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Britton shatters records; Ripon rules invite
Lin leads third-place Manteca Dolphins with 38 points
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Local competitors kicked off the Mid-Valley Swim League season in a big way over Memorial Day weekend.

The Ripon Sea Lions claimed the two-day 41st Annual Tracy Invitational over host Tracy Tritons (1,398.50-1,149.50) at Sierra High.

Following suit were the Ceres Dolphins (688.50), Manteca Dolphins (444.50), Oakdale Swim Team (275), Hughson Sea Dogs (174.50), Modesto-Stanislaus Sharks (141) and Turlock Marlins (33.50).

The weekend’s top performer was 10-year-old Sea Lion Andrew Britton. Not only was he one of just four entrants to reach the maximum 54-point barrier with first-place finishes in six different events, he also shattered three meet records that each stood for over 30 years.

Britton is the new record holder in the 9-10 boys 50-yard butterfly (33.09 seconds), 50 backstroke (35.15) and 50 breaststroke (36.24). The previous 50 butterfly record was set in 1972, and the others in 1975.

Ripon teammate Christian Britton (11-12 boys) and Rosie Vaughn (13-14 girls) also topped their age divisions with 54 points apiece. Vaughn set a new record in the 50 breaststroke, checking in at 33.43.

Annika Rigney, the top swimmer in the 17-18 girls division with 52 points, bested a 35-year-old record in the 50 butterfly in 27.98.

The Sea Lions swept the top three in the 13-14 boys division, with Corey Winter (49), Bradley Clark (39) and Alex Durham (25) leading the charge.

Other Ripon Sea Lions earning top-three finishes in points were: Madyson Valencia (6-under girls, third, 25), Dylan Zador (6-under boys, second, 33), Noah Esenwein (7-8 boys, first, 52), Logan Gioffre (7-8 boys, third, 22), Daniel Esenwein (9-10 boys, second, 40), Emma Lewis (11-12 girls, second, 30), Logan Amadon (11-12 girls, third, 28), Kaylie Sheaffer (13-14 girls, third, 32), Kellie Mejia (17-18 girls, second, 44) and Jake Carlson (17-18 boys, second, 26).

Maverick Lin paced the Manteca Dolphins with 38 points in the boys 9-10 division, earning two runner-up finishes and four thirds.

Darrel Yamamura took second with 37 points in 11-12 boys with three second-place finishes. Ashlea Green (9-10 girls, 34.50) and Matthew Elliott (15-16 boys, 33) also placed second in their divisions.

Giovanni Padilla, the runner-up in the 7-8 boys point standings, was one of three individuals to take first in an event, winning the 25 backstroke.

Vanessa Flores won the 11-12 girls 50 butterfly, and Charlie Donnelly was the victor in the 17-18 boys 100 backstroke.

— Jonamar Jacinto