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Water Buffaloes post close wins over Kimball
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The Manteca High swimming program has made tremendous strides all season long and that continued Thursday with a sweep of the Kimball High program on both fronts in Valley Oak League action.

Manteca cruised to an easy 95-77 win on the girls side, getting a first place finish from Julia Saling in the 100 breast (1:20.66) with Megan Timmins and Erin Kennedy coming in second and third, respectively, for the clean sweep of the event.

“Kimball has a really talented team with a number of exceptional swimmers,” Manteca head coach Elyce Silva said. “Our girls were challenged today and many of them (set personal records) because of that.

“I’m really proud of how hard they worked.”

The boys got a standout effort from Nick Burrows, who took first place in the 200 IM, shaving nearly 10 seconds off his time from the last meet. Sterling Roberts improved with a second place finish in the 100 breast.

The Buffaloes went into the 400 free relay needing a first place to capture the meet and the Buffaloes 400 free team responded with a meet and event winning time of 3:54.09.

“This was another great win for us,” Silva said. “All of the races were close and the boys had to work very hard for every win.

“This was a great final meet for us before VOL’s.”

Sierra 87, Ripon 83 (G)

Ripon 100, Sierra 69 (B)

The Timberwolves were able to edge out Ripon High in the boys meet, but fell in girls action to the Indians by more than 30-points.

Marissa Machado (100 breast) and Ashley McKinney (200 IM) were the only Timberwolves to earn a first place finish in individual events, but Sierra earned another first in a relay. Sophia Ferreira (200 free), Taylor Pereza (50 free), Natalie Jamero (100 free), Maddie Banks (100 breast) and Annie Banks (100 back) all earned seconds.

Ripon had no problem disposing of the Timberwolves in the boys meet, getting a victory from Derek Price in the 100 fly by more than 10 seconds and a win in the 500 free by 15 seconds.

East Union 108, Weston Ranch 23 (B)

East Union 110, Weston Ranch 35 (G)

The Lancers recorded an easy series sweep over the Weston Ranch Cougars, handling the Cougars in VOL play with little effort.

Weston Ranch did get a school record performance from Jacob Malalaun, who finished the 100 breast in 1:13.91 for the best time in school history. The Cougars landed their only win in the girls meet from Taylro Holiday, who swam to an event-best time in the 100 back.