The challenges of making it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Finals is no easy task, and several of the area swimmers gave their best shot at coming away with a championship berth during the first day of trials at Tokay High in Lodi Thursday.
Sierra High got some of its best performances of the season yet will end an overwhelming success of a season.
“The girls did well and put together a good season,” Sierra head coach David Breitenbucher said. “And we’ll just leave it at that.”
Ripon High also got solid times from Kaylie Sheaffer and Nady Harding in individual action and a solid 200-IM teaming up with Kennedy Gonzales and Savanah Vizcarra, but could not land a spot in the finals in the frosh-soph division.
“The girls bettered their time and really got to enjoy that moment,” Ripon head coach Eric Zador said. “They absolutely had a good time out there.
“These girls are really pumped up for next year.”
East Union’s lone qualifier brought her season to an end as well, with Julia DeGroot not qualifying in the 200-free.
DeGroot does still have hope, earning the second alternate spot in the 500-free.
“She was pretty bummed out,” Lancer head coach Aviette Heinze said. “She was kind of quiet about it and I really couldn’t read her.
“She didn’t improve her times and that’s always hard.”
The boys SJS trials will take place today beginning at 10 a.m. with the finals coming Saturday, also at 10 a.m.