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Tolman, T’Wolves in top form

Sierra’s Scott Tolman reacts after touching the wall first in the varsity boys 50 free with a time of 22.34 as Manteca’s Stephen Ruble looks on during Friday’s swim meet. Manteca hosted crosstown ...

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POSTED March 22, 2014 12:38 a.m.

Scott Tolman broke a school record and turned in two Sac-Joaquin Section-qualifying times for the frosh-soph trials to help Sierra’s boys edge host Manteca 88-84 in Friday’s Valley Oak League opener for both rival schools.

The girls competition wasn’t as close, as Sierra coasted, 125-42.

“Both (boys and girls) teams were missing some of our top swimmers, but some kids stepped up for us today,” Sierra co-head coach David Breitenbucher said. “Both Robin (Errecart) and I were impressed by the team today. She said it was the best she’s seen from Sierra in four years.”

Tolman, a sophomore, surpassed David Lowry’s 2001 record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.35 seconds. The old standard of 22.67 stood for more than a decade. Tolman wasn’t done there, as he set a career-best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.84).

John Buonauro also clocked frosh-soph section-qualifying times in the 500 free (5:23.93) and 100 backstroke (1:04.21). Buonauro joined Tolman, Trevor Fast and Jacob Hampton on the winning 200 medley relay. Hampton and Tolman also helped Sierra pick up first-place points in the 200 free relay. Hampton (100 free) and Fast (100 butterfly) each won an individual event.

Austin Welch (200 free) and Brandon Craighead (200 individual medley) led Manteca to keep it close. They teamed with Sterling Roberts and Stephen Ruble to take the 400 free relay.

“There were some great, close races to watch,” Manteca coach Elyce Silva said. “This is the kind of meet that makes swimming so exciting. There were a lot of talented boys in the pool today and it could have gone either way. These are exactly the kind of times I want from swimmers right now. We have quite a few new boys who contributed to the meet today and really stepped up. We’ll keep working in the water and keep improving.”

Julia Saling (100 breast) was Manteca’s only female winner Friday, as Sierra dominated with several near 1-2-3 sweeps.

Vanessa Flores (50 free, 100 free) and Natalie Randolph (200 IM, 100 back) were multi-event winners for Sierra. Ashlea Green (500 free), Rachel Holmstrom (100 fly) and Natalie Jamero (200 free) were other major contributors to the landslide victory. The Timberwolves also won the three relay events.

East Union 83, Sonora 82 (B)

Sonora 84, East Union 80 (G)

First-year head coach and former East Union swimmer Natalie Heihn was treated to her first win on Friday and it was a big one, as her boys squad nipped host Sonora.

She noted that it was the first time in more than a decade that either Lancer team has beaten Sonora. Leading the charge was Lucas Romero (100 fly, 200 IM). Heihn also lauded Kevin Godinez, one of the team’s top sprinters who fared well in his maiden voyage in the 500 freestyle.

Janelle Macedo highlighted EU’s girls team, winning the 500 free and anchoring the 400 free relay.

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