Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney and Los Osos’ Rachel Forbes successful at Baseline Swim Championships

Baseline League >> Chino Hills’ Michael Tenney finished first in the boys 200 and 500 yard freestyle events at the Baseline League Championship meet. Rachel Forbes of Los Osos finished first in the girls 200 and 500 free. Richie Campbell of Damien had first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free events.

Palomares League >> The Bulldogs’ defending CIF State Champion, Kenisha Liu, finished first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle events at the Palomares League Championships. Liu finished with a time of 1 minute and 46.73 seconds in the 200, six seconds ahead of Katie Sulkevich of Glendora. In the 100, Liu finished with a three second lead over Glendora’s Catherine Sanchez with a time of 49.87.

Citrus Belt League >> Redlands East Valley won a school record 15 individual titles, including the girls 400 freestyle relay by Emily Longfellow, Autumn D’Arcy, Emily Rigsby and Sydney Benveniste. Jack Moyles won the boys 100 breaststroke event for REV. Redlands High School’s Niki Proctor won the girls 100 breaststroke event while Melissa Pepper won the 50 free with a time of 24.70 seconds.

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Ayala swimmer Kenisha Liu commits to UCLA

Ayala High School swimmer Kenisha Liu has verbally committed to the UCLA swim program.

The senior swimmer had various Division 1 programs showing interest in her talent from all over the country.

“I had a lot of schools to choose from,” she said. “Some of these schools included Princeton, Purdue, Stanford, Duke, University of Arizona and of course UCLA.”

With several of the options she mentioned located out of state, Liu decided to stay in California to continue her aquatics career.

“UCLA has such a great atmosphere. When I went there I could really tell that all the girls liked each other and really wanted to push each other to be better,” Liu said when asked about her decision.

Liu not only noticed the support system and drive to motivate one another from the athletes but from coach Cyndi Gallagher.

“(I believe she) can help me reach my goals and get me where I want to be,” Liu stated.

Kenisha Liu

While she has decided on a program, she is not sure what events she will be competing in at the moment.

“I know one of the reasons they recruited me was because they saw my versatility,” Liu explained. “(But) as of now, I don’t think they have a set plan.”

Her versatility was on display after a successful 2014-15 season that earned her the title as the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s swimmer of the year.

She concluded her junior campaign by winning two individual events at the inaugural CIF State Championship Meet, competing in the Girls 100 and 200-yard freestyle events.

With time to reflect on her verbal commitment, Liu will be the first to tell you that she did not get to this point in her career alone.

“I really appreciate people like coach Jim Johnson and my Brea Aquatics club team as well as my high school coaches (coach Marceau and coach Mount) and the rest of my high school swim team,” she said. “My parents and my friends are such a great support system. They have all really helped me get to where I am.”


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