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Friday, Jul 11 2014 10:50 PM

BVARSITY GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Frontier's Caneta dominates during high school career

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    By David Dennis / Special to The Californian

    Jori Caneta is all smiles after winning the women's 200 yard IM.

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    By David Dennis / Special to The Californian

    Jori Caneta from Frontier (center) along with Stephanie Bartel from Buchanan (right) and Audre Preble from Clovis (left) stand upon the winners podium for the awards ceremony.

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    By David Dennis / Special to The Californian

    Jori Caneta gets ready to make her turn off of the backstroke during her 200 yard IM.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Jorie Caneta's domination in the breaststroke is unique among Central Section swimmers.

The recent Frontier graduate just concluded a spectacular swimming career that was highlighted by four straight section titles in the 100-yard breaststroke -- with three of those wins setting section records.

A first-place finish this year in the 200-yard individual medley was icing on the cake.

Caneta, who has accepted a swimming scholarship to Arizona State, is the BVarsity Girls Swimmer of the Year.

Recent Bakersfield High graduate Lauren Clarksean is the BVarsity Girls Diver of the Year. Clarksean placed second in the section behind Kelli Ann Funk of Clovis West.

For Caneta, the only time she didn't set a section record was this year. Her winning time as a junior, 1:02.37, remains the record.

Caneta swam 1:03.23 this year, which was actually a little slower than her preliminaries time (1:02.84).

But she did clock a personal record 1:02.12 in the event this spring while setting the Clovis West Invitational Meet record in midseason.

"It was a goal to go 4-for-4 (with records) all four years and I was confident going into the season," Caneta said. "It was just not in the cards that weekend."

Before the high school season started, Caneta had to overcome a freak injury, a broken hand that occurred while she was catching a medicine ball. It struck her finger "and snapped my hand bone underneath it. My finger was fine," she said.

Doctors cut the cast off so she could continue to swim, with the cast reattached by Velcro strips when Caneta was out of the pool.

"Land sports are not my thing," she said, adding that the cast came off for good in early February.

Caneta, who set her first section record as a freshman by .01 of a second, said the records won't be the first thing that comes into her mind when she reflects on her Frontier swimming career years from now.

"Looking back, I think it's going to be being with the teammates I had," she said. "It's been a blast being able to compete for Frontier for the four years. I couldn't imagine any other place I'd rather do it. My teammates were great, my coaches were great."

That teammates-first attitude was special, according to first-year Frontier coach Tracey Warren.

"What I've always admired about Jorie: she's always been a great athlete," Warren said. "But sometimes quality athletes lack that humble passion for this sport.

"Jorie is fantastic, amazing. She's had a kind and gentle spirit. She's a leader, not vocally but in her actions."

Caneta swims for the Roadrunner Aquatics Club, which is coached by Cal State Bakersfield coach Chris Hansen.

She's preparing for two upcoming meets that will both be held in Irvine: the Junior Nationals July 31-Aug. 6 and the U.S. Nationals, Aug. 8-11.

Shortly after that, Caneta heads to Arizona State to begin the next phase of her life.

She chose the Sun Devils over Louisiana State and Purdue.

"I wanted to get out of state to experience something new," she said.

Caneta said her current times aren't NCAA 'A' cuts, which would automatically qualify her for the NCAA National Championship meet.

But one of the factors in choosing ASU was coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker, who Caneta said was a world-class breaststroker during her swimming career.

"What I'm looking forward to is my coach is a breaststroke coach," Caneta said. "I'm excited to go to a program with a coach who knows what's she doing. ...

"I have time for improvement. It will be interesting to see what I can go."

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