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Dolphins, Sea Lions capture high point trophies
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Local swimmers earning high-point honors in the Sea Dogs Invitational at Pitman High of Turlock this past weekend are, front row from left: Emery Biedermann and Nathan Trujillo; back row: Keira Brink, Andria Martin, Brody Biedermann, Michael Chavez, Emma Kadillak and Samantha Cerritos. Not pictured: Nate Slikker. - photo by Photo Contributed

TURLOCK — Three Manteca Dolphins and seven Ripon Sea  Lions captured high-point trophies in the Turlock Sea Dogs Invitational held at Pitman High this past Saturday.

The Sea Lions ruled the pool yet again as they resumed their undefeated start to the Mid-Valley Swim League season. Ripon’s girls outpointed the Tracy Tritons 734.5-618 for the meet title, while the boys beat out the host Sea Dogs, 743-622. The Manteca girls team placed fifth (260), and the boys ended up in fourth (360).

Manteca’s Michael Chavez picked up his second high-point award of the season after doing so in the Tracy Invitational three weeks ago. He placed first in the 100-yard individual medley, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Dolphins teammates Emma Kadillak and Samantha Cerritos topped the girls 15-16 division. Kadillak took first in the 100 IM, 100 backstroke and 100 fly, while Cerritos won the 50 free, 100 free and took second in the 100 breaststroke. Both were on the winning 200 free relay.

Amraj Gill was a contender in the competitive 9-10 boys division. He won the 100 free for the age group. Gabriel Monasterio placed first in the boys 13-14 50 back.

Ripon dominated in some of the younger divisions. Emery Biederman was the top girl in the 7-8 age group after winning the 50 free, 25 back and 25 free along with the 100 free relay. Nathan Trujillo was the male champion at 7-8. He took first in the 50 free and 25 back, second in the 25 free and part of the winning 100 medley and 100 free relays.

The Sea Lions have three high-point champions in the 9-10 standings. Keira Brink led the girls and took first in the 100 IM and 50 free and third in the 50 breast. She also helped lead the 200 free and 200 medley relay to victories.

Brody Biedermann and Nate Slikker shared top honors in 9-10 boys. Slikker spearheaded a 1-2-3 all-Sea Lions finish in the 50 back, took first in the 50 breast and second in the 50 free. Biederman won the 50 fly and 50 free and was the 50 back runner-up. Both were on the first-place 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Andria Martin was a few ticks shy of breaking two of her own meet records. Her winning time in the 17-18 girls 100 back — 1 minute, 5.10 seconds — is five-tenths shy of tying the record. Martin also won the 100 IM in 1:06.75 (her 2017 record stands at 1:06.52) and the 100 fly.

Karissa Stewart was another heavy contributor to the Ripon girls team, clocking first-place times in the girls 13-14 100 IM, 50 fly and 50 free. Trevor Bell claimed the 25 breast and 25 free in the boys 7-8 competition, while Ty Herrin came in first as part of a 1-2-3 Sea Lions finish in the boys 11-12 100 free.

Other Sea Lions winning a race: Nicolette Trujillo (girls 6-under, 25 back), Giolanna Loretelli (girls 9-10, 50 fly), Evan Gaeta (boys 11-12, 50 fly), Carter Mensonides (boys 11-12, 50 back), Ben Rodgers (boys 11-12, 50 breast) and Reese Hansen (girls 13-14, 50 breast). The Sea Lions also accumulated first-place points in the boys 11-12 200 medley relay, girls 13-14 200 medley relay and boys 11-12 200 free relay.