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Sierra swimming secures city title

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POSTED March 27, 2014 12:29 a.m.

The Sierra High boys and girls swim teams improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League on Tuesday after topping crosstown rival East Union. The boys won 95-74, while the girls triumphed handily, 114-55.

Sierra opened the regular season last Friday with victories at Manteca.

Nancy Enriquez was in on four wins in helping Sierra prevail by a landslide margin. She took first in the 50-yard free style, 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. The 200 medley quartet — also including Amy Windschitl, Paige Van Laar and Megan Westfall — nipped East Union’s top team (2:13.03) in the end, finishing in 2 minutes, 12.69 seconds.

Natalie Jamero led a 1-2-3 Sierra sweep in the 200 free and was on the winning 200 free and 400 free relays. Vanessa Flores (100 free) and Natalie Randolph (100 back) won their individual events and joined Jamero and Rachel Holmstrom on the 400 relay. Olivia Higsby chimed in with a win in the 100 breast.

Janelle Macedo was East Union’s standout with victories in the 200 individual medley and 500 free.

John Buonauro (500 free, 100 back) and Scott Tolman (50 free, 100 breast) took care of business for the Sierra boys. Trevor Fast (100 fly) and Jacob Hampton (100) also won individual events, while the Timberwolves won all relays.

Chris Colins (200 free) and Lucas Romero (200 IM) were event winners for East Union.


Ripon 1, Orestimba 1

Ripon (5-2-3 overall) and Orestimba (4-1-2) are part of a four-way tie for second place in the Trans-Valley League after they battled to a stalemate Wednesday in Newman. Hilmar and Hughson are the other two teams with 2-1-2 league records, while Escalon is cruising along at 5-0 atop the table.

Gladis Mendoza gave the host Warriors the early lead with a goal in the 34th minute.

 Ripon knocked in the equalizer in the 58th minute thanks to an attacking run started by first-half goalie Amanda Evans. She pushed the attack from the left side and crossed it to Hailey Monroe, who settled it near the top of the penalty box and dished it off to Jessica Carmona for the score.

“That sparked a little fight in them,” Ripon coach Jaime DeBruyn said. “But we had at least four or five golden opportunities that we couldn’t finish off after that.

The Indians outshot Orestimba, 17-8.


Sierra 219, Lathrop 286

The Timberwolves (5-2 VOL) continued to shave strokes Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course, where medalist Blake Settlemoir finished 1-over 37.

Matt Rose (41), Chris Schmitz (42) and Chuck Good (45) added solid scores behind the leader. Isaac Gutierrez shot a 53 to round out Sierra’s score.

Lathrop was paced by Sam Fallon’s 53.

Turlock Christian 234, Ripon Christian 236

The Knights (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club against their biggest Southern League rival.

Kyle Colyn did his part in earning low-medalist honors with a 3-over 39. Turlock Christian’s Logun Lunquist was second with a 40.

Jesse DeRousse (44), Andrew Manes (47), Tristin Vos (53) and Vance Sipma (53) accounted for the rest of RC’s score.

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