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Dolphin scores three wins, new meet record
Ripon Sea Lions capture second consecutive MVSL title
Maverick Lin of the Manteca Dolphins Swim Team turned in three first-place finishes in individual events at the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships Saturday in Turlock. - photo by Bulletin file photo
TURLOCK — Thirteen meet records were set Saturday in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships at Pitman High, and one of them belongs to Manteca Dolphins Swim Team member Maverick Lin.

Lin, the team’s top individual with three first-place finishes, is the new record holder in the 9-10-year-old boys division 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 28.51 seconds. The previous mark was held by Soren Dickens, who swam the event in 28.97 in 2007.

The Dolphins had eight team records broken Saturday while finishing fifth in the team standings with 373.5 points.

The big prize went to the Ripon Sea Lions, who captured their second straight MVSL title. The Sea Lions finished the year undefeated in both invitational and three-team meets.

Lin was one of the few to win all of his individual events. He also claimed the 50-yard backstroke (36.50) and 100 freestyle (1 minute, 4.61 seconds) while improving his own team records in both events.

Lin joined forces with Mitchell Brandon, Ty Wells and Giovanni Padilla to set a new team record in the 200 medley relay. The quartet was the runner-up to the Ripon Sea Lions team that shattered the meet record.

Relay teams and individual swimmers were awarded nine points each for first-place finishes, while eighth-place competitors earned one for their respective teams.

Padilla won two events and was second in another while setting the team record in the 7-8-year-old boys 50 freestyle (33.40). Darrel Yamamura also contributed 25 points through individual events and beat his own program record in the 11-12 boys 50-yard breast stroke (35.64).

Ty Wells pitched in three runner-up finishes in the 9-10 boys division. His time in the 100 individual medley is a new Dolphins Swim Team record.

Ashlea Green’s fifth-place time of 31.40 in the 9-10 girls freestyle is another new Dolphins record. She also won the 50 backstroke.

Other noteworthy performers from the Dolphins were: Matthew Trejo (7-8 boys) with two second-place finishes and a third; Jaqueline Davis (9-10 girls) with 15 points; Amanda Christensen (13-14 girls) with 12 points, the bulk of which came in a first-place effort in the 50 backstroke; Chris Wells and Connor McKee with 10 points apiece; and Julia Saling with a second-place finish in the 50 breaststroke.

Andrew Britton and Rosie Vaughn broke multiple meet records for the Sea Lions.

Britton was a part of the 9-10 boys 200-yard medley relay team — which also consisted of Daniel Esenwein, Jacob Thompson and Logan Van Vuren — that punched in a meet record time of 2:27.89.

Britton’s day was only beginning, as he beat his own meet records while winning the 100 IM and 50 breaststroke. He then took second in the 50 free.

Vaughn (13-14 girls) set the meet record in the 100 IM (1:05.18) and 50 breaststroke (32.81). The previous breaststroke mark of 33.18 was set by Sierra High standout Kara Hall in 2007. Vaughn also took second in the 50 butterfly.

Annika Rigney (17-18 girls), one of five Sea Lions to rack up three first-place finishes in individual events, rounds out area swimmers to break a meet record. She outpaced her previous meet record in the 50 butterfly, doing so in 27.90.

Jordan Shinn of the Ceres Dolphins turned in the meet’s most impressive individual effort, breaking three meet records (50 free, 25 back, 25 free) in the 6-under boys division. Jadyn Shinn, also of Ceres, is the record holder in the 7-8 girls 50 free.

The Tracy Tritons 7-8 girls 100 freestyle and 9-10 girls 200 freestyle relay teams broke meet records set previously by the Manteca Dolphins in the mid-90s.

The Ripon Sea Lions had several swimmers contribute much to their championship cause.

Andria Martin (9-10 girls), Christian Britton (11-12 boys), Kellie Mejia (17-18 girls) and Noah Esenwein (7-8 boys) joined Rigney in winning all three of their individual races. Bradley Clark (13-14 boys) and Juan Sevillano Jr. (17-18 boys) each won two events and took second in another.

Also chipping in at least 20 individual points were: Daniel Esenwein (23, 9-10 boys), Emma Lewis (22, 11-12 girls), Madison Hardin (21, 15-16 girls), Spenser Vaughn (21, 17-18 boys) and Samantha McCreath (20, 9-10 girls).

Alex Durham (13-14 boys, 50 back), Nathan Triplett (13-14 boys, 100 IM), Jalyn Vander Wal (11-12 girls, 50 fly), Maddie Hawes (11-12 girls, 100 free) and Zach Pratt (11-12 boys, 50 fly) each won an event.

Sea Lions who had three top-four finishes in individual events were: Makenzi Rigney (15-16 girls), Dylan Zador (6-under boys), Logan Amandon (11-12 girls), Elijah Keenan (15-16 boys) and Josiah Sholten (13-14 boys.

— Jonamar Jacinto