By The Bakersfield Californian
The Liberty girls swimming team, led by senior Audrey Willoughby's four first-place finishes, beat Centennial on Friday at McMurtrey Aquatic Center with a 100-70 win to go undefeated in the Southwest Yosemite League.
Willoughby finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:04.54), 100 butterfly (1:03.64) and helped the Patriots to wins in the 200 free relay (1:47.95) and a season-best time in the 200 medley relay (2:00.10).
"She's been one of our anchors," said Liberty coach Marc Urmston. "She's among our most experienced swimmers on the team."
While Willoughby provided points as a senior, a group of up-and-coming freshmen made their presence known. Among them were Ally Forshee and Abby Tjepkema.
"We've got some great freshmen girls who have come up, and they've had a go all year," said Urmston. "They've been working out great."
Forshee and Tjepkema finished the meet with a combined total of six top-three finishes, including a season-best time in the 200 medley relay. Forshee was part of a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay and a win in the 400 free relay (3:58.08), and she took third in the 100 buttefly (1:10.12) Tjepkema placed first in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay and third in the 200 IM (2:40.57).
Willoughby will be swimming for Cal State Bakersfield in the fall.
"It's a great environment there, and the team is very supportive," Willoughby said. "I believe that Chris Hansen and Andrew Atzhorn will make me a better swimmer."
Centennial's boys won 107-63 in a battle of SWYL unbeatens. The Golden Hawks and Patriots will go at it again at the SWYL championships next Saturday at Bakersfield College.
"The guys stepped up, and that's what we expected," said Centennial coach David Graves. "We had some season-best times today."
Among those season-best times were first-place finishes by senior Tyler Stabile in the 50 free (22.07) and junior Tyler Fidler in the 500 free (5:02.48). Fidler beat his previous time by almost three seconds.
"In public school, you're just lucky to get athletes coming to your school," Graves said. "I'm just blessed with these great guys."
Fidler ended the meet with three first-place finishes, including a victory in the 200 free (1:51.15) and a season-best finish in the 400 free relay (3:24.22).