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Manteca rides strong finish for win at East Union
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Jessica Wells of Manteca surges ahead of East Union’s Savannah Hudson in the 100-yard breaststroke. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin

The Manteca boys and girls swim teams broke away from a close Valley Oak League dual meet by earning first-place finishes in the final three events Friday at East Union.
The Buffaloes outpointed their rivals 88-70 in the boys competition, while the girls triumphed, 94-74.
East Union was able to keep pace with its advantage in numbers but managed to win just one varsity boys race — the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Manteca won the rest and by wide margins. Josh Craighead (500 free, 100 backstroke), Matthrew Trejo (100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly) and Marc Buenrostro (200 free, 100 free) were multi-event winners. Arturo Avila claimed the 200 individual medley, and Jerry Walser took first in the 50 free.
Jessica Wells (200 IM, 100 breast) and Sam Cerritos (50 free, 100 free) led the way for Manteca’s girls. Emilee Craighead added a win in the 500 free, and Abbey Kadillak won the 100 back.
Kelly Ball was East Union’s top performer with victories in the 200 free and 100 fly. She was also part of the winning 200 free relay.
It was all East Union at the junior varsity level. The Lancers’ JV boys cruised 69-4 behind Dominic Valentine (100 IM, 50 fly), Isaac Donnelly (50 free, 100 free), Elijah Villasenor (50 back) and Hunter Campbell (50 breast).
East Union decisively won JV girls, 95-14. Race winners were Emma Smith (100 IM, 100 free), Trinity Cervantes (50 free, 50 back), Karis Madrid (50 fly) and Emily Agbayani (50 breast).

Oakdale at Sierra
The Sierra boys suffered its first defeat of the season, 108-58. The girls did not fare better, falling, 111-44.
Nik Brink tallied the only first-place points for the boys with his win in the 500 free. He also led the winning 400 free relay. Meghan Tolman highlighted the girls team with first-place efforts in the 100 free and 100 breast.