TRACY — Scott Tolman made school history during his outstanding junior season.
Now a senior, he wanted to make 2016 about the team.
Led by its three standout seniors, the Sierra boys swim team completed a perfect run through the Valley Oak League on Monday, guaranteeing sole possession of its first-ever title with a 98-72 win over host Kimball at West High’s Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center. Kimball’s runner-up girls squad won, 117-54.
“It’s a great feeling, especially for these guys who worked really hard for it,” longtime Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher said. “The seniors just missed it the last couple of years. They came in as freshmen and set that as a goal.”
Sierra (8-0) never trailed after its 200-yard medley relay teams placed first and third. The lead widened over the last four events, all won by Timberwolf competitors.
Tolman came through with commanding first-place swims in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Trevor Fast took first in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. They each also led two winning relays.
Fellow senior John Buonauro was second in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke and was part of the winning 200 medley and 500 free relays. David Tolman won the 100 breast and joined the senior trio for the 400 free relay. Nikolas Brink added big points with second-place finishes in the 200 free and 500 free.
Breitenbucher got what was expected out of his top athletes, but applauded the efforts of those who contributed points on the back end of each race.
“You have to develop your depth going up against programs that have year-round teams in their towns like Ripon, Oakdale and Tracy do,” Breitenbucher said. “It’s all on them. You have to work really hard to get to where you want to be, and all of these guys really did it.”
Ashlea Green was Sierra’s top female performer with second-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 back.