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Friday, Jul 11 2014 11:14 PM

BVARSITY BOYS SWIM COACH OF THE YEAR: Centennial's David Graves

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    David Graves, Centennial swimming coach.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Based on finishing order at the section meet, the Centennial boys swimming team had its best season in school history.

Under the leadership of David Graves, The BVarsity Boys Swimming Coach of the Year, the Golden Hawks took fourth place at this year's Central Section Division I Championships.

That's one spot better than their previous best finish at the event.

On top of that, the Centennial boys have won three straight Southwest Yosemite League championships following seven years of Stockdale owning the No. 1 spot.

This season the Golden Hawks dominated the SWYL, posting a 5-0 record in league duals and outscoring runner-up Frontier 489-354 at the league championship meet.

"You go in streaks, and this is a streak that we're on right now," Graves said. "Hopefully we can it hold on for one more year, but it's going to be real tough."

Graves, the only boys swimming coach in Centennial school history, oversaw a deep squad that produced several highlights.

The Golden Hawks were champions of the Villanova Preparatory Invitational swim meet in Ojai and set school records in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Graves said the Golden Hawks' success was truly a team effort.

"We had quite a number of kids that were unselfish and willing to make sacrifices, and that's just good luck," he said. "At public schools you try and guide and lead the best you can, but you have to play the hand you're dealt, and I was dealt a really good hand."

-- STEPHEN LYNCH

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