Balance brings success to Madera swimmers
Despite being well-known for spring sports such as baseball and softball over the years, a successful boys swimming program at Madera High School, on the verge of earning its second league title in three years, has operated under the surface and brought the school prolific success in the pool.
Kevin Larrivee, head coach of the team the last nine years, said that it was a rare combination of balance and athletic ability that allowed his swimmers to thrive the way they have.
“We’ve always had a good team,” said Larrivee, 36, who swam and played water polo at Bullard-Fresno. “And we’ve got a great group of kids this year too. We’re well-rounded in every stroke, which is a swimming coach’s dream. When you can put together a team and everyone fits, it’s like solving a great puzzle.”
The Coyotes, currently 4-0 in the County Metro Athletic Conference and 8-3 overall will face Madera South today in their final league meet of the season. If they win, the Coyotes will have their second league title in three years – winning in 2011 and placing second in 2012...