TURLOCK — The Ripon Sea Lions captured their third straight Mid-Valley Swim League Championships title on Saturday, holding off the runner-up Discovery Bay Sea Otters1,287-1,148 in the final team standings.
It’s also the sixth league title in seven years for Ripon, which was anchored by seven individual high-point winners. The Manteca Dolphins, paced by one high-point champion, placed fourth with 877.5 points. The Tracy Tritons (936), Modesto Mavericks (663.5) and Turlock Sea Dogs (430) rounded out the rest of the field.
The top performers move on to the 19th annual Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions set for Aug. 3-4 at Roseville Aquatic Center.
Sea Lions teammates Brody Biedermann (100 free, 50 fly, 50 back) and Ben Rodgers (100 IM, 50 breast, 50 free) each won three individual events and share the MVSL crown in the boys 11-12 division.
They were also part of winning 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, joining Ryan Bell and Carter Mensonides. The quartet set a new meet record in the medley with a time of 2 minutes, 13.56 seconds. The previous record was established in 2010.
Faith Fasani (100 IM, 50 fly, 50 free) was another triple winner, as she finished atop the girls 9-10 individual standings. She set a new team record in the process, clocking a 28.64-second time in the 50 free, and helped lead the 200 free relay to victory.
Girls 15-16 champion Lauren Daigre broke Ripon Sea Lions records with first-place times in the 100 backstroke (1:08.99) and 100 butterfly (1:09.16). She was also the 50 free runner-up.
Nicolette Trujillo dominated the girls 6-under group, taking first in the 50 free, 25 back and 25 breaststroke. She was also part of the winning mixed 100 medley and mixed 100 free relays.
Bailey Brayton and Nate Slikker were other Sea Lions to notch three individual race victories and two relays. Brayton (25 fly, 25 back, 25 free) won the girls 7-8 division, while Slikker (100 IM, 50 fly, 50 free) is the 9-10 boys winner.
Other Sea Lions earning three top-three finishes apiece in individual events: Connor Paris (6-under boys), Reyna Biedermann (9-10 girls), Matthew Lee (9-10 boys), Emery Biedermann (7-8 girls) and Riley Slikker (11-12 girls).
Emily Jung (6-under girls 25 free), Trevor Bell (9-10 boys 50 breast) and Hunter Adams (13-14 boys 50 breast) each contributed a first-place finish. Adams teamed with Matthew Day, Alexander Chavez and Hunter Goudeau to win both relay events.
Gabriel Monasterio was the star of the meet for the Manteca Dolphins, conquering the 13-14 boys circuit with victories in the 100 IM, 100 fly and 50 back.
In the 17-18 girls division, Samanta Cerritos, Savannah Hudson and Emma Kadillak each tallied three top-three finishes. Grant Ogden achieved the same feat in 13-14 boys.
Michael Garcia (17-18 boys) took first in the 100 free and 100 fly, while Giancarlo Ramirez (7-8 boys) won the 50 free and 25 breast. Brian Lagua (15-16 boys 100 fly), Marc Buenrostro (17-18 boys, 50 free) and Ryan Zimmer (17-18 boys 100 back) each chipped in first-place points in one event.