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Outstanding showing for CV girls
Central Valley High School's varsity girls swim program earned its highest finish in school history at the Valley Oak League championships on Saturday, May 1 in Manteca.

The Hawks placed fourth in the team standings with 42 points. Central Valley finished ahead of Manteca (40), East Union (32), Ceres High (29) and Weston Ranch (10). Oakdale (132), Sierra (126) and Sonora (101) took first, second and third, respectively.

"I just told the kids to do their best," Hawks head coach Sarah Willems said. "I wasn't expecting that. I'm really happy."

Taylor Rogers, Cierra Alvear, Savanna Alvear and Jasmine Smith all contributed to Central Valley's point total.

Rogers placed second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free. Taylor finished the 100 free in 1:00.26. She would have qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships if she completed the event in 59 seconds. Rogers earned a section berth in the 50 free earlier this season.

"She's been swimming consistently all year," Willems said.

Cierra Alvear placed third in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 IM. She trimmed close to three seconds off her previous-best time in the breast. Cierra just missed securing a berth to sections.

"That's a really big improvement," Willems said. "I'm proud of her."

The 200 free relay team of Cierra Alvear, Savanna Alvear, Smith and Rogers placed fourth (1:54.85). The quartet fell just 0.85 seconds shy of the section qualifying standard.

"They were upset about that," Willems said.

Cierra, Savanna, Jasmine and Taylor also teamed up to place fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Savanna Alvear placed ninth in the 100 back.

Central Valley's boys totaled 14 points en route to an eighth-place showing at the VOL championships at Sierra High School.

The Hawks topped Patterson (10) and Weston Ranch (5).

Oakdale (136), Sonora (133), Sierra (74), Ripon (42), Ceres High (36), Manteca (35) and East Union (33) finished first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the team standings.

"That was to be expected because we didn't have a lot of kids out there," Willems said. "I'm not disappointed at all. I'm really happy with how they did."

Central Valley's three relay teams earned points.

The 200 medley relay team of Abraham Navarro, Genaro Hernandez, Jesus Espinoza and Austin Roberts placed sixth.

Roberts, Billy Gonzalez, Navarro and Espinoza, Central Valley's 200 free relay team, also finished in sixth place.

The 400 free relay team of Jesse Magana, Danny Suarez, Gonzalez and Andrew Vazquez placed eighth.

Navarro, Hernandez, Espinoza, Roberts, Magana, Suarez and Vazquez didn't experience as much success in their individual events

Genaro placed ninth in the 100 breast.

Abraham placed 11th in the 100 fly.

Jesus placed 11th in the 100 free.

Austin placed 14th in the 100 free.

Andrew placed 14th in the 500 free.

Jesse placed 25th in the 100 free.

Danny placed 32nd in the 50 free.