By MATTHEW HOSE
By the time Belvedere resident Emilio De Somma arrived in Clovis to represent Redwood High School at the state swimming and diving championship, he had already left a trail of broken records in his wake.
But he had his sights set on one more. He wanted to break the 30-year-old county record for the 100-yard butterfly, his favorite race.
"I call that my baby event," De Somma said. "I love that event more than any other event possible."
He faced a choice: He could participate in two individual events — the 200-yard medley followed by the 100-yard fly — and try to place in both, taking the risk that he would burn out before the fly. Or he could sit out the medley and devote all of his energy to the fly in an attempt to beat the 48.49-second league record set by fellow Redwood alumnus Mark Fiorito in 1986.
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