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SWIMMING: Sierra sweeps East Union
Freshman Jennifer Graves shines for Timberwolves
Bulletin sports 2020-21
Sierra's Taylor Miske was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 13.09 seconds. - photo by Dave Campbell

Bulletin sports 2020-21
Sierra's Moises Alvarado was second in the 100-yard back stroke in 1 minute, 30.06 seconds. - photo by Dave Campbell
Sierra rolled to a pair Valley Oak League swim victories over host East Union on Friday, taking the girls contest 113-46 and the boys, 78-30.

As she has been all year, freshman Jennifer Graves was on fire for the Timberwolves, winning the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 40.68 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:25.10) as well as being on the winning relay teams of 200 medley (2:20.84) and 200 freestyle (2:03.22) with Lauren Ellis, Becca Thomson and Marisa Rush. 

“Jennifer has been a lift to this team with what she can do,” Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher said. “She won both her races today.”

Holmes and Ellis each won a pair of firsts with Holmes taking the 200 freestyle (2:38.97) and 100 freestyle (1:11.87) and Ellis winning 100 backstroke (1:22.53) and 100 breaststroke (1:34.09). Thomson won the 50 freestyle (29.78) and was on the winning 400 free relay team (5:01.32) with Molly Fadeef, Taylor Miske and Hailey Butticci. 

The Lancers’ Yocelyn Torres won the 100 butterfly (1:34.37). 

East Union’s Brian Lagua closed half a pool length on the anchor leg of the 200 free relay to give the Lancers a win by less than a second in 1:56.87. Lagua also won the 200 freestyle (2:42.03).  

 “Usually I am pretty nervous but I came into today not stressing about things,” Lagua said. “I felt pretty confident in my strokes.

“In the 200 free I just focused on keeping a good pace throughout the whole thing and in the 200 free relay I did not want to let the team down.”

Sierra’s Zach Van Zwaluwenburg won the 200 individual medley (2:39.35) and 100 breast stroke (1:19.94) as well the 200 medley relay (2:05.81) with Gabriel Monasterio, Jordan Shinn and Moises Alvarado.

Monasterio won the 100 butterfly (1:17.15) and 100 backstroke (1:21.22), Shinn won the 50 freestyle (24.72) and 100 free (59.03) and Joshua Thomas won the 500 freestyle (8:45.69) and was joined by Raymond Martinez, Jacob Hargus and Alvarado to win the 400 free relay (5:16.13).