Swimming streak lives: Granite Bay girls withstand Woodcreek in SFL dual

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School’s boys and girls swimming teams haven’t lost a league dual meet since the Clinton Administration, and Woodcreek nearly ended that streak Friday night.

The girls meet was the matchup to watch, as the Timberwolves had the depth to match the Grizzlies’ endless amount of speedsters. But key times by Granite Bay in the relays swung the point total in their favor 102-84 in the Sierra Foothill League meet.

“It was really our relays,” Granite Bay coach John Sherman said. “We ended up winning all three relays, and that really sealed the deal.”

Said Woodcreek coach Grant Guensler, “The girls gave it everything they had and showed everyone that we’re right there. The relays were key. Losing those points on the relays were big.”

The top three spots in each race affect team scoring, and Granite Bay won two third-place spots by mere hundredths of a second. Sherman said it was Granite Bay’s closest league dual in 11 years.

“The girls meet was the meet that was going to be really close, and it really was,” Sherman said. “There’s big point swings in a meet. Woodcreek is an excellent swim team. Our girls really stepped up and swam really well. I know them and train them every day, and we got a lot of swims that surprised me.”

The Granite Bay boys team glided to a 125-51 victory. It has been 15 years since the Grizzlies boys have lost a dual meet, 16 years for the girls.

“They’re deep,” Guensler said of Granite Bay. “They’ve got a lot of kids. And they’ve got a lot of kids that swim fast. They don’t give up that third place and that fourth place. They may not always win, but their top swimmers are usually going to score points.”