Swim streaks intact; Granite Bay sweeps Woodcreek, Nevada Union

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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A tri-meet presented Granite Bay High School’s swimming program with two challenges to its long-running streaks in the Sierra Foothill League, but the Grizzlies won … again and again.

Granite Bay defeated Woodcreek 116-53 and Nevada Union 99-71 in the boys meets Friday at the Roseville Aquatics Complex. The Granite Bay girls beat Woodcreek 116-54 and Nevada Union 115-55.

The Granite Bay girls have won 15 consecutive league championships and the boys 14 in a row. Neither has lost a dual meet since 1997.

While Woodcreek and Nevada Union fielded strong teams, the Grizzlies’ mix of experience and youth on the boys team overcame the Miners’ talent in the distance and sprint events.

Senior Andrew Murch and junior Malique Elder finished 1-2 in the 50 freestyle. Murch placed second in the 100 butterfly, and Elder won the 100 freestyle.
Granite Bay coach John Sherman said Elder “is starting to come on. He’s sprinting great.”

Freshman Alek Dendall won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
For the girls, Granite Bay’s Hannah Calton and Lauren Fitzgerald each won two events, and freshmen Julienne Tadena, Jordan Anderson and Summer Spradley typically win or finish second in their events.

“They’re definitely varsity-level swimmers,” Sherman said.