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Sierra girls coast, boys drop close one
Marissa Machado competes in the butterfly Thursday during the Timberwolves’ win over Ripon. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Sierra Timberwolves hauled in a one-sided  117-51 girls victory Thursday, but the boys came up short  85-79 to visiting Ripon High in the two clubs’ Valley Oak League swim meet, falling in the final race for the difference.

Sierra’s relay teams had a great deal of success. Nick DeGroot, Vicente Castro, Nick Jamero and Tim Cornish  teamed up for a win in the 200 medley relay. Cornish, Matt Elliot, James Thomas and John Osborn teamed up for a victory in the 200 free realy.

The girls team saw Kara Hall (100 breat, 200 IM), Christina Ngo (200 free, 100 back), Ashley McKinney (100 free) and Sophia Ferreira (500 free) all earn wins.

“The team has come together this year,” Sierra head coach David Breitenbucher said. “They are all committed to improving and doing better.

“They don’t give up at all.”

The Timberwolves will try and put together a strong VOL championship meet, laying the foundation for the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet. Both programs closed out the VOL season with matching 6-2 marks.

Manteca 112, Kimball 53 (B)
Manteca 101, Kimball 69 (G)
The Buffaloes were able to move to .500 in both boys and girls VOL seasons, closing out the regular season with a win before heading into the VOL championships a week from Saturday.

The boys got strong performances from Kevin Craighead, who pulled in two firsts in individual events and teamed up for a pair of wins in relays. Dallas Vasquez got his first win of the season, taking the 100 fly. The girls 200 medley relay closed with a win, trailing in the event when anchor leg Amanda Christensen dove in the water. Christensen swam down the lead for the win. Rebecca Mullen earned a pair of firsts, while Elene Sotelo earned a second place finish in her season debut in the 100 free.

“We’re excited for our league championships next week,” Manteca head coach Elyce Silva said. “Our kids are getting better and better every week and we know that next week will be the peak for everyone.”