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Dolphins, Sea Lions ready for summer, but first a bye

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Dolphins, Sea Lions ready for summer, but first a bye

Birthday girl Sydney Vieira of the Ripon Sea Lions pushes hard on her way to a second place in the girls’ 11-12 50-yard backstroke during Saturday’s tri-meet with the Turlock Seadogs and Tracy Trit...

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POSTED June 3, 2014 2:33 a.m.

Just as swim practices intensify from Turlock to Manteca, the Mid-Valley Swim League will give its teams a slight reprieve.

The MVSL will go dark this Saturday, one of two scheduled breaks in the summer calendar. 

The bye comes just as the Manteca Dolphins begin morning and afternoon practices with most schools out for the summer. The Ripon Sea Lions have also altered its schedule, pushing practice times up in the day.

Both teams stumble into the bye following losses last weekend.

In a battle of rivaling Dolphin sets, Ceres outlasted Manteca 918-777 at Ceres High, a dual that stretched into the late afternoon because of various delays. 

The Sea Lions captured the girls’ portion of its tri-meet with the Turlock Seadogs and Tracy Tritons, but fell short in the combined scoring. The Ripon girls contributed 651 points to the overall score, but it wasn’t enough to top the Seadogs — the MVSL’s largest team — which won 1,269-1,122. 

The Tritons were a distant third with 823 points.

The Dolphins return to the pool on June 14 with a tri-meet against Tracy and Ceres at the Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center at West High in Tracy.

The Sea Lions get reacquainted with the Seadogs at Pitman High.

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Natalie Heihn returns to Ripon

The Sea Lions have added a fourth coach to their staff, welcoming former Bulletin All-Area Swimmer of the Year Natalie Heihn to the program.

Heihn joins head coach Erik Zador, assistant Sarah Houck, a former Manteca High standout, and returning assistant coach Kimberly Corgiat.

Heihn graduated from East Union and returned to her alma mater this past spring to take over the swim program. She is assisted by Manteca Dolphins co-coach Jason Beier.

Heihn is an alumna of the Ripon Aquatics program, where she is the program record holder in the 200-yard backstroke (15-16 and 17-18 age groups), and the 100 back (17-18).

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Sea Lions see improvement

The Sea Lions recognized their top performers in each age group, based on improvement this past weekend. 

Those swimmers were: Nathan Trujillo and Tessa Junqueiro, 6 and under; Evan Sisneroz and Madison Sanguinetti, 7-8; Christian Hernandez and Kaylee Tuggle, 9-10; Leonel Reynoso and Mikayla Gillotte, 11-12; Robert Lo and Madelyn Potts, 13-14; Bret Crew and Taylor Daigre, 15-16; Ian Howells and Rachel Crew, 17-18.

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Leading the pack

The Dolphins presented four with Dolphin of the Week swim caps last week, rewarding swimmers for their effort, attitude and sportsmanship. Those swimmers were: Adrian Loza, Ace Basile, Ashley Hernandez and Elicia Fisher.

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