The strength is in numbers for the Oakdale High swimming program. Not just the numbers of the program’s size, but the times the teams posted in its Valley Oak League program sweep of the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
Sierra battled valiantly on the boys front, falling to the Mustangs 93-77, but the girls numbers were more lopsided, with the Timberwolves losing 114-56.
Sierra did have reason to be pleased after the dual meet, posting a pair of qualifying times for the Sac-Joaquin Section swim championships at season’s end. The Timberwolves knew what they were going against when they made the trip to Oakdale and were not surprised.
“They’ve got one high school and they’ve got a good program over there,” Sierra head coach Dave Breitenbucher said. “They have a year-round program in that town and it just makes it a little tougher.
“But the kids did great and we were really pleased with them.”
Sierra was only able to nab one first-place finish in the meet, with Ashley McKinney winning the 100 back in 1:11. Marrisa Machado (200 IM, 100 breast), Taylor Pereza (50 free), Rachel Holmstrom (100 fly) and Sophia Ferriera (500 free) all earned second place finish.
Sierra had Machado qualify in the 100 free and 400 free relay squad also put together a qualifying time.
“The girls have been working relentlessly with coach Robin Errecart and we are ecstatic with what they did today,” Breitenbucher said. “Kids improved their times; we had a qualifier improve on their time.
“We really can’t ask for anything more.”
East Union 83, Kimball 82 (B)
Kimball 89, East Union 80 (G)
The Lancers were able to pull out a victory in the boys meet, but fell in the girls meet by nine points Tuesday.
The boys team saw Elijah Salas (100 fly, 100 back), Lucas Romero (200 IM, 100 free) and Chris Wells (50 free, 100 breast) all earn victories, while Jenelle Machedo (200 free, 100 back) and Julia de Groot (200 IM, 100 fly) won on the girls side.
Dave Hudson also was victorious in the 100 breast.
Manteca 118, Lathrop 39 (B)
Manteca 122, Weston Ranch 21 (B)
The Buffaloes cruised to easy victories on both the boys and girls fronts, beating Lathrop High and Weston Ranch by nearly 100 points in each division.
“Our times are steadily improving and that is all I can ask of my kids), Manteca head coach Elyce Silva said. “It was nice to get a couple of wins; we have a big match with Ripon coming up (Thursday) and I’m excited to see how our times look then.”
Amanda Christensen won four events on the day for the Buffaloes, while Kevin Perez took first in the 200 free and second in the 100 breast.