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Dolphins honor top swimmers at season-ending banquet
The Manteca Dolphin high-point winners for the boys side were, bottom from left: Donovan Armstrong, Giovanni Padilla and Maverick Lin. Top from left: Darrel Yamamur, John Machado and Chris Wells.
After completing a season-long battle alongside the top teams in the Mid-Valley Swim League, the Manteca Dolphins brought their year to a close, honoring the squad’s top swimmers during the end-of-the-year banquet Tuesday at Sierra High.

The Dolphins put together a solid effort in the league championships at Pitman High Saturday, grabbing a fifth-place team finish and breaking eight team records. Dolphin Maverick Lin led the charge, earning three first-place finishes and breaking the 50-yard freestyle record in the process.

The Dolphins’ high-point winners on the season were Ashley Hernandez and Donovan Armstrong in the 6-year-old division. Meila Yamamura and Giovanni Padilla took home the honor in the 8-year-old division, while Ashlea Green and Lin won the 10-year-old division.

Vanessa Flores and Darrel Yamamura were honored as the 11-year-old and 12-year-old division, respectively. Amanda Christensen (14-year-old) and John Machado (13-year-old) brought home high-point winner trophies, as did Emily Doran (16-years-old) and Chris Wells (15-year-old).

The Ripon Sea Lions concluded the season as the MVSL champions for the second consecutive season, completing the season without a loss in either invitational or their three team meets.

Manteca saw new names etched in the record books for Lin (50 free, 100 free, 50 back and 200 medley relay), Ty Wells (50 fly, 100 medley and 200 medley relay), Darrel Yamamura (50 breast), Giovanni Padilla (50 free) and Green (50 free and 50 back).

— Jagada Chambers