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Fisicaro, Stone & Ochoa will lead Ceres Highs varsity swimming program
Crosstown-rival CV nearly triples its roster size from a season ago
Ceres Highs Haley Fisicaro loosens up before competing at the 2012 WAC finals. Haley helped lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish. Fisicaro and Ceres High expect to do well again this year. - photo by Dale Butler

Haley Fisicaro has been a model of consistency since joining Ceres High School's girls swim program as a freshman in 2010.

"She's been one of the most dedicated swimmers in the time I've been coaching," Bulldogs fifth-year leader Rebecca Sanders said. "She does well in everything she's in."

Haley took second in the 50 free and 100 fly at the Western Athletic Conference Championships her junior year.

Fisicaro, 2012 Ceres High grads Maureen Nelson, Megan Braverman and Tori Gunzenhauser represented Ceres High at the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials for the third year in a row.

Haley finished 27th in the 100 fly and 36th in the 50 free.

The Bulldogs' 400 free relay team of Fisicaro, Gunzenhauser, Braverman and Nelson placed 20th.

Ceres High's 200 medley relay team of Fisicaro, Gunzenhauser, Nelson and Braverman placed 33rd.

Haley's main events will be the 100 fly, 100 free and 50 free.

Fisicaro will also compete in other races.

"She wants to branch out and try different things," Sanders said. "She wants to qualify for sections in everything. If she sets her mind to it, it's certainly possible."

Other Bulldog returners expected to contribute this season include Kim Cuevas (Sr.), Raquel Flud (Sr.), Holly Lackey (Sr.), Emily Chapman (Jr.), Cassidy Hines (Jr.), Samantha Le (Jr.) and Jasmine Connolly (So.).

Connolly placed eighth in the 200 free at the 2012 WAC Championships.

"We have a lot of new swimmers," Sanders said. "I'd really like to take a few individuals and relay teams to sections."

Jacob Stone (Sr.), Samuel Ochoa (Sr.), Cody Azevedo (Sr.), Manuel Hernandez (Sr.), Mario Gonzalez (Sr.), Damien Underwood (Sr.), Stefan Perry (Jr.), Erik Weststeyn (So.) and Bobby Baranski (Fr.) will lead Ceres High's boys swim team.

Stone placed first in the 100 fly at the WAC finals last year.

Hernandez placed fourth in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free.

Perry placed fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 IM.

Ochoa placed fifth in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Weststeyn placed sixth in the 100 fly.

Azevedo placed seventh in the 200 free and 500 free.

Gonzalez placed eighth in the 100 back.

"We have a good group out there," Sanders said. "They're working hard."

Fisicaro, Stone and Ochoa were selected team captains by their peers.

Ceres High's boys and girls both finished in second place at the WAC year-end meet a season ago.

Hawks optimistic
Central Valley's varsity swim program nearly tripled its roster size, up from 13 to 38.

"It's nice to have numbers," head coach Sarah Willems said. "A lot of the returning swimmers talked to other kids at the school. They deserve all the credit."

Savanna Alvear (Sr.), Eve Bratenas (Fr.), Simiran Dosanjh (So.), Bianca Zuniga (Jr.), Daisy Robles (Jr.), Jessica Muci (Jr.), Naomi Torres (So.), Victoria Navarro (So.), Nancy Laiton (Jr.), Abigail Cuevas (Jr.), Stephany Navarro (Jr.), Sorrayar Sounthala (So.), Marissa Ortega (Sr.) and Deja Jackson (Sr.) will lead Central Valley's girls squad.

Alvear finished fourth in the 100 back and eighth in the 50 free at last year's WAC finals.

"Savanna's been with me for four years," Willems said. "She knows what I expect. She wants to go to sections this year. She totally has the potential to do it."

Jesse Magana (Sr.), Thomas Rogers (Jr.), Branden Burton (So.), Kevin Martinez (Jr.), Jose Robles (Jr.), David Saucedo (Jr.), Andrew Serratos (Fr.) and Cameron Tucker (So.) will lead Central Valley's boys team.

Magana placed 13th in the 100 back and 25th in the 100 free during WAC Championships in 2012.

Rogers placed 14th in the 100 breast and 15th in the 50 free.

Central Valley's girls (sixth) and boys (last) struggled at the conference finals last year.

"It's refreshing to have such a big team now," Willems said. "Now, we can actually compete as a team."