CLOVIS, CA: The Martin Luther King High School swim team took a major leap in the competitive arena last weekend in Clovis, CA by finishing fourth overall in the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships. Taking just four girls to the Central Valley, Coach Leisha Clendenen’s Lady Wolves made it a goal to make it to finals in all events entered. They did that in both relays and four individual events swimming best times in the process. On Saturday, May 21, the Wolves started the day taking fifth in the medley relay and breaking their own school record. Claire Fisch broke the 23 second barrier in the 50 free and 50 second barrier in the 100 resetting her school record in the process, finishing in 3rd in both events. Lauren Vitort rallied from her day one success and new school records, by finishing 4th and 6th in her 200 and 500 freestyle events. The Wolves had a brief lead in the team ranking above top-ranked Crean Lutheran, but then moved down to 6th heading into the 400 freestyle relays.
The girls knew they could do something really big in the last event of the weekend and took it out fast, but still in 5th place with Courtney Vincent and Anissa Barroso splitting their best times in 52. 65 and 52.34. The lone Sophomore on the team, Vitort, used her huge kick to pull the team into second place by the time her leg was complete. Her 50. 65 gave Fisch the energy to take on Clovis East High School and take the lead with a 50 to go, finishing in a 49.15. Fisch held her competitors off giving her team a state title and All-American time bring home the first State Title for King High School since 2002.
The Riverside Press Enterprise story is here.