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Bearcat swim and dive team wins big at home

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles High School Swim and Dive teams faced St. Joseph on March 10, their first home league match of the season at the Municipal Pool in Paso Robles. The Bearcats could not have looked more impressive: Out of 24 swimming events the Bearcats won 23 of them. The Lady Bearcats went a perfect 12 for 12 while the boys side won 11 out of the 12 races.

“We don’t get to host swim meets very often, so when we do the kids get really excited,” Assistant Coach Ken Heinen said. “We are usually on the road because our pool doesn’t have enough lanes to accommodate the larger teams.”

There was about a 45-minute delay before the swim meet began, and in this time it was obvious how excited, yet relaxed the Bearcats team was. In the time leading up to the beginning of the meet, the St. Joe’s team sat mostly huddled together seemingly preparing for the tasks ahead. Meanwhile the Bearcats had pop music blasting, athletes dancing, and smiles for ear to ear.

“I think the girls are going to have a really special year, we have five amazing returning seniors and also three incoming freshmen that will play a part this year,” said Head Swim Coach Jennifer Brown. “Each one of them is a piece of a puzzle that fits together perfectly.”

With a mixture of seniors and freshmen, the lady Bearcats secured two CIF Southern Section consideration times in the 200 medley relay, and 200 free relay. Cece Ramirez, Miranda Paskey, Audrey Hughes and Sarah Clark swam together in the 200 medley relay for a time of 2:00:76. The 200 free relay team was comprised of Ramirez and Hughes again, but this time joined by teammates Shannen Dodds and Gabriella Clayton. Together they put up a time of 1:48:49.

“The team is a little smaller than it has been in years past, but we have great senior leadership on our boy’s side,” said Brown. “Josh Dewhurst and Grant Scheiffele do a great job keeping it light and I love the chemistry within the team.”

Dewhurst and Scheiffele led by example on Friday. Both finished first in all four of their races, two of which were relays together. The Bearcats 200 meter medley relay team and 400 meter freestyle relay team also featured swimmers Gavin Hughes and Zach Tucker.

There is a lot of excitement in the community surrounding the swim team this year. They have a terrific mix of experienced older swimmers and young swimmers eager to prove themselves. It’s even been rumored that it is only a matter of time until freshman Audrey Hughes breaks the school record for the 50 freestyle. The Bearcats will look to go 2-0 in league on Friday, March 17 against the San Luis Obispo Tigers.

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