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Sierra begins VOL with wins over Manteca
Manteca High’s Meghan Donnahi competes in the 200-meter freestyle during Friday’s Valley Oak League-opening meet at Sierra High. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Sierra High’s boys and girls swim teams started off the Valley Oak League season on a high note Friday, defeating visiting rival Manteca High.

The Sierra girls, who had their run of three straight conference championships ended by Oakdale last year, won every event in a lopsided 126-54 win. Manteca’s boys were more competitive but fell, 100-65.

Two-time Bulletin All-Area Girls Swimmer of the Year Kara Hall led 1-2-3 sweeps in the 200-meter individual medley and 100 breaststroke. She was also on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Also a part of four wins were Taylor Pereza and Christina Ngo. Ngo claimed the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams win. Pereza was victorious in the 50 free and 100 free along with the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Rachel Holmstrom added first-place points in the 200 free and 500 free and contributed in the 4000 free relay.

Sophia Ferriera swam on all winning relay teams, and Ashley McKinney had a hand in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

The Sierra boys didn’t have any multi-event winners but were able to pull it off with depth.

Matt Elliott (200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Nick Jamero (100 fly, 100 medley relay, 400 free relay) and Vicente Castro (100 breast, 200 medley relay) paced the Timberwolves.

Tim Cornish and Ryan Melton were on the winning 200 free and 400 free relay teams.

Kevin Craighead (500 free, 100 back) and Trevor Gardner (50 free, 100 free) each won two events for Manteca. Joey Grijalva placed first in the 200 IM.