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SHS boys swim team beats VOL champs

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POSTED April 5, 2014 12:38 a.m.

The Sierra High boys swim team scored its biggest win of the season so far on Friday, but coach Dave Breitenbucher warns that there is much work still left to do.

The Timberwolves topped defending Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on the road, 96-74. Oakdale won the girls competition by the same score.

“We still have to swim against Ripon and Kimball, both teams are pretty tough,” Breitenbucher said. “The first step was to get through Oakdale, which is always a tough place to win no matter what sport you play there. It’s a tough road for them because there’s a lot of good competition out there.”

Sierra is now 3-0 in league and 4-0 overall on the boys side, while the girls fell to 2-1 and 3-1.

The boys 400–yard freestyle relay team broke a school record Friday with a time of 3 minutes, 32.03 seconds, which is also a qualifying varsity mark for the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials. The quartet is comprised of John Buonauro, Trevor Fast, Zach Thomas and Scott Tolman.

Buonauro and Tolman each won two events while hitting section-qualifying standards for the frosh-soph trials.

Buonauro won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.68 and dominated the 500 free in 5:27.27. He had already qualified in the 500 free but did not eclipse his previous best of 5:19.

Tolman qualified in the 200 individual medley (2:04.55) while setting a personal record in the 100 breast (1:00.42). He is off to a strong start; two weeks ago the sophomore shattered the program record in the 50 free.

Thomas (50 free, 100 free) was also a double winner, and Fast took first in the 100 butterfly. Buonauro, Tolman, Fast and Hampton also teamed up to win the 200 medley relay. Oakdale’s only wins came in the 200 free and 200 free relay.

Sierra’s only girls win came in the final event, as Rachel Holmstrom, Natalie Jamero, Natalie Randolph and Amy Windschitl took first in the 400 free relay.

Manteca 106, Sonora 55 (B)

Sonora 91, Manteca 68 (G)

Manteca’s boys improved to 3-2 in the VOL behind the efforts of double winners Brandon Craighead (200 IM, 100 fly) and Stephen Ruble (50 free, 100 free). Austin Welch won the 200 free and placed second in the 100 back.

Sterling Roberts joined Craighead, Ruble and Welch on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.

“This is an exciting win for the boys,” Manteca coach Elyce Silva said. “It’s nice when they can see the hours they are putting in in the water pay off.”

Haylee Both (100 free) and Julia Saling (100 breast) were Manteca’s lone individual winners in the girls competition. They also helped the 200 medley relay team (Chelsea Banta-Duval, Erika Rubio) take first.

Kimball 124, East Union 46 (B)

Kimball 121, East Union 49 (G)

Lucas Romero paced East Union’s boys with two second-place finishes.

Girls standout Jennelle Macedo anchored the runner-up the 400 free relay (Hayley Boyd, Hannah Estrella, Alexandria Scott) team that came from behind to keep Kimball from sweeping the event.

Setting personal records were Sunny Hernandez (100 breast), Trevor Guthrie (50 free), Christian Riley (50 free) and Devon Deleon (100 breast).


Ripon 1, Escalon 1

The Indians (3-1-3, 6-2-4 overall) missed out on an opportunity to break away from the Trans-Valley League logjam at second place Friday.

League-leading Escalon (7-0-1, 9-1-1) was able to salvage a tie thanks to Jackie Valeriano’s unassisted goal in the 61st minute.

Hailey Monroe pushed Ripon ahead in the 47th minute and was set up by a cross from Jessica Carmona. Freshman goalie Amanda Evans collected four saves. Jordyn Wall aided the keeper on one play, notching a save on her own as an Escalon player unleashed an uncontested shot that she deflected.

Kimball 3, Lathrop 0

Samantha Tran scored in the 18th and 43rd minutes for reigning VOL champion Kimball (4-1, 5-2 overall), and Cynthia Soto added one in the 32nd minute.

Lathrop coach Gabe Padilla lauded the efforts of defenders Brianna Fernandez and Stephanie Maduli, who were charged with the task of man marking Tran, a U.S. National Team player. Cassandra Flores amassed 12 saves at goal.

“The girls played really well,” said Padilla, whose squad fell to 2-5 in league and 5-10-1 overall. “It was a night-and-day performance from Wednesday night’s game at Sierra (10-1 loss).”

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