Competitive swimming is big in California and today Clovis West High School hosted the 5th annual CIF Swim and Diving Championship.
Organizers of the championship said this event is what high school swimmers and divers wait for all year long.
Adam Reid is the Meet Director for the State Championship. He said Clovis Unified is already known for their swimming facilities so this is really putting them on the map.
“Clovis West is making a statement,” said Reid. “When we succeed against the state, and the strongest state in the country, for high school swimming.”
More than 900 students from across the state are competing this weekend. Reid said this two day event draws thousands to cheer on these star athletes.
Dave Pickford is the Swim Coach at Buchanan High School. He said he was unsure how many of his athletes would make it to the championship this year.
“There was no guarantee that anybody was going to make this meet,” said Pickford. “So, they had to put it all on the line last week.”
Pickford has been coaching for more than two decades. He said the students who make it to state finals have been training for years.
“Well, this particular meet for a few kids is the end of the rainbow,” said Pickford. “It’s the one that they actually look forward to.”
62 Clovis Unified student athletes qualified this year. One of them being Averee Preble.
Averee is a Senior at Clovis High. She said this weekend will be her last big event in high school.
“It is kind of sad honestly,” said Averee.
Averee has been swimming since she was five. She said she is proud to have made it to State Championship her last year in High School because she has worked so hard to get there.
“I do like 10 practices a week,” said Averee. “So, lots of really intense training but in the end I love it all.”
Averee received a scholarship to swim for a D1 school next year.