TRACY — The Ripon Sea Lions have hit the water swimming to start the 2018 season.
Led by six high-point winners, the Sea Lions captured the 38th annual InShape Tracy Invitational at West High’s Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center on June 2-3.
The girls team out-pointed the host Tracy Tritons 728.5-725 for first place in the six-team event. The Manteca Dolphins took sixth with 178 points. Ripon’s boys rolled to the title with 814.5 points against the Tritons’ 629, while Manteca came in fifth with 190.5 behind high-point champion Michael Chavez.
Andria Martin came away with a new meet record during her run to the top of the 17-18 girls points standings, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 3.18 seconds. She also nearly broke her own meet record in the 100 fly, clocking a time of 1:05.61. Her 2017 mark was set at 1:05.22. Martin also took first in the 100 freestyle, 100 individual medley, 100 breaststroke and 50 free.
Emery Biedermann (7-8 girls), Trevor Bell (7-8 boys), Keira Brink (9-10 girls), Ben Corgiat (9-10 boys) and Molly Burton (13-14 girls) are Ripon’s other high-point winners. Bailey Brayton (7-8 girls 25 fly), Nicollette Trujillo (6-under girls 25 back), Evani Gaeta (11-12 boys 100 breast) and Reese Hansen (13-14 girls 50 breast) also contributed first-place finishes.
For Manteca, Chavez was the top finisher in the 13-14 boys 100 free, 50 butterfly, 100 IM and 50 free. Samantha Cerritos placed first in the 15-16 girls 50 free.
The Sea Lions are undefeated to start the season, opening with wins — the girls won 1,043-570 and the boys, 989-525 —against Manteca on May 19. This past weekend they faced the Modesto Mavericks on the road and recorded a 960-633 win for the girls and 899.5-342.5 for the boys.
Ripon next hosts the Discovery Bay River Otters on Saturday, while the Dolphins welcome Modesto.