The Los Banos boys and girls swim teams won their final dual meets April 17 to seal their fourth straight Western Athletic Conference titles.
Through all four seasons, the boys and girls squads have gone undefeated in league duals.
“It’s exciting, because it’s kind of like the new swimmers are getting a taste of being part of a championship-caliber team,” Los Banos coach Drew Guintini said. “Hopefully that will drive the freshmen and keep them going. The competition is getting tougher every year. Ceres was tough this year, we have a new team in next year in El Capitan, so hopefully the younger swimmers can keep it going.”
Guintini said he does have a celebration planned that will probably involve pizza, but first was the matter of the WAC championship meet, which was moved up from Saturday to Thursday (results were unavailable at press time). The date was moved because Livingston’s team had a conflict with another school activity.
“We were kind of on a tapering mode anyway, so it doesn’t really hurt us,” Guintini said. “Hopefully they’ll be rested. It throws a wrench in it for me because I’m running the meet.”
The WAC meet doesn’t figure into the final league standings – that is decided by dual records alone. But it gives swimmers a chance to make better times.
“The thing with the WAC championship, it does mean something because you want to win,” Guintini said, “but it’s really a last chance for those swimmers that are on the bubble for section times.”
Prior to the WAC finals, Los Banos had several swimmers that have already met those times – Irene Duke in the 100-yard butterfly, Alex Marquez in the 100-yard freestyle, plus the varsity and junior-varsity girls teams in both the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay and the varsity and JV boys teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.
But there were also a few that are right there with this last chance to make it. Guintini said Jared Benitez in the backstroke and Paul Reyes in the butterfly were the closest.
Pacheco also had a chance to show its mettle after 2-4 finishes in boys and girls standings.