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Ripon overcomes East Union’s depth to sweep

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East Union coach Natalie Heihn encourages Lancer swimmers during Friday’s swim meet with visiting Ripon.

HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin/

POSTED March 29, 2014 1:05 a.m.

Ripon’s boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.

In the end, Ripon overcame the odds to win 92-77 in the boys competition and 90-80 in the girls.

East Union captured first place in both 200-yard freestyle relays. Danielle Surenok anchored the girls’ ‘B’ team (also comprising of Brianne Gray, Alyssa Arnaud and Michaela Ramos) to a second-place finish.

Devin Deleon came the closest to winning an individual race, as she was out-touched by Ripon’s Kyra Foley in the 100 breast stroke.

“Even though there were no individual first places, we had a lot of depth to claim many of the second, third and fourths that kept us so close,” East Union assistant coach Bruce Heihn said. “Depth is something we have lacked in the past.

“Most important is that most everyone had best times. We like to see improvement every week and we a couple of swimmers so close to section qualifying times.”

Ripon was paced by its many returning VOL champions such as Zach Scudder, Corey Winter and Hannah Sweet. The Ripon girls are coming off a co-championship season.

Oakdale 107,
Manteca 63 (B)

Oakdale 118,
Manteca 50 (G)

Stephen Ruble led all Buffaloes with first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free. Sophomore Austin Welch (100 back, 200 free) and Brandon Craighead (100 fly, 200 IM) each took second twice. All three joined Sterling Roberts on the runner-up 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Pacing Manteca’s girls was Julia Saling, who dropped nearly a full second off her season-best time in winning the 100 breaststroke. She was the only Lady Buffalo to win an event. Haylee Both placed third in the 200 IM and 100 free but shaved seconds off both events. Taylor Bay took second in the 200 free.

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