Hayden Beier broke a Manteca Dolphins team record that was days away from lasting five full years in a Mid-Valley Swim League meet Saturday at Lathrop High.
Beier — also the Dolphins’ leading points scorer — swam the 50-yard backstroke in 36.35 seconds to set the standard in the 9-10 boys division. Maverick Lin previously held the best time (36.63) in the event and established it back on June 12, 2010.
Three-time defending league champion Turlock won the three-team competition overall, getting 909 points from the boys and 872 from the girls. Manteca edged the Tracy Tritons for a second straight week, 1,069.5-1,033.5.
“It really was a great day,” Dolphins head coach Chabre Basile said.” Lots of times dropped and very few DQs. Things seem to be clicking at this point in the season for them.
“I saw quality swims from all of our kids. It was the seemingly small accomplishments like flip turns and breath control that really paid off big today. I am proud of them and excited for all that is yet to come.”
Beier led the charge with 27 points, winning the 100 free, 50 back and 50 free while anchoring the first-place 200 medley relay. Younger brother McKeane Beier (7-8) and Luke Watson (13-14) each won a pair of events and contributed 25 points.
Peter Espinoza was the runner-up in three events (50 free, 25 back, 25 free) and totaled 21 points in the 6-under age group. Nik Brink (13-14), Donovan Armstrong (11-12) and AJ Jones (11-12) all scored 20 points.
Dakota Rodrigues (9-10) paced the Manteca girls with 22 points, winning the 100 free race in the process. Keira Brink (7-8, 19 points), Emma Kadillak (13-14, 18 points), Abby Kadillak (11-12, 17 points) and Emma Basile (6-under, 15 points) were the rest of the Dolphins’ standouts.
The Dolphins next compete in the MVSL’s first Fun Relay Meet this Saturday held at Ripon High.