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State swim meet marks end of season for top locals

By in Press Enterprise on May 19, 2017

By Gabriel Rizk

The 2017 CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships begin Friday at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex with preliminary heats. The cutoff for returning to Saturday’s finals is a top-16 prelim finish with the top eight qualifiers going into championship heats and the next eight filling consolation heats.

Temecula Chaparral’s Liberty Gilbert and Madison Frederick, as well as two of the Pumas’ relays, Riverside King’s Lauren Vitort and Liberty Williams of Redlands East Valley would appear to have the best shot among locals to make a championship heat.

Gilbert’s freshman year came to a crescendo on Saturday at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, where she finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Those performances earned her the No. 3 seed in the 200 free (1:48.59) and the No. 8 seed in the 100 back (54.95).

Frederick, a senior, had a strong Division 2 meet, as well, taking third in the 50 free (23.55), and fourth in the 100 free (50.89), where she is seeded eighth for state. As the 11th seed in the 50 free, she is an outside candidate to make a finals heat.

Gilbert and Frederick will also team with Megan Kelley and Caroline Katzmann as the eighth-seeded team in the 200-free relay (1:36.14) and the No. 6 seed in the 400-free relay (3:27.70). The Pumas are coming off a Division 2 title in the 400-free relay.

Vitort, the lone returner from the Wolves’ 2016 state-champion 400-free relay that keyed a fourth-place team finish, is seeded fourth in the 200 free (1:48.83) coming off placing fourth in Division 2. She’s also seeded 12th in the 500 free (4:54.70).

Williams enters the 500 free as the No. 5 seed (4:51.34) after taking third in the event in Division 2 and she’s also seeded on the cusp of finals qualification at No. 16 […]    

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