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SIERRA SINKS MANTECA

Manteca High's Davina Bennett launches off the blocks in the varsity girls 200 medley relay during the team's final Valley Oak League meet against visiting Sierra Friday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 24, 2010 2:44 a.m.
Sierra High’s swimming team ended the Valley Oak League regular season with a bang, producing a pair of victories over host rival Manteca Friday.

The defending Sierra girls champion cruised, 122-48. Manteca’s boys put up a fight but fell short, 97-71.

Individual highlights for Sierra were unavailable as of press time.

Both of Manteca’s teams wrap up the dual season at 7-3.

“Obviously it was tough to lose today, especially to a school in town, but I am still really proud of all my swimmers,” Manteca coach Elyce Ruble said. “Sierra is a very solid program with a lot of talented swimmers.

“Their kids all worked hard, and that pushed our swimmers to get some of their best times of the season. There were a lot of close, exciting races, which always makes a meet fun.”

Kevin Craighead was the Buffaloes’ lone multi-event winner, as he claimed the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 11.82 seconds and 500 free in 5:56.82.  

Joseph Brandi scored their only other first-place points with a win in the 100 backstroke (1:09.11).

Leading the girls was standout Davina Bennett, who triumphed in the 50 free (26.94) and dropped nearly 3 seconds off her previous best time in the 100 breast stroke (1:16.53), where she was the runner-up.

A pair of freshmen provided solid efforts for Manteca. Amanda Christensen was the runner-up placer in the 100 backstroke (1:14.75), while Kaile Hunt sliced just under 5 seconds off her third-place time (1:16.67) in the same event.

Next up is the Valley Oak League Championships hosted at Sierra next Saturday, May 1.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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