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Ripon boys outlast Manteca
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Manteca took first in just two varsity races as visiting Ripon came away with Valley Oak League wins for its boys and girls swim teams Friday.

Despite securing the first-place points in all but the final event, the Ripon boys contingent had to overcome Manteca’s depth in an 87-82 victory. Manteca won the 400 freestyle relay but the outcome had already been decided. Ripon’s girls won more decisively, 106-64.

It was close throughout in the boys competition, but the Indians got the cushion it needed with a 1-2 finish from Jacob Thompson and Nick Bartlett in the 50 freestyle and a first and third from their 200 freestyle relay teams.

Ripon leaned on its fantastic foursome of Daniel Esenwein (500 free, 100 back), Zach Scudder (200 IM, 100 free), Ty Wells (200 free, 100 fly) and Thompson (50 free, 100 breast), who were each in on four first-place finishes. They make up the team’s winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Brandon Craighead (100 fly, 200 IM) and Sterling Roberts (500 free, 100 breast) both took second in their individual events to pace Manteca.

Emma Lewis was the big points producer for the Ripon girls with wins in the 50 free, 100 back, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Mallory Brubaker took two firsts (200 free, 500 free) and was on the winning 400 free relay. Chloe Winter (100 fly), Andria Martin (200 IM) and Elizabeth Wenner (100 free) won events and also contributed to the relays.

Julia Saling was Manteca’s lone individual winner for the meet, as she edged out Kyra Foley in the 100 breaststroke.


Sierra 123,
Weston Ranch 47

Ashlea Green qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet with a winning time of 6 minutes, 15.92 seconds in the 500 free.

Sierra (5-2) dominated as seven different swimmers won individual events. Amy Windschitl claimed the 200 IM and 100 breast and helped two relays take first. Hannah Astorga (100 fly), Natalie Jamero (200 free) and Paige VanLaar (100 free) spearheaded 1-2-3 sweeps. Vanessa Flores (50 free) and Natalie Randolph (100 back) also picked up first-place points for the Timberwolves.


Sierra 128,
Weston Ranch 36

Weston Ranch managed to win get one first-place finish as Arcel Dimaano out-touched Sierra’s Neil Sandberg in the 100 backstroke.

The visiting Timberwolves (6-1) otherwise dominated and swept in three events. Trevor Fast (200 free, 500 free), Jacob Hampton (200 IM, 100 fly) and Scott Tolman (50 free, 100 free) were four-event winners with other victories coming in the relays. John Buonauro (100 breast) was in on three wins.  Zack Thomas was the runner-up in the 50 free but clocked a section-qualifying time of 22.96 seconds.

JV girls

Sierra 80, Weston Ranch 15

Aubreyanna White (200 IM, 100 breast, two relays) anchored Sierra’s victory and was backed by Mariel Diaz (100 free) and Ameerah Ohtman (100 back).