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A first for the Fins

Manteca sending 30 to Meet of Champions

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A first for the Fins

Scott Tolman, center, and, to his right, Mallory Brubaker are among the 30 Manteca Dolphins who qualified for the Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED August 2, 2013 1:50 a.m.

Trevor Allen is flying in from Utah, and the Burke siblings have postponed packing for a few days.

Don’t tell these Manteca Dolphins the Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions isn’t a big deal.

For the first time in team history, Manteca heads north to the Roseville Aquatic Complex for the two-day, season-ending all-star competition.

The meet invites only the best in each age group from clubs throughout the valley. Participants earned a berth into the meet by posting a qualifying time or finishing in the top-10 at their league championship.

“This is a spectacular way to end the season,” said Lori Brubaker, Manteca’s outgoing president.

The Dolphins will send 30 swimmers to the meet, which takes on added significance for their decorated group of 13- and 14-year-old boys.

These will be their final swims together.

Scott Tolman and Johnny Buonauro will leave the Dolphins following the meet to begin a year-round program with Ripon Aquatics.

Jimmy Burke and his sister Ellie, a dynamo in the 7-8 division, are moving to Deer Park, Texas later this month, according to Brubaker.

Deer Park is the hometown of their father, Col. Adrian Burke, who recently retired from the Marines after 29 years of service.

That leaves only Jacob Evans and Allen from the Meet of Champions roster, and Allen is only a part-time resident.

Allen lives in Utah for most of the year, spending only the summer months in Manteca with his mother Elsa. He returned to Utah following the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships, but booked a return flight when the Dolphins finalized their Meet of Champions plans.

“This is their swan song. This is the ending of a great summer season for these boys,” said Brubaker.

“There’s some excitement going into this meet but also some sadness, too. They’re all headed in different directions after this.”



6 and under


McKeane Beier is the Dolphins’ youngest competitor this weekend. The 6-year-old surges into the Meet of Champions after setting two team records en route to a high-point award at league championships. Beier will swim three events: 25-yard freestyle, 25 breaststroke and 50 free.



7/8


Ashlynn See and Hayden Beier look to add the crowning jewel to their collection of high-point trophies.

The two have swept the top individual award at every invitational and championship this season.

See and Beier have matching Meet of Champions itineraries: 25 free, 25 back, 50 free, 25 breaststroke and 25 butterfly.

See will also anchor the Dolphins’ undefeated medley and freestyle relay teams.

Also competing: Delaney Brubaker (25 free, 50 free 25 breaststroke, 25 butterfly); Ellie Burke (25 free, 25 breaststroke); Jasmine Stowers (25 free, 25 backstroke); and Kennedy Brubaker (25 free, 25 backstroke, 50 free, 25 butterfly).



9/10


Emma Ayers and Meghan Tolman will swim five events apiece: the 100 individual medley, 25 free, 50 free, 25 breaststroke, and 25 butterfly.

Also competing: Katalina Soares (100 IM, 50 free); and Donovan Armstrong (25 free, 25 backstroke, 50 free).



11/12

This should be a solid litmus test for Mallory Brubaker, who is leaving the Dolphins to begin a year-round program with Ripon Aquatics. She will swim the 100 individual medley, 50 free, 50 backstroke, 100 free, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly.

It will be a busy weekend for Garret Kmiec. He’s scheduled to swim in seven events, including two relays – the most of any 11- and 12-year-old. Kmiec will compete in the 100 individual medley, 50 free, 50 back, 100 free, 50 breaststroke, and medley and freestyle relays.

Also competing: Kelly Ball (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly); David Tolman (50 free, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke); Erick Enriguez (50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly); Giovanni Padilla (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly); and Nik Brink (100 IM, 50 free, 50 butterfly).



13/14


Scott Tolman and Johnny Buonauro dominated the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships, earning a share of the high-point trophy.

Can they repeat that performance in faster waters?

Tolman and Buonauro, who leave for Ripon Aquatics following this meet, will each swim the 100 individual medley, 50 free, 50 backstroke, 100 free, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly.

Also competing: Jordan Kmiec (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 50 breaststroke); Nancy Enriquez (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 100 butterfly); Jimmy Burke (100 IM, 50 free, 50 backstroke, 100 free, 50 breaststroke); Trevor Allen (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly); and Jacob Evans (50 free, 100 free, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly).



15/18


The Big Barracuda is set to become a small fish again, but not before one last meet.

Jeremy Coronado will attend Cal State Stanislaus in the fall, effectively ending his Dolphins career.

Coronado leaves behind a legacy. He owns the program record for the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 11.51 seconds).

He’ll swim the 50 and 100 free, as well as 100 breaststroke at Meet of Champions.

Also competing: Marissa Benham (100 IM, 100 free, 50 butterfly); Allyson Walker (100 IM 50 free); Trevor Fast (100 IM, 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly); and Zachary Thomas (50 free, 100 free).

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