By CLAIRE PULKOWNIK
Alhambra junior Mackenzie Duarte and sophomore Tony Moore spent their weekend the way every high school swimmer dreams of, at the California State Finals in Clovis, California.
The two qualified for state as they swam with their fellow Bulldogs at the North Coast Section on May 12 and 14. The relay team made up of Donovan Ballot, Ryan Fowlar, Nick Lucido, and Tony Moore swam together at the section meet with a time of 1:44:11.
Alhambra had three individuals swim at NCS, Duarte, Fowlar and Moore. Duarte swam in the girls 200-meter medley with a final time of 2:10.75, placing 15th overall. She also swam in the girls 100-meter breaststroke for a time of 1:05.17 and placed 11th.
Fowlar competed in the 100-meter butterfly for a time of 53.01, finishing 21st out of 38. He also competed in the boys 100-meter backstroke and finished with a time of 56.01, finishing 35th out of 39.
Moore swam in the boys 200-meter medley and finished with a time of 2:01.35. Moore also swam in the boys 100-meter breaststroke for a time of 58.72 and placed 12th overall.
Duarte and Moore continued onto state on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21. The pair have been swimming for Alhambra since their freshman year and have been swimming year round for Orinda Aquatics since last March.
The pair had an impressive showing at the State Finals down in Central California. Duarte finished with a time of 1:05.57 and placed 27th in the state for the girls 100-meter breaststroke. Moore made it to the finals and placed 16th in the boys 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 58.42, according to swim coach Jenna Da Sie.
Both Duarte and Moore have a lot to be proud of as their Alhambra swim season ends and they look forward to swimming alongside their fellow Bulldogs in the pool next season.