The Sierra boys swim team improved to 3-0, while Manteca’s girls picked up two close wins in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Friday.
Host Sierra sank Manteca 96-55 in the boys competition while picking up a 97.5-76.5 victory over Central Catholic, which salvaged a split by charging past Manteca, 86-71.
Manteca’s girls tallied clutch pints in the 400-yard freestyle relay to beat Sierra, 88-79. The Buffaloes also beat Central Catholic, 88-74. Sierra held off the Raiders from Modesto, 85-77.
Nik Brink was Sierra’s top male performer, racing to first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley and 500 free against both opponents. He was also on the winning 200 free and 400 free relays.
Against Manteca, Jordan Shinn won the 50 free, Charles Randolph won the 100 backstroke and Zach Van Zwaluenberg the 100 breaststroke.
Manteca (0-3) was paced by Josh Craighead, who took first in the 200 free and 100 butterfly. Standout Matthew Trejo was out with an illness.
The Manteca-Sierra girls showdown came down to the final two races, with the host Timberwolves trailing, 69-68. Manteca held them off with depth. The Buffaloes’ 400 free relay edged out Sierra’s top quartet by 4 seconds to win the final event and help secure the overall team victory. Sam Cerritos (50 free), Ayva Savoy (100 free) Anna Sephos (500 free) claimed individual events for Manteca.
Meghan Tolman easily won the 200 IM and 100 breast for Sierra, which also had first-place poins from Emilee Holmes (200 free), Monique Ochoa (100 fly) and Ezra Moral (100 back).
Junior varsity girls
Sierra 86, Manteca 24
Sierra secured first-place points in six of the eight events.
Rylee Zavala (50 free), Maria Garcia (50 fly), Natalie Mellado (100 free) and Tatiana Franco (50 back) won individual races. The Timberwolves also won the 200 medley and 200 free relays.