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VOL Championships usher area teams into Sac-Joaquin Sections

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East Union High's Kimberly Contreas battles in the last lap of the varsity girls 500 freestyle during Saturday's Valley Oak League swimming finals at Sierra High.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED May 2, 2010 2:50 a.m.
The Sierra High girls swimming team came just six points shy of taking the Valley Oak League Championship meet crown, falling to Oakdale High 132-126 in the eight-team league finale at Sierra High Saturday.

Oakdale continued its season long dominance, winning the boys and girls titles with the boys edging out Sonora High 136-133. Sierra’s boys (74) came in third, while Ripon (42), Manteca (35), East Union (33) and Weston Ranch (5) rounded out the boys results.

The girls side saw Manteca (40), East Union (32) and Weston Ranch (10) all fall in behind the third place Sonora.

Sierra’s Megan Viduya won the 200-free league championship with a time of 2:05.58, while teammate Zach Holmstrom won the 200-IM title with a time of 2:14.49. Sierra’s girls group of Stephanie Davis, Niki DeGeorge, Kara Hall and Christina Ngo teamed up for the 200-medley title with a time of 2:01.61, two full seconds ahead of the nearest squad.

East Union’s Julia DeGroot won the 100-fly championship with a time 1:04.16 and also swam to the 500-free title with a time of 5:36.78. Lancer Ben Alfter took home a second place finish in the 50-free, coming in behind Sonora’s Ryan Holder. Derek Price of Ripon High, took third behind Alfter. Price also nabbed a second-place finish in the 100-free as well.

The meet hosted nearly 50 teams combined at all levels, yet went off without hiccup in relatively quick fashion.

“The planning took a couple of months, but we have great parents and it is impossible to put this on without the parents,” Sierra head coach David Breitenbucher said. “It went very smooth; only a couple of minor mishaps that were to be expected.

“We are very pleased with how things turned out.”

It could have been a little better for Breitenbucher’s girls team, who put up an unbelievable performance, pushing the lady Mustangs to the brink.

“We were like 20-points behind (Oakdale) in third place when we saw a copy of the meet,” Breitenbucher said. “So I am extremely pleased with their performances. A lot of the kids showed up and swam their best races, so we truly cannot complain.”

Now the advancing area locals will be heading to the Sac-Joaquin Sections at Tokay High in Lodi. Continuing a season will revolve around low times and posting those low numbers on a consistent basis.

“We have four boys and about 14 girls advancing to sections,” Breitenbucher said. “So we will get back to work immediately, getting ourselves ready for Tokay in two weeks.”

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