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Ripon Sea Lions rule Dolphins tri-meet

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POSTED July 16, 2014 12:31 a.m.

The Manteca Dolphins and Ripon Sea Lions appear prime for a strong finish to the Mid-Valley Swim League season.

The Dolphins hosted a tri-meet at East Union High this past Saturday, as reigning league champion Ripon racked up the most points with 1,517. Manteca edged out the Tracy Tritons 1,331-1,249 for second place.

The MVSL Championships takes place this Saturday at Turlock’s Pitman High.

Sam Branco, Jack Gioffre, Logan Gioffre and Andria Martin were the high-point producers for Ripon, with each scoring three first-place finishes in individual races and two more in relays.

Branco dominated the 6-under boys division with wins in the 50-yard freestyle, 25 backstroke and 25 free. He was also part of the winning 100 medley and 100 free relays.

Jack Gioffre did his damage in 9-10 boys, cruising to wins in the 100 individual medley, 50 butterfly and 50 free. He was joined by brother Michael on the 200 medley and 200 free relays. They weren’t the only standouts in the family, as Logan Gioffre added first-place points in the 100 IM, 100 free, 50 breat, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

Martin (13-14 girls) claimed the 100 IM, 100 free and 50 back while keying wins in the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Jack Gioffre, Branco and Martin improved their season times in all of their individual races.

Other multi-event winners for Ripon were: Rylee Beidleman (11-12 girls), Benjamin Corgiat (6-under boys), Curtiss Owen (7-8 boys), Leonel Reynoso (11-12 boys), Jacob Thompson (13-14 boys), Rosie Vaughn (17-18 girls) and Kate Villegas (9-10 girls).

Manteca had three competitors garner 27 points apiece for winning three individual events. Keira Brink topped the 6-under girls group in the 50 free, 25 fly and 25 free.

Ashlynn See was a top performer in 9-10 girls with wins in the 100 free, 50 back and 50 free. She also helped the Dolphins’ 200 medley and 200 free relays both place second.

Zach Thomas took first in the 17-18 boys 100 free, 100 fly and 50 free and was on the runner-up relay teams.

Donovan Armstrong (9-10 boys) turned in 25 points and won two events. Notable performers in the 13-14 boys divisions included Erick Enriquez and Jacob Evans, who each won an individual event and joined forces on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Jeremy Coronado won the 100 breaststroke in the 17-18 boys division and placed second in his other four events.

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