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SWIMMING: Sierra's Meghan Tolman qualifies for state
Ripon's varsity girls place 2nd, frosh-soph boys 1st, frosh-soph girls 3rd
Bulletin swimming 2019
Meghan Tolman broke a Sierra High record and made school history Saturday by taking third place in the 100-yard breaststroke in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. She is Sierra’s first female qualifier for the CIF State Championships. File photo by WAYNE THALLANDER
LODI — Scott Tolman has company, and he knows her well.
Meghan Tolman joins her older brother on the very short list of local qualifiers for the CIF State Swimming Championships after placing third in the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at Tokay High.
The younger Tolman, a Sierra junior, shattered her own school record with a time of 1 minute, 4.68 seconds. Her previous best time of 1:05.58 was set in the Valley Oak League Championships on April 18.
Scott Tolman graduated from Sierra in 2016 and is an All-America caliber swimmer at Cal Baptist. He advanced to the inaugural CIF state meet in 2015 and returned his senior year, returning home with medals in both the 100 breast and 200 individual medley.
Both Tolmans are the only Sierra athletes to make the state swim meet. Ripon alum Ty Wells is the first to achieve it for four years. Daniel Esenwein,,another Ripon grad, made it once.
This year's state meet is set for this Friday and Saturday at Clovis West Aquatic Complex. The top three varsity placers in each event out of the SJS Championships advance to state along with anyone who met or surpassed automatic qualifying times. Tolman is seeded 36th for the trials.
The SJS Trials took place last Thursday for the girls and Friday for the boys. Tolman made it back to Day 2 in two events, taking 16th in the 100 butterfly consolation final in 58.63. She single-handedly placed Sierra seventh in the Division II team standings.
Ripon's five-time defending VOL champion girls team repeated as Division III varsity runner-up with 65 points behind Country Day's 134.5. It was a banner day for the program as a whole. The Indians also seized the frosh-soph boys championship while the frosh-soph girls took third.
Ripon sophomore Ashtyne Topie clocked state consideration times in two events and was one of two Lady Indians to reach the SJS Finals in four events. She made the 50 freestyle championship final, finishing in sixth place in 24.11 seconds — a few ticks faster than the state consideration time of 24.36, She also took part in the 100 free consolation final, finishing 16th in 54.36.
Topie teamed up with Haven Fasani, Amber Scheid and Eleanor Tran for the 200 free relay. The foursome took fifth in the A-Final, finishing in 1:40.15 (state consideration is 1:40.39).
The same quartet competed in the 200 medley relay, advancing to the B-Final and taking ninth overall in 1:52.40.
Scheid was the only other varsity competitor from the area who advanced to the second day in individual events. She made the consolation finals in the 100 free (15th, 54.28) and 100 breast (14th, 1:08.11).
Tran (200 IM, 21st; 500 free, 25th) and Fasani (50 free, 21st, 100 free, 39th) both competed in the trials in two individual events, as Lathrop's Ana De La Garca (200 free, 32nd; 500 free, 30th).
Sierra senior Nikolas Brink was the top varsity male performer from area schools. He took 21st in the 500 free and 35th in the 200 free.
Also participating in the section varsity trials: Manteca's Joshua Craighead (100 fly, 47th), Manteca's Samantha Cerritos (50 free, 44th) Weston Ranch's Garret Kmiec (100 free, 29th), Ripon's Maika West (500 free, 28th), Manteca's boys 200 medley relay (41st), Manteca's boys 400 free relay (36th), Manteca's girls 200 medley relay (32nd) and Manteca's girls 400 free relay (36th).
Matthew Trejo Jerry Walser and Marc Buenrostro joined Craighead in both varsity boys relays for Manteca. The Buffaloes' varsity girls relays included Abby Kadillak, Emma Kadillak, Ayva Savoy and Cerritos.

Frosh-soph boys
Donovan Armstrong and Kai West anchored the championship effort for Ripon.
Armstrong won the 100 free A-Final (48.89) and was the 50 free runner-up (22.36), while Kai West finished fifth in the 200 free (1:50.94) and fourth in the 500 free (5:00.12).
They were also part of the ninth-place 200 free relay (Connor Self, Nolan Boger) and 400 free relay (Conner McClure, Self) teams. Self made the 100 back B-Final and placed 15th overall.
The Indians claimed the Division III team title with 104 points against 51 for second-place St. Mary's.

Ripon (57 points) trailed only first-place Bear River (105) and second-place Christian Brothers (67) in the team rankings.
The 400 free relay of Emma Ayers, Taylor Blair, Molly Burton and Madyson Valencia took fifth in the championship final in 3:51.22. The 200 medley (Lilly Crew, Ayers, Valencia, Kennedy Brubaker) and 200 free (K. Brubaker, Blair, Burton, Valencia) relays made the cut for the consolation finals, placing 11th and 15th, respectively.

Kenedy Brubaker (500 free, 10th) and Blair (200 IM, 14th; 500 free, 14th) swam in Day 2 individual events.