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Lancers bounce back from loss with big wins in VOL tri-meet

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POSTED April 1, 2009 4:00 a.m.
WESTON RANCH — After taking a tough six-point loss to Oakdale on the final race Friday, East Union’s girls team bounced back in a big way Tuesday in a three-team Valley Oak League meet.

The Lancers scored 1-2-3 sweeps in six events to coast 118-38 against Weston Ranch and defeated first-year Lathrop via forfeit.
On the boys side, East Union beat Weston Ranch 99-34, and Lathrop, 112-25. Lathrop’s boys team lost to Weston Ranch, 64-46.

Both East Union teams are now 4-1 with a tough dual meet against Sonora up next.

“We got out-touched in three races last Friday (against Oakdale’s girls), so that was a heartbreaker,” East Union coach Chris Johnson said. “We had swimmers missing for various reasons, but no excuses. We wanted to come out today and swim well, and I think overall we did that.”

Johnson attributed his freestyle swimmers to the dominance of the girls race. The 200- and 400-yard relay teams improved their Sac-Joaquin Section-qualifying marks.

Freestyle sprinters Heather Craft and Maryline Hoste highlighted East Union’s day. Natalie Heihn (200 free, 100 backstroke) and Alicia Alfter (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) won multiple events.

The East Union boys swept all but four events and notched first-place points in every one.

Jeff Claire (100 butterfly, 200 IM), Ben Alfter (200 free, 100 breaststroke), Matt French, Nick Ferreira and Frank Ciccacelli were among their standouts.

Lathrop, which hosted the event, had a couple of highlights courtesy of the freshmen ranks.

Nick Loofli and James Saunders both competed in the 500 freestyle for the first time in their careers.

Loofli finished in 8:31.62, while Saunders came in at 10:00.65.

Mark Maynard improved his 100 breaststroke time to 1:35.04, shaving 15 seconds off his previous best.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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