East Union swim coach Natalie Heihn won’t judge Lathrop by Tuesday’s final scores.
On paper, the Lancers appeared to roll to a pair of Valley Oak League victories. Isaac Danhoff and Lucas Romero won a pair of individual events to lead the boys to a 104-62 win, while the girls celebrated four double winners in a 112-54 triumph.
In the water, though, the Spartans pushed the Lancers for every point.
“Lathrop gave the majority of our team some great competition,” Heihn said.
Ask Danhoff, who shared his 100-yard backstroke victory with a Spartan whose name wasn’t reported to The Bulletin. The two touched the wall in exactly 1 minute, 22 seconds, producing a rare first-place tie.
Danhoff also won 50 freestyle in 26.46.
Romero grabbed wins in the 200 individual medley (2:30.24) and 100 free (54.22), while Sunny Hernandez and Kyle Merkle added the Lancers’ point total with victories.
Hernandez’s win in the 200 freestyle was his first of the season. He closed with a 2:32.35.
Merkle won the 500 free in 6:29.
East Union’s girls received banner performances from Maria Amador, Hannah Estrella, Jennelle Macedo and Devin Delion. The quartet won two individual events apiece, anchoring the Lancers’ runaway victory.
Amador won the long freestyles. She clocked a 2:30 in the 200 free and a 6:40.35 in the 500 free.
Estrella captured the 200 IM (2:45.69) and the 100 butterfly (1:15), while Macedo sprinted to victory in the 50 free (27.70) and 100 backstroke (1:10.23). Deleon was tops in the 100 freestyle (1:12.86) and the 100 breaststroke (1:34.32).
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Emely Pacas (100 IM, 1:38.88), Keona D’Sousa (50 freestyle, 37.37) and Danielle Robinson (100 freestyle, 1:26.05) all won events for the Lancers.