WESTON RANCH — A disqualified Oakdale High 4x 400 boys relay team could only stand and watch as the Ripon Indians claimed the boys Valley Oak League swimming championship by two points Saturday.
The Indians garnered three individual league championships, one apiece from Corey Winter and Derek Price along with the clinching victory in the meet’s final relay, landing the Indians the title.
Winter finished as the VOL’s best in the 100 fly and nabbed a second in the 200 IM. The Indians took second in the 200 Medley relay as a team, and received a first from Price in the 100 free and a second in the 500 free from Zach Scudder.
The Indians’ two-point victory over Oakdale left an up-and-coming Ripon program nearly 50 points ahead of nearest area school East Union.
The Lancers got a first-place finish from Elijah Salas, who won the100 back. The boys 4 x 400 relay team also reaped the benefits of Oakdale’s misfortune, earning a second place finish just three-tenths of a second behind Ripon.
The Lancers’ girls program fared best of all the area schools, swimming to 74 points and a fourth place overall finish. Julia DeGroot took a pair of second place finishes, in both the 200 and 500 free.
The Ripon girls’ team (66) points got a VOL championship from Simone Gagnon in the 200 IM, while teammate Emma Lewis earned a second place finish in the 50 free. The Manteca High 200 free relay team earned a runner-up finish, second to league champ Oakdale.
The Weston Ranch swimming program did a phenomenal job hosting the events, getting the lengthy league finale event completed without any major setbacks or disruptions.
“We are very pleased,” Cougars head coach Tim Boyd said. “The number of volunteers that step up every year to put this meet on is just fantastic. It takes a lot of planning and preparation.
“The Manteca Dolphins stepped in and really did a great job.”
The swimmers with section qualifying times will begin preparing for the Section Swimming Trials beginning for the girls May 10 at Tokay High in Lodi. The boys’ trials will be May 11, with the finals in both divisions scheduled for May 12.