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Ripon girls win Zador Invite

East Union’s Trevor Guthrie competes in the 100 breast stroke at Saturday’s Ervin Zador Memorial Invitational at Ripon High.

HIME ROMERO /The Bulletin/

POSTED April 6, 2014 10:38 p.m.

Ripon’s inaugural Ervin Zador Invitational Saturday was the start of a tradition for the Indians’ swim program that will in hope keep the memory of a local legend alive.

The Indians’ girls swim team took first and the boys squad tied for second with Sierra.

Only five programs attended the invitational, which included East Union, Tracy and the Timberwolves. Ripon’s head coach Eric Zador, the son of the late Ervin Zador who the Indians’ aquatic center was named after, only wishes for the annual meet to grow and increase with participants.

“It went really well,” Zador said. “We’re looking to take as many teams as possible and we’re looking to double it next year to maybe 10 teams. But on a side note, (the invite) was named after my dad and we had an essay contest for any senior swimmer who attended this meet.”

Only two participants chose to compete in the contest, which featured a written piece on the topic of the late Zador and how he influenced them. The elder Zador passed away on April 28, 2012.

The winner of the essay contest was awarded a $500 scholarship in the name of Ervin Zador.

“Maisy Green out of Tracy High School won it,” Zador said. “We’re hoping it grows every year to keep his memory and legacy alive.”

Zador said his father had a lot to do with the development of an aquatics program in Ripon.  He developed swimmers all over the Central Valley and even helped startup the Ripon Sea Lions’ youth program which he ran for the first 10 years.

Board members of the Sea Lions program also helped out with the meet and allowed the high school to use some of their equipment and even volunteered their time free of charge.

“That was spectacular,” Zador said. “It was an overall really good meet.”

Hannah Sweet of the Indians took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:02.54, while her teammate Maddie Hawes took second. Hawes also placed first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:11.99. Sierra’s Amy Windschitl took second with a 1:14.22 and East Union’s Hannah Estrella was third with a 1:18.65.

Hawes also took first in the 100 breast with a 1:11.72. Ripon’s Taylor Diagre and Kaylie Sheafer rounded out the top four.

Sheaffer placed second in the 200 IM and Windschitl was third. Sheafer took first in the 100 fly with a 1:09.58 over Tracy’s Julia Vares in 1:10.30.

Ripon’s Emma Lewis was first in the 50 free with a 25.52 over Sierra’s Vanessa Flores (27.55). Lewis was also first in the 100 free in 55.73 over Flores (59.54), again.

East Union’s girls 200 free relay team of Kylie Borelli, Kealani Fatta, Maria Amador and Estrella took second with a 2:02.78. Sierra’s Andrea Cruz, Natalie Jamero, Anjeleah Gotiong and Paige Van Laar were third with a 2:06.02.

The Lancers’ Alex Scott, Hayley Boyd, Estrella and Jennelle Macedo took third in the 400 free relay in 4:41.16.

On the boys side, Sierra’s Scott Tolman Zach Thomas, Trevor Fast and John Buonauro won the 200 medley relay with a 1:45.48. Tolman also took first in the 50 free with a 22.61 and Buonauro took second in the 500 free in 5:16.31. Hampton (5:42) finished third.

Sierra’s relay team of Hamtpon, Thomas, Tolman and Sammy Kizlin placed second in the 200 free relay and Tolman took gold in the 100 breast with a 59.51. Scudder (1:00.44) was second.

Scudder also won the 200 free with a 1:51.02 and Daneil Esenwein was second and Hampton third.

Ripon’s Corey Winter took first in the 100 fly with a 54.85 and Trevor Fast of the Timberwolves was next with a 59.51. The Indians’ Esenwein took third with a 1:01.96.

Winter was also first in the 100 back with a 58.87 and Buonauro was second.

East Union’s Lucas Romero won the 200 IM with a 2:24.31, respectively. Romero edged out Atwater’s Evrett Estrada (2:24.47) by an eyelash.

Christian Riley, Sunny Hernandez, Chris Colins and Romero also took third in the 400 free relay against second-place Atwater and Ripon.

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