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Area collects 6 high-point trophies

Amy Bacay of the Ripon Sea Lions gets her 11-12 Girls 200-yard medley ‘A’ relay team off to a good start at Saturday’s Sea Dogs Invitational in Turlock.

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POSTED June 24, 2014 12:07 a.m.

TURLOCK — The Mid-Valley Swim League gathered for its midseason invitational and six stood out in the crowd.

The Ripon Sea Lions crowned four high-point champions en route to a third-place finish in the team standings at the Sea Dogs Invitational on Saturday at Pitman High School. 

The Manteca Dolphins had two take-home trophies.

Leading the  charge for Ripon were Madeline Curtiss, Sam Branco, Andria Martin and record-setting 18-year-old Rosie Vaughn, each a top performer in their respective age group.

The Sea Lions finished behind champion and host Turlock Sea Dogs and runner-up Ceres Dolphins. The MVSL is comprised of five teams from the San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, including the Tracy Tritons.

Curtiss and Branco emerged from the day’s tiniest pool of competitors — the 6-and-unders. 

Curtiss was second in the 50-yard freestyle (49.67) to Manteca’s Keira Brink, the runaway winner in the 25 breaststroke (32.08) and tough to catch in the 25 freestyle (21.33).

Branco won all three of his events: the 25 freestyle (22.53), 25 backstroke (27.54) and 50 freestyle  (47.66).

Andria Martin was the pacesetter amongst 13- and 14-year-old girls. She won the 50 backstroke (31.33) and 100 individual medley relatively comfortably, but was pushed to the wall by Tracy’s Clara Ho in the 50 freestyle. Martin (27.25) beat Ho (27.28) by three-hundreths of a second. 

Perhaps the signature moment for the Sea Lions was provided by Vaughn, who chased history in the 50 breaststroke. Vaughn set the meet record with a 33.27, breaking Kellie Mejia’s mark of 34.09 set four years ago.

Vaughn wasn’t record-setting fast in her other two victories, but she was still uncatchable. She won the 100 individual medley (1:09.34) and 50 backstroke (32.77) by nearly 15 total seconds. 

The Manteca Dolphins, fifth in the team standings, saw two of its boys hoist a high-point trophy. 

Hayden Beier was Manteca’s top scorer, winning all three of his individual races to win a hotly contested 9-10 age bracket. 

The 9-year-old won the 100 individual medley in 1:25.89, edging Jack and Michael Gioffre of Ripon. He was also tops in the 50 backstroke (39.42) and 50 freestyle (32.24). Beier won the freestyle by the slimmest of margins, out-touching Ceres’ Evan Lumpkin (10) by two-tenths of a second.

Jacob Evans finished atop the boys’ 13-14 division with two individual victories. He won the 50 breaststroke (34.60) by a half second and the 50 freestyle (25.07) by four-hundreths of a second. Evans, 14, was also second in the 100 freestyle (58.13).

The Manteca Dolphins will host the first of two home meets on Saturday at East Union against Turlock and Trcy, while the Ripon Sea Lions welcome the Ceres Dolphins.

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