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Ripon inches toward twin titles
Ripon Highs Ty Wells gets the early jump on the competition in the 100-yard butterfly against Central Catholic and host Manteca at R. Stephen Winter Swimming Pool on Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

The path is now clear for the Ripon High boys and girls to claim Valley Oak League titles after knocking off host Manteca at R. Stephen Winter Swimming Pool on Thursday.

In a battle of unbeatens, the Indians boys nipped Manteca 96-79 in the quest for their first championship in program history.

The defending champion girls won by a wider margin 121-51, and they’re closing in on their fourth crown in five years. Central Catholic also took part in the meet and lost to both schools. 

Both Ripon teams are 6-0, and they’ll look to cap the regular season undefeated next Thursday, April 13 in a double dual against Lathrop and host Weston Ranch. Manteca (boys 5-1, girls 3-3) heads to Sierra for its all-city matchup that includes East Union.

Manteca freshman Matthew Trejo went head-to-head with returning CIF State Championships qualifier Ty Wells of Ripon in two events on Thursday. They are teammates for year-round Ripon Aquatics. 

In the first individual race of the meet, Wells edged out Trejo in the 200-yard freestyle with the winning time of 1 minute, 48.71 seconds. Trejo checked in at 1:49.89. Later, Wells (53.48) took first in the 100 butterfly with Trejo (53.71) again pushing him.

Ripon’s Jacob Thompson won a competitive 200 individual medley in 2:22.36, with only two seconds separating him and third-place finisher Steele Roberts of Manteca. Ripon’s Lucas Esenwein (2:24.36) was the runner-up. Thompson was also the top placer in the 100 backstroke.

Noah Esenwein contributed first-place points in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke for the Indians, who also won all three relays. Jacob Evans was Manteca’s only swimmer to win events, dominating the 50 free and 500 free.

Ripon won every girls event, and Amber Scheid spearheaded a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breast. 

Mallory Brubaker (200 free, 500 free), Eleanor Tran (200 IM, 100 fly) and Elizabeth Wenner (50 free, 100 free) were multi-event winners. Andria Martin pitched in a win in the 100 back.

Alyssa Trejo (second 200 IM, third 100 fly) and Samantha Cerritos (third 50 free, third 100 free) were the top scorers for Manteca.


Sierra, Lathrop at Oakdale

OAKDALE — Sierra’s reigning champion boys squad (4-2) split on Thursday, narrowly losing to Oakdale 78-75 while coasting past Lathrop, 108-22.

The Sierra girls (3-3) lost to Oakdale 129-36 but beat Lathrop, 80-60.

David Tolman was the Timberwolves’ top all-around performer. He won the 200 IM, 100 breast and led the 200 medley and 200 free relays to victories. Esteban Castro (500 free), Nik Brink (200 free) and Meghan Tolman (100 breast) each won one individual event.