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Tolman advances to 2nd day of inaugural CIF Championships
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Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state’s top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.

He put forth strong efforts in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, qualifying for the consolation finals of the first-ever CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships while breaking his own school record in the process.

Tolman shaved two one-hundredths off his 50 free time, earning the overall No. 14 seed in 21.28 seconds. Albert Gwo of Los Altos turned in the fastest time in 20.08 seconds. Seven of the finalists clocked sub-21-second times.

Tolman finished 12th in the breaststroke in 56.82, though his time from last week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (56.28) would have put him in with the top-eight group for the finals. Hank Poppe of San Ramon and Tyler Lin of Corona del Mar tied for the top seed in 55.03.

Tolman was the runner-up in both events at the SJS meet, when he was part of four school-record performances (200 medley relay, 400 free relay).

Day 2 begins with the diving finals at 8:30 a.m. The swim finals will follow at 2:30. The top six finishers in each final race will be awarded medals.