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East Union coasts past CV

Sierra splits with Oakdale; girls undefeated

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POSTED March 21, 2009 5:51 a.m.

So far, so good for East Union.

The boys and girls teams improved to 2-0 in the Valley Oak League with easy 94-43 and 120-48 victories, respectively, over visiting Central Valley Friday.

“Our individual times are improving each week across the board,” coach Chris Johnson said. “The majority of our swimmers had personal best times today, so they are progressing nicely and are right where we want them.”

Jeff Claire and Ben Alfter once again anchored the Lancers, with Claire leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the 500-yard freestyle. He was also first in the 100 butterfly. Alfter notched first-place times in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

Matt French (50 free) and Nick Ferrera (100 backstroke), and the Lancers won all relay events.

The deep girls team was also impressive, sweeping the 100 back and 200 free.

Earning victories were Natalie Heihn (200 IM, 500 free), Alicia Alfter (100 fly, 100 back), Michelle Mayo (200 free), Sarah Russo (100 breast) and all relays.

After coasting to start the league season, the Lancers expect a step up in competition next week when they host Oakdale.

“That’ll tell the story,” Johnson said. “It’ll be a fun week. Our girls will have to swim their best.”

Oakdale 117, Sierra 52 (B)
Sierra 104, Oakdale 66 (G)
At Sierra, the boys team (1-1, 2-1-1) dropped its first dual of the season, with only Josh Revives earning first-place points. He claimed the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

The defending champion girls contingent had an easier time, as won all but two events.

Megan Viduya (200 free, 100 free), Niki DeGeorge (100 fly, 100 back) and Kara Hall (100 breast, 200 IM) led the way. The Timberwolves also won the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.

Manteca 99, Weston Ranch 43 (B)
Manteca 102, Weston Ranch 41 (G)
Manteca 117, Lathrop 26 (B)
Manteca 119, Lathrop 8 (G)
At Manteca High, the host Buffaloes swept the double-dual meet as both boys and girls squads improved to 2-1.

Davina Bennett paced the girls team with wins in the 50 free and 100 breast. She also led the 200 free and 400 free relays to victory. Lauren Mobley placed first in the 200 free to spearhead a sweep.

Manteca’s boys won all three relays and picked up individual first-place points from Joey Grijalva (50 free), Brent Pollard (100 free) and Jon Brandi (100 breast).

“Our kids really worked hard this week, and that showed in their times,” Manteca coach Elyce Silva said. “Almost everybody’s times improved, and that is exactly what we are working for.”
— Jonamar Jacinto
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