NU boys, Drew Harris will swim the 100 and 200 freestyles, Jon Huffman-Eddy the 200 and 500 freestyles, Kyle Virva the 200 free and 100 fly, Jordan Golnik the 50 and 100 freestyles, Jason Tilly the 200 free and 100 fly and Nicholas Ingersoll the 200 I.M. and the 100 breast.

Last season, Harris was third in the individual medley and fifth in the 100 free, but opted to compete for a section title this year in the 100 and 200 freestyles. Huffman-Eddy looks to be a favorite to swim in the finals in both of his events, with Ingersoll doing so in the 100 breast.

Like the girls, the boys will also send three relays teams. In the medley relay will be Harris, Ingersoll, Virva and Golnik. Swimming the 200 freestyle relay is Golnik, Ingersoll, Tilly and Huffman-Eddy, with Harris, Tilly, Virva and Huffman-Eddy set to go in the 400 freestyle relay.

“Both of our teams look very good this year,” Nevada Union coach John Sultan said. “I think they will score very well as a team all the way through. This will also be the first time we are sending swimmers for all 12 relays at the meet.

“The goal for both the girls and the boys is to finish in the top three as a team.”

The bulk of the Bear River swimmers going to the section trials will compete in the frosh/soph division.

Allison Dayton will swim the 100 fly, while Stephanie Ursiny and Elana Faria will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyles. All three will swim in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with Hannah Morehouse swimming in the 200 relay and Chloe Lyon in the 400 relay.

Sophomore Chase Roger is back again to swim the 50 and 100 freestyles after finishing sixth in the 50 freestyle at last year’s meet. Ryan Bock will enter the 100 back, with Bryan Agnew swimming the 50 free.

Rogers, Bock, Agnew and Robbie Stoddart team up in the 200 and 400 free relays, with Bock, Agnew, Stoddart and Kyler Leventin racing in the 200 medley relay.

Nevada Union is sending 12 frosh/soph swimmers to the meet.

Christina Pettinato is set for the 100 fly, with Ashleigh Harris going in the 200 free and 100 breast.

Harris, Pettinato, Justina Dunne and Rachelle Eckhardt team up in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Pettinato, Dunne, Eckhardt and Rebecca Lamb will swim the 200 free relay.

The NU frosh/soph boys will be busy as well with Gabriel Ingersoll and David Monroe swimming the 200 and 500 freestyles, Elitt Golnik the 50 and 100 freestyles, Mike Saturnino the 50 free and 100 fly, Jason Cobbe the 50 free and Eric Wurster the 500 free and 100 back.

Ingersoll, Golnik, Saturnino and Cobbe will swim the 200 free relay. Monroe, Ingersoll, Cobbe and Golnik will take to the water in the 400 free relay with Wurster, Colton Fagundes, Saturnino and Monroe swimming the 200 medley relay.

To contact sports writer Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

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