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Sea Lions crown 4 high-point winners

Keira Brink competes in the butterfly leg of the 100-yard medley relay at the Tracy Triton Invitational last weekend. Brink, 6, was among the Dolphins’ top point-getters.

JAMES BURNS/The Bulletin/

POSTED May 29, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Manteca Dolphins president Priscilla Brink hoped to see cleaner, faster swims from a relatively new team.

The Ripon Sea Lions had their sights set not only on their times but a title, too.

Both teams came away from the Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center, the site of the Mid-Valley Swim League’s maiden competition, satisfied and smiling.

The Sea Lions crowned four high-point winners and placed second overall at the Tracy Triton Invitational last weekend, while the new-look Dolphins proved competitive. 

Ripon was nosed by the Turlock Seadogs for the team championship, 1,104-1,068. The Sea Lions did produce a girls’ title, though, putting nearly 200 points between it and the next competitor, the Tracy Tritons.

Manteca, with nearly half of its roster competing for the first time, finished last among the five teams with 494 points.

While the Sea Lions showed their talent and depth across the board, their performance was spiced by a few outstanding individual efforts.

Madeline Curtiss topped all 6-and-under girls with 43 points. Jack Gioffre also totaled 43 points to win the 9-10 boys division.

It was a perfect sweep in the 11-12s for the Sea Lions, coached by Erik Zador and former Manteca High standout Sarah Houck. Rylee Beidleman won the girls’ competition with 47 points, while Logan Gioffre separated himself with 52.

The Dolphins’ top scorers were: Ashlynn See, 9, with 41 points; Donovan Armstrong, 10, with 31; McKeane Beier, 7, with 30.5; Hayden Beier, 9, with 29; Jeremy Coronado, 18, with 24; Keira Brink, 6, with 23; and Jacob Evans, 14, with 20.

Only See, Armstrong, Hayden Beier and Meghan Tolman won events for the Dolphins, who travel to Ceres for a MVSL dual meet on Saturday.

The Sea Lions will host a tri-meet on Saturday, welcoming the Seadogs and Tritons to Ripon High’s Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.

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