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Manteca boys edge East Union

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Manteca boys edge East Union

Jennelle Macedo competes in the 200-yard individual medley for East Union in Thursday’s Valley Oak League meet with Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 18, 2014 12:51 a.m.

The Manteca High boys swim team outlasted host East Union 89-81 in a nip-and-tuck Valley Oak League meet Thursday.

East Union’s girls countered with a more decisive 100-69 victory.

“It was a definite team effort from the boys,” Manteca coach Elyce Ruble said. “In close meets like this every point matters and they worked together for every last point. As a coach I can’t ask for anything better than that.”

Stephen Ruble and Austin Welch helped give the Buffaloes (4-3) the edge with multiple first-place finishes. Ruble ruled the 50-yard freestyle in 24.37 seconds and dominated in the 100 free in 54.56. Welch took first in the 200 free (2 minutes, 11.91 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:08.54). Sterling Roberts (1:14.44) topped East Union’s Jose Duenas (1:21.19) in the 100 breaststroke.

Two of the best races of the meet involved the same two competitors. In the 200 individual medley, Lucas Romero of East Union clocked a 2:19.61 to squeak past Brandon Craighead (2:20.89), who dropped six seconds off his previous best time.

Craighead would be tested again by Romero in the 100 butterfly. Romero (1:02.55) out-touched the Buffalo by a full second for the win.

Manteca’s Julia Saling was the top finisher in the girls 50 free (29.65) and 100 breast (1:17.13). Haylee Both was another highlight for the Buffaloes (2-5), as she shaved a second off her 200 IM time. She was the runner-up in both the 200 IM and 100 free.



Sierra 93, Sonora 77 (B)

Sierra 92, Sonora 76 (G)

The Sierra boys (6-1) remain in contention for at least a share of the VOL title after getting past an outmanned yet game Sonora squad. The Lady Timberwolves improved to 6-2.

Jacob Hampton (200 free, 500 free), Scott Tolman (100 free, 100 breast) and Vanessa Flores (50 free, 100 free) were multi-event winners. Flores spearheaded a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 free.

Others winning individual events were Zach Thomas (50 free),  Ashlea Green (200 IM), Nancy Enriquez (100 fly) and Natalie Randolph (500 free).

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