OAKDALE – Records are made to be broken, and three were eclipsed Saturday in the Valley Oak League swimming championships at Oakdale High.
Sierra’s Scott Tolman broke the year-old record in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 53.54 seconds) and 13-year-old record in the 50 freestyle (21.68), both being Sac-Joaquin Section qualifying times. Tolman also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay of David Tolman, Trevor Fast and Johnny Buonauro in a section qualifying time of 3:25.63.
Scott Tolman’s mark in the 200 IM broke his own school record as well.
“All I wanted to do was get out there and race,” Scott Tolman said. “I mostly wanted to improve my times a bit especially since my next race will be in sections.
“I still need to get used to going from the backstroke to the breaststroke in the IM.”
Ripon’s Ty Wells won the 100 butterfly in 51.86, besting a record that had stood for 10 years. Sierra’s Trevor Fast’s second-place effort of 52.34 was also beat the old record, and both times were section qualifying. Fast’s time was good for a school record as well.
“It went pretty good today,” Wells said. “My 200 was a little bit off but I definitely exceeded my expectations in the 100 fly so it kind of evened out.”
The Sierra boys won the meet with 142 points, beating second-place Kimball by 42 points.
“This was great,” Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher said. “The kids did outstanding today and a lot of kids improved on their times.
“This was a group effort, from the staff at school to the parents to the swimmers.”
The Sierra boys 200 medley relay was first (1:41.95, section qualifying) and the 200 freestyle relay third (1:41.60), Wells won the 200 freestyle (1:48.73 section qualifying), Buonauro was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.45 section qualifying) and 100 freestyle (52.16), David Tolman won (1:03.77 section qualifying) the 100 breaststroke and Fast was second in the 100 backstroke (55.97, section qualifying).
Ripon girls win
with 10 swimmers
Kimball was the bridesmaid in the girls’ competition as well with 111 points to 164 for Ripon. What makes the Indians’ win even more impressive is that they had only 10 swimmers.
“Today went really great,” Ripon coach Kim Corjiat said. “The kids swam really great.
“We have a small team but we are really dedicated swimmers and they are competitive.”
For the Ripon girls, the Indians won the 200 medley (1:57.95, section qualifying) and 200 freestyle (1:45.97, section qualifying) relays, Mallory Brubaker was first (2:03.68, section qualifying) and Chloe Winter second (2:11.00) in the 200 freestyle, Hannah Sweet won the 200 IM (2:17.63, section qualifying), Elizabeth Wenner was second in the 50 freestyle (25.81, section qualifying) and 100 backstroke (1:05.04, section qualifying), Andria Martin was second in the 100 butterfly (1:05.61) and Winter was third (1:06.38), Kyra Foley placed second (58.59) and Amber Scheid third (59.64) in the 100 freestyle, Sweet won (5:20.00, section qualifying) and Brubaker (5:22.99, section qualifying) was second in the 500 freestyle, Wenner was second (1:05.04, section qualifying) in the 100 backstroke, Kyra Foley won (1:13.37, section qualifying) and Scheid was second (1:16.11, section qualifying) in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay of Scheid, Sweet, Winter and Brubaker finished first (3:59.57, section qualifying).
The Manteca boys 200 freestyle relay of Austin Welch, Kameron Beamon, Steele Roberts and Jacob Evans took first place with a section-qualifying time of 1:39.11. Welch was third in the 200 individual medley (2:25.54).
“We swam great,” Manteca coach Sarah Houck said. “We had a lot of swimmers with their best times.
The Manteca junior varsity girls took second to Oakdale on Saturday.
“Our junior varsity girls did great,” Houck said. “They were undefeated and won the (dual-meet) VOL championships this year but today it was kind of a challenge because some of the Oakdale varsity girls dropped down to JV for this meet so we didn’t do quite as well as we had hoped.”
The East Union contingent saw a lot of swimmers trimming time from their previous best efforts.
“We didn’t have any grand expectations of being able to win mass amounts of things, but we had a lot of kids dropping time,” Lancers coach Natalie Heihn said. “Some by double digits which is what you want to see at the end of the year.
“Kelly Ball did fantastic in her 50 freestyle and just missed qualifying for sections as did Savannah Hudson. Kelly, Savannah, Hannah Estrella and Maria Amador were less than a second away from qualifying in 200 freestyle relay.”
East Union’s Josh Macedo and Connor McKee improved their times in the 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
“I feel really good,” Macedo said. “My times went down on everything and felt good overall.”
Macedo finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.14), edging sixth-place McKee (1:13.24)
“I felt pretty good,” McKee said. “I ended up dropping five seconds in the breaststroke from the beginning of the season and almost tied with Josh in the breaststroke.”
Ripon’s Daniel Esenwein won the 500 freestyle (4:58.78, section qualifying) and 100 backstroke (55.97, section qualifying), Weston Ranch’s Garrett Kmiee was second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.04), Manteca’s Nikolas Brink was third (5:44.67) in the 500 freestyle, the Ripon boys were second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.48, section qualifying) and third in the 200 medley relay (1:52.05).