Despite lacking the numbers of the top programs in the Mid-Valley Swim League, the Manteca Dolphins were still well-represented in Saturday’s season opener at West High School.
Led by Matthew Trejo, the Dolphins tied powerhouse Ripon with a meet-best four high-point winners in the Tracy Invitational.
The Dolphins came in fourth with 646 points. The defending MVSL champion Ripon Sea Lions (1,158), host Tracy (907.5) and Ceres (718) were the top-three teams.
The top point-getter for the meet was Trejo, who scored 54 points in the 7-8 boys division. His impressive day-long effort included first-place finishes in the 25-yard freestyle, 50 freestyle, 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 100 individual medley and 25 breaststroke.
Dolphins teammate Ty Wells joined Trejo and two others in the 50-point club, contributing 52. Wells dominated in the 11-12 boys division, claiming the 100 free, 50 fly, 50 back, 100 IM and 50 free. He was also the runner-up in the 50 breast to teammate Scott Tolman, who scored 39 overall points to place second in the division’s individual-points standings.
Other top-point producers for Manteca were Darrel Yamamura (13-14 boys) and Delaney Brubaker (6-under girls).
Yamamura topped the field in the 100 IM, 50 breast and 50 free while taking second in the 50 fly, third in the 50 back and fourth in the 100 free.
Brubaker won the 25 fly and 25 breast and was second in the 50 free and 25 free, and fourth in the 25 back.
Other Dolphins finishing in the top three in the points standings were: Kennedy Brubaker (6-under girls, third, 16 points), Mallory Brubaker (9-10 girls, third, 37), Vanessa Flores (11-12 girls, third, 26) and Elijah Salas (15-16 boys, third, 28).
Rylee Beidleman (7-8 girls, 49 points), Emma Lewis (13-14 girls, 48), Rosie Vaughn (15-16 boys, 45) and Corey Winter (15-16 boys, 50) paced the Ripon Sea Lions with top-point honors.
Other top contributors for Ripon were: Cade Carroll (6-under boys, third, 13), Sydney Vieira (7-8 girls, third, 22), Lucas Esenwein (7-8 boys, second, 31), Dylan Zador (7-8 boys, third, 25), Noah Esenwein (9-10 boys, second, 41), Jacob Thompson (9-10 boys, third, 40), Hannah Sweet (11-12 girls, second, 31), Maddie Hawes (13-14 girls, third, 22), Kaylie Sheaffer (15-16 girls, second, 34) and Matt Vasquez (17-18 boys, third, 34).