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Ripon girls make early splash at section trials
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LODI — Ripon’s Erika Brown qualified for the finals of the frosh-soph 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during the Sac-Joaquin Section girls swimming Trials at Tokay High on Thursday.

Brown will be the top-seeded swimmer, and favorite, to win each of those events on Saturday. The boys trials take place today. The top 16 swimmers in each event advance, with the No. 9- to 16-seeded finishers competing in consolations.

“We’re looking real good right now,” Ripon head coach Erik Zador said. “We have a chance to win two (frosh-soph) relays, and Brown has a chance to be the first female Ripon swimmer to have two section championships.”

Emma Lewis made the finals and will be seeded fifth in the 50 freestyle. She also made the 100 freestyle consolation. Hannah Sweet qualified for the consolations in the 500 free and the 100 breaststroke. Maddie Hawes will also be on both relay teams with Brown, Sweet and Lewis (200 medley, 200 free).

No swimmers from the city of Manteca qualified, but most of the local entrants produced season- and lifetime-best times.

Manteca High sophomore Julia Saling narrowly missed the top-16 cut in the frosh-soph 100 breast stroke, placing 19th in 1 minute, 14.48 seconds. Senior Amanda Christensen finished 39th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.51). The varsity 200 medley relay team of Haylee Both, Megan Timmins, Kailee Hunt and Christensen took 32nd in 2:09.09.

Jenelle Macedo was East Union’s lone representative Thursday.  She clocked a personal record frosh-soph 100 back time (1:08.98) and improved on her season best in the 200 individual medley (2:27.24).

Sierra sent six underclassmen to compete at the frosh-soph level. Vanessa Flores (50 free, 100 free) and Natalie Randolph (500 free) were the individual competitors. They joined the likes of Olivia Higby, Nancy Enriquez, Natalie Jamero and Amy Windschitl in the relays. Both individuals and the three relays all set personal records.

“We’re happy with the outcome, and we’re pleased to have a strong, young core coming back next year,” Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher.