The Bakersfield College Men's Swim Team didn't waste the energy gleaned from a vocal and spirited home crowd Saturday, treating them to solid victories in multiple events, including signature races like the 50 Yard Freestyle that saw Brian Bender outlast two College of the Sequoias swimmers by less than a tenth of a second to claim first place.
Bender's most dominant performance may have come in the 200 Yard Breaststroke, where his first place finish of 2:20.35 came in nearly eight seconds ahead of COS's Zach Omara's second place finish of 2:28.21, and teammate Francisco Montoya's third place mark of 2:30.37.
The aquatic hat trick was completed when Bender and teammates Kenneth Rodriguez, Cameron Reeves, and Wasco product Steve Santana left the field behind in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:42.62. The second-place team from Clovis finished seven seconds behind with a 1:49.60.
Santana enjoyed the support of a robust contingency from Wasco High School, his alma mater. And he wowed them with the aforementioned relay win, and with a 1:50.89 finish in the Men's 200 Yard Freestyle, good enough for second place, and less than one second behind Clovis's Tanner Davis. Santana also finished a nearly imperceptible .03 seconds behind Davis in the 100 Yard Freestyle, but he was clearly Wasco's champion Saturday.
BC Swimming is winding down their regular season, and has just a pair of meets before postseason begins.