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Dolphins place 3rd in inaugural Manteca invite
Manteca Dolphins Invitational
The Manteca Dolphins Swim Team show off their third-place trophy earned in the Manteca Invitational on Saturday at R. Stephen Winter Pool. ROBERT ROBLES/Photo contributed

The Manteca Dolphins hosted its first invitational Saturday at Manteca High’s R. Stephen Winter Pool, placing third.

The Discovery Bay River Otters are meet champions with 1,666 points. The Tracy Tritons (1,192.50) were runners-up and followed by the Dolphins (1,057.50), Modesto Mavericks (901) and Ripon Sea Lions (566). The Turlock Sea Dogs also participated but as an exhibition team. They’re making a comeback after disbanding during the pandemic.

Bayan Ballew was the top performer for Manteca, accounting for a whopping 71 points. He won all three of his events in the boys 13-14 division — 100-yard freestyle (54.54 seconds), 50 butterfly (26.75), 50 free (24.29) — and was on the winning 200 medley relay (2 minutes, 5.06 seconds). He was also part of the runner-up 200 free relay.

Dominic Bossen was another key contributor for the Dolphins out of the boys 13-14 division, finishing with 62 points. Giancarlo Ramirez added 61 points in boys 11-12, placing second in the 50 breast and 50 free while playing a part in the first-place 200 medley relay.

Jiana Sanchez scored 59 points from the girls 17-18 division, winning the 50 free (29.53) and taking second in the 100 individual medley and 100 free.

Alexia Nuno won the girls 9-10 100 free in 1:15.46, took three thirds and a fourth on her way to scoring 57 points. Christian Robles-Fernandez also scored 57 in boys 11-12, winning the 100 IM (1:24.59) and 200 medley relay (2:35.00).

Other notables with 50-plus points: Alexander Freeman (boys 13-14, 58 points), Mason Bossen (boys 11-12, 55), Alayna Bottoms (girls 17-18, 51), Phoebe Burke (girls 11-12, 53), Abby Fraser (girls 13-14, 54), Bianca Fraser (girls 15-16, 55), Wyatt Noonkester (boys 11-12, 56), Mike Roller (boys 11-12, 53) and Adam Tavares (boys 15-16, 52).

Jayde Taylor-Slater led the Dolphins from the lower age groups. She tallied 45 points in girls 6-under, placing second in three individual events (25 fly, 25 back, 25 free) and the 100 free relay.

Adeline Armstrong (35 points) and GA Armstrong (30 points) were other top contributors from the girls 6-under division. Gerhard Kruger collected 36 points in boys 7-8.

The Ripon Sea Lions may have been low on numbers but still had some big-time efforts, as Bailey Brayton, Sara Davis and Vianna Hopper amassed 71 points apiece.

Brayton ruled in girls 11-12, earning firsts in the 50 fly (31.64), 50 back (33.03), 200 medley relay (2:15.96) and 200 free relay (2:01.19) and a second in the 100 IM.

Hopper, also in girls 11-12, won the 50 breaststroke (38.79), 50 free (28.62), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay (2:01.19) and took second in the 50 back.

Davis did her damage in girls 7-8, winning the 50 free (39.03), 25 fly (20.22), 25 breast (23.39), 100 free relay (1:19.30) while taking second in the 100 medley relay.

Hollis Fasani and Taylor Paris were other Ripon standouts in the girls 11-12 division. Fasani earned third-place finishes in the 200 IM, 50 fly, 50 free and was on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays for 64 points. Paris produced 61 points with three top-fives in individual events and two relay victories.  

Emilia Portanoya chipped in 61 points in girls 7-8 with two runners-up, a third and a fifth to go with a first in the 100 free relay (1:19.30). Alexa Durrer and Pace Fasani added 54 and 57 points, respectively. From the girls 7-8 division.

Hailey Hoy competed in just three events in girls 15-16 but won the 100 free (1:03.51), took second in the 100 breast and third in the 50 free.

The Manteca Dolphins will next compete on July 8 against the Tracy Tritons.