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Manteca’s Tolman among four area high-point champions

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Ripon’s Braden Van Vuren prepares for a quick get off Saturday during the Mid-Valley Swim Conference Championships in Ripon.


POSTED July 19, 2012 12:22 a.m.

The Mid-Valley Swim League crowned a new champion after last Saturday’s season-ending meet held at Ripon High’s Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.

The Sea Dogs of Turlock outpointed three-time defending champion Ripon 1,090 to 978.5. The Manteca Dolphins placed fifth with 556.5 points.

Leading the runner-up Sea Lions were high-point individual champions Andria Martin (11-12 girls) and Noah Esenwein and Matthew Trejo, who are co-titlists in 9-10 boys.

Scott Tolman capped his season-long dominance by earning top honors in the 13-14 boys division while breaking a meet record. He clocked in at 30.04 seconds to claim the 50-yard breaststroke and shatter Spencer Vaughn’s mark of 30.43 set in 2007. Tolman owns the team record of 29.65 set this season.

Tolman tallied the maximum 27 points by winning three individual events. He also won the 100 individual medley and 50 freestyle and teamed up with Johnny Buonauro, Nicolas Perez and Austin Welch on the victorious 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Three other Dolphins placed in the top three among top point getters in their respective divisions.

Giovanni Padilla placed third behind Ripon’s Esenwein and Trejo in 9-10 boys after three runner-up finishes in the 100 IM, 100 free, and 50 butterfly. Kelly Ball finished third in 9-10 girls with second-place swims in the 100 free and 50 fly and a third in the 100 IM. Mallory Brubaker was part of a three-way tie for third in the 11-12 girls division. She took second in both the 50 free and 100 free, and third in the 50 fly.

Hayden Beier was another Dolphin of note. He was on the bubble of cracking the top three in 7-8 boys, as he captured the top spot in the 25 back stroke and ended up tied for third in the 25 free.

Also, the 100 free relay team of Emma Ayers, Abbey Kadillak, Ashlynn See and Kali Spade won the 7-8 girls race for Manteca.

The Sea Lions had 10 swimmers make the high-point leaderboard.

Esenwein (50 back, 50 breast, 50 free) and Trejo (100 IM, 100 free, 50 fly) each earned three individual first-place medals and joined Justin Hansen and Caleb VanDonselaar on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Martin won the 100 free, 50 fly and 50 back for the 11-12 girls title. Teammate Chloe Winter was the division’s runner-up, and both were part of the winning 200 medley relay along with Janessa Inderbitzin and Samantha McCreath.

Jack Gioffre and Dylan Zador were the No. 2 and 3 finishers in 7-8 boys. They also led the first-place 100 medley relay team with help from Michael Gioffre and Matthew Taggar.

Jalyn Vander Wal (13-14 girls), Kaylie Shaeffer (15-16 girls), Alex Durham (15-16 boys) and Mackenzie Rigney (17-18 girls) were all runners-up.

Ripon won two other relay events: the 7-8 girls 100 medley (Ariana Sholten, Kate Villegas, Farrah Brown, Molly Burton) and 13-14 girls 200 free (Alyssa Armijo, Logan Amandon, Mal Carlos, Vander Wal).

Shannon Johnson contributed first-place points for Ripon in the 9-10 girls 50 free.

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