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High marks for Dolphins, Sea Lions

Area produces 11 high-point winners at championships

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High marks for Dolphins, Sea Lions

The Manteca Dolphins had six high-point award winners at Saturday’s Mid-Valley Swim League Championships at Lathrop High. Winners were, from left: front row, Ashlynn See, McKeane Beier and Hayden B...

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POSTED July 23, 2013 2:05 a.m.

LATHROP – Scott Tolman and Johnny Buonauro took the high-point trophy in their hands, raising it high above the pool deck for those with a camera to capture.

Now this was a picture worthy of a scrapbook.

The dynamic duo put the finishing touches on their decorated Manteca Dolphins careers on Saturday at the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships, sweeping all three of their individual events en route to the 13- to 14-year-old age group’s top prize.

The two will leave the summer recreational league to begin a year-round program with Ripon Aquatics, said Dolphins team president Lori Brubaker.

They’re ready.

Tolman and Buonauro have passed every test, including acing Saturday’s final with shows of speed and ability.

Tolman set meet records in the 50-yard breaststroke (28.20 seconds) and 50 freestyle (22.92) and pulled away in the 50 butterfly, solidifying his perfect season.

Buonauro won the 100 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke to earn a share of the high-point trophy. The two joined forces on the Dolphins’ record-setting 200 freestyle and medley relay teams.

Yet, they were only part of the conversation Saturday. With Tolman and Buonauro transitioning to year-round, the MVSL ushered in a new cast of stars led by Ripon’s Matthew Trejo.

The 10-year-old set new championship standards in each of his three events and captained a record-setting 200 freestyle relay team. He won the 100 IM (1:11.74), 100 freestyle (1:02.30) and 50 butterfly (32.08), lifting the Sea Lions to a second-place finish in the team standings with 1,044 points.

The Dolphins’ banner season continued with a third-place showing (870). The Turlock Seadogs clinched the MVSL team championship with a 1,145 points.

The Dolphins collected a meet-high six high-point trophies, while the Sea Lions finished on their heels with five.

Local high-point award winners were (with age group in parenthesis): McKeane Beier (Dolphins, 6 & under); Ashlynn See (Dolphins, 7-8); Hayden Beier (Dolphins, 7-8); Sydney Vieira (Sea Lions, 9-10); Trejo (Sea Lions, 9-10); Mallory Brubaker (Dolphins, 11-12); Jacob Thompson (Sea Lions, 11-12); Chloe Winter (Sea Lions, 13-14); Tolman and Brubaker (Dolphins, 13-14); and Maddie Hawes (Sea Lions, 15-16).

Other highlights from the MVSL Championships included:

6 & Under

The Dolphins’ McKeane Beier set two team age-group records en route to his first high-point performance of the season. The 6-year-old won the 50 free (46.07) and 25 breaststroke. Teammate Saul Berber also set a team record in the 25 backstroke (27.02).


Ashlynn See and Hayden Beier capped banner seasons for the Dolphins with familiar results: High-point trophies.

See was victorious in the 25 and 50 freestyle, as well as 25 backstroke. She was also part of the Dolphins’ winning 100 medley and freestyle relay teams.

Beier was tops in the 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke and set a new team age-group record in the 50 free with a 33.55.

Both See and Beier completed the MVSL mini-Slam, winning all four of the season’s high-point awards.

The Dolphins’ Delaney Brubaker (25 fly) and the Sea Lions’ Reese Hansen (25 breaststroke) also won events. Brubaker was a member of both winning relay teams.


While Matthew Trejo was one of the meet’s stars, Ripon showcased its depth with victories across this division.

Sydney Vieira edged teammate Rylee Beidlemann for high-point honors with victories in the 50 and 100 free and 50 backstroke. Beidlemann kept the pressure on with wins in the 100 individual medley and 50 fly.

The Sea Lions’ Lucas Esenwein raced away with the gold medal in the 50 freestyle and teamed with Trejo, Jack Gioffre and Cayden Love for a record-setting swim in the 200 free relay. The foursome reset the meet mark with a 2:06.39.


Manteca’s Mallory Brubaker set a personal and team record in the 100 free with a 59.78. She also won the 100 IM and 50 free, earning a fourth consecutive high-point trophy in her final MVSL meet. Like Tolman and Buonauro, Mallory Brubaker will swim year-round with Ripon Aquatics.

Ripon’s Jacob Thompson won the 100 free, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke, and shared high-point honors with Aidan Wong of Blue Tide Aquatics-Summer Tide.

Manteca’s Kelly Ball and Ripon’s Elizabeth Wenner won individual events – the 50 fly and 50 backstroke, respectively.


The Sea Lions’ Chloe Winter earned high-point with victories in the 100 IM and 50 fly. Teammate Andria Martin (50 backstroke) was a distant third.

Jimmy Burke and Trevor Allen teamed with Tolman and Buonauro to create a bit of history in the relay events. The foursome won the 200 medley with a championship-best time of 1:53.18 and later the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.52.


Ripon’s Maddie Hawes clinched the high-point trophy with victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Manteca’s Zachary Thomas set a team record in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 23.49. Ripon’s Logan Amadon captured the 50 fly.


Ripon teammates Kaylie Sheaffer (100 IM) and Mackenzie Rigney (50 breaststroke) notched the area’s only individual victories in this age group. Both were part of the Sea Lions’ winning 200 medley and freestyle relay teams.

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