LODI — Meghan Tolman produced one of several highlights from area swimmers in the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials held Thursday and Friday at Tokay High.
The Sierra sophomore competed at the varsity level and proved worthy of the promotion in the girls-only trials Thursday, finishing in a sixth-place tie in the 100-yard breaststroke while breaking a 16-year-old school record and advancing to today’s finals.
The top 16 placers in each varsity and frosh-soph event move on, with the eight fastest entrants in the championship finals and next eight in the consolation heats.
Tolman clocked a time of 1 minute, 5.98 seconds, shattering Ja-Neil Bragg’s previous mark of 1:06.42 set in 2002. She also swam the 100 butterfly, placing 20th in 1:00.65 but improving her previous best by about 2 seconds.
Manteca’s Matt Trejo, also a sophomore, will join Tolman for the second day. On Friday, he earned qualifying spots in two events, taking eighth in the 100 fly (51.51) to make the championship final and 12th in the 200 individual medley (1:59.14).
They will make their bids for the CIF State Championships set for May 18-19 at Clovis West Aquatic Complex on May 18-19. The top three finishers make the cut along with others who meet or surpass at-large standards, and both Tolman and Trejo are not far off.
Ty Wells is taking aim at a fourth straight berth to state. He’s one of Ripon standouts competing in four final-round races today. Wells finished with the fourth best time in the 100 fly (50.76) and seventh in the 100 breast (58.45), while Lucas Esenwein took seventh in the 50 freestyle (21.43) and ninth in the 100 free (47.66). Noah Esenwein and Connor Self joined them on the 200 free (seventh, 1:29.62) and 400 free (10th, 3:24.18) relays.
Mallory Brubaker is also preparing for a busy day after winding up third in the 500 free (5:05.61) and ninth in the 200 free (1:56.08). She’s in two championship finals on the 200 free (eighth, 1:41.48) and 400 free (sixth, 3:44.89) relays with Elizabeth Wenner, Chloe Winter and Amber Scheid.
Wenner reached the 50 free consolation finals with an 11th-place finish (24.27). Emma Magnussen of Ripon Christian took 12th in the 200 free (1:57.06).
It turns out all 12 members of Ripon’s Valley Oak League champion girls team advance, with most of them in frosh-soph races.
Included are Emma Ayers (200 free, 12th, 2:03.90; 500 free, 14th, 5:36.22), Ashtyne Topie (50 free, 13th, 25.67), Eleanor Tran (200 IM, eighth, 2:17.84), the 200 medley relay (eighth, 1:57.53), 200 free relay (14th, 1:47.57) and 400 free (14th, 4:02.28).
Ripon Christian’s Rylee Biedleman turned in the top time in the 100 free (54.15) and second fastest in the 50 free (24.66).
Makai and Kai West are in the 500 free consolation final after placing 13th
and 14th (5:08.52, 5:10.18), respectively.