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Friday, May 02 2014 11:05 PM

Stockdale's Bonetti, Frontier's Caneta shine at dual

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Jorie Caneta of Frontier High has great extension and speed in the butterfly portion of the girl's varsity individual medley swim race Friday against Stockdale High at Silvercreek Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Frontier HIgh's Jorie Kaneta comes in well ahead of the others in first place in the girl's varsity individual medley swim race, Friday, at Silvercreek Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Lauren Paulson finishes in a strong second Friday against Frontier High in the girl's varsity individual medley.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Frontier High's Evan Rabanal puts in a good time Friday and finishes in first in the boys' varsity 200 meter freestyle swim race at Silvercreek Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Frontier High's Evan Rabanal finished in first place in the boys' varsity 200 meter freestyle race Friday against Stockdale High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Frontier and Stockdale high boys swimmers get off to a good start Friday in the 200 medley race at Silvercreek Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Frontier HIgh's Kailee Moore swims the breast stroke leg of the girl's 200 medley race Friday against Stockdale High at Silvercreek Park for the junior varsity team.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    And they're off! Swimmers from Stockdale and Frontier high schools compete Friday at Silvercreek Park.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    Umbrellas shielded spectators from the sun Friday during a swimming meet with Stockdale and Frontier high school students held at Silvercreek Park.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Stockdale's Brock Bonetti and Frontier's Jorie Caneta, bright stars in the world of high school swimming, both have their eyes set on records this month and much more later in the summer.

But they took the chance to soak up one last old-fashioned high school dual meet Friday at Silvercreek Park, swimming different events and mixing it up with friends.

"It's just fun to swim in one last dual," Bonetti said. "It's fun with high school swimming, because I get questions from swimmers every day about training or technique. And it's cool; if I can help with one thing, you can really see the difference."

Bonetti won the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.69) and the 100 backstroke (54.03), and he was a part of victories in the 200 medley relay (1:44.79) and the 400 free relay (3:28.31), leading Stockdale to a 97-86 victory over Frontier in the boys dual and the Mustangs to a second-place finish in the Southwest Yosemite League standings with the league championships next Saturday at Bakersfield College.

After that, Bonetti will move on to the Central Section championships May 16-17 at Clovis North, where the section 100 backstroke record (49.61) is well within his reach. After that, he'll compete in both the junior and senior national championships this summer before heading to Texas A&M on scholarship.

"I'm going to keep training and then taper for nationals," said Bonetti, whose personal best in the 100 back is 47.66 in a non-high school event. "What we're going to do is just take a few days off before Valley so I can try to get that backstroke record."

Setting section records is no strange feat for Caneta, who will attempt to break the section 100 breaststroke record at Clovis North for the fourth consecutive year.

"My main focus is some of the big meets during the summer, but it's still a big goal to break the Valley record again," Caneta said.

On Friday, Caneta won the 200 IM (2:18.50) and the 50 freestyle (25.59) and helped Frontier win the 200 medley relay (2:26.31) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.23). But she sat out her signature event, the breastroke.

"Training-wise, it's always good to race anything and everything," she said. "And it's nice to get a break from my normal events, too."

Despite Caneta's efforts, Stockdale's girls team won 99.5-69.5 to finish 3-2 in the SWYL.

Tatum Collatz, the area's best backstroker and one of its best sprinters, anchored the 400 relay after winning the 100 backstroke easily in 1:03.69.

"She's another one same as Brock," Stockdale coach Clark Jue said. "They're stars, but they're always there to help out their teammates any way they can."

Frontier's Evan Rabanal won both the 200 free (1:50.16) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.61), and he swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay. Lindsey Paulson won two events for the Mustangs, the 200 freestyle (2:19.09) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.34), and she also swam on the victory-clinching 400 relay.

"It's always team-first for our program," Jue said. "We might have some great swimmers, but it's always about what you can do for the team over the individual."

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