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SWIMMING: Sierra begins season with sweep of Manteca
Bulletin sports 2020-21
Sierra's Becca Thomson was second in the 200-yard individual medley in 3 minutes, 15.50 seconds. - photo by Dave Campbell

Sierra won both the boys and the girls swim meets Friday against visiting Manteca, taking the boys 80-39 and running away with the girls, 117-40.

Zachary Van Zwaluwenberg took home three firsts for the Timberwolves, winning the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 41.24 seconds) and was on the winning 200 medley relay (2:04.94) with Josh Brake, Gabriel Monasterio, Jordan Shinn and the 400 freestyle relay with Joshua Thomas, Moises Alvarado and Jacob Hargus (no time).

“I did pretty good,” Van Zwaluwenberg said. “My legs are a bit sore.

“We have had a lot less practice than we normally have before our first meet.”

Also finishing first for Sierra were Monasterio (100 butterfly, 1:11.92 and 100 backstroke, 1:26.23), Brake (200 free, 2:45.80), Hargus (100 freestyle, 1:00.89), Raymond Martinez (500 freestyle, 8:31.97)

Molly Fadeef also had three first places for Sierra, winning the 500 freestyle (6:58.53) and the 400 free relay (5:02.49) with Becca Thomson, Marissa Rush, Taylor Miske and 200 medley relay (2:17.24) with Lauren Ellis, Jennifer Graves, Emilee Holmes, first. 

“It was a really good meet,” Fadeef said. “I was really excited to get back in the water and have an actual meet because we have not been able to do that. 

“I think it went pretty good.”

Ellis (100 freestyle, 1:11.33; 100 breast stroke, 1:32.14), Graves (200 freestyle, 2:10.40), Rush (200 individual medley, 3:14.89), Zoie Willson (50 freestyle, 32.01) and Miske (100 butterfly, 1:04.55) all finished first for the Timberwolves as did the 200 free relay of Thomson, Miske, Graves and Ellis (2:03.59).  

Bulletin sports 2020-21
Manteca's Jaycob Funsch was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 56.05 seconds. - photo by Dave Campbell

For the Buffaloes, Camden Steckler won the 50 free (24.24), 100 breast stroke, (1:15.73) and was on the winning 200 free relay (1:47.73) with Evani Gaeta, Jaycob Funsch and Jerry Walser.

“Today was a new starting point for me,” Steckler said. “It was good to get back into swimming again. 

“I was just trying to get in the pool and get some reps in to get some good times and set some benchmarks for me.”

Manteca’s Abbey Kadillak was second in the 100 butterfly (1:24.66).

“We did pretty good for only having one week of practice,” Kadillak said. “It was a good start. 

“We have some room for improvement, but overall it was a good day.”

Madelaine Patterson was the lone champion for the lady Buffaloes, winning the 100 back stroke (1:47.07).