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Ripon Sea Lions relay record falls
Ripon takes 3-way meet; Manteca Dolphins place 2nd

Bulletin staff reports

RIPON — The 11-12 boys 200-yard freestyle relay quartet of Ryan Bell, Brody Biedermann, Carter Mensonides and Ben Rodgers broke a club record in the Ripon Sea Lion’s Mid-Valley Swim League tri-meet last Saturday, eclipsing the 2-minute mark for the first time.

They clocked the first-place time of 1 minute, 58.85 second time to highlight the Sea Lions’ overall victory against Manteca Dolphins and Modesto Mavericks at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center. The former record stood at 2:00.08.

In the team standings, Ripon racked up 1,685.5 points, while Manteca edged out the Mavericks 956-902.5 for second place. 

Rodgers was one of seven Sea Lions to place first in three individual events. He achieved the trifecta with wins in the 100-yard individual medley, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. Biedermann was among Ripon’s double winners, as he claimed the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke. 

Ripon’s other three-event winners: Emery Biedermann (girls 7-8 50 free, 25 back, 25 breast), Matthew Day (boys 13-14 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast), Faith Fasani (girls 9-10 100 IM, 50 fly, 50 free), Connor Paris (girls 6-under 50 free, 25 breast, 25 free), Nate Slikker (boys 9-10 100 IM, 50 fly, 50 free) and Nicolette Trujillo (girls 6-under 50 free, 25 back, 25 breast ).

Reyna Biedermann (girls 9-10 50 back, 50 breast), Bailey Brayton (girls 7-8 25 fly, 25 free), Jimmy Campbell (boys 15-16 100 fly, 100 back), Hunter Goudeau (boys 13-14 100 free, 50 free) and Tessa Hunter (girls 13-14 50 fly, 50 back) contributed two wins apiece for the Sea Lions.

Trevor Bell (boys 9-10 50 breast), Kendra Carlson (girls 13-14 100 IM), Matthew Chavez (boys 7-8 25 fly), Emily Jung (girls 6-under 25 fly), Matthew Lee (9-10 boys 50 back), Riley Slikker (girls 11-12 50 back) and Liam Winter (boys 6-under 25 back)  each had one first-place finish in an individual event.

The Dolphins had their share of standouts and fared best in the older age groups. 

Samantha Cerritos was a four-race winner in the girls 17-18 division, placing first in the 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 50 free.

James Treydte led a 1-2-3 all-Dolphins finish in the boys 15-16 100 IM. He also won the 100 free and 100 breast. Michael Garcia (boys 17-18 100 IM, 100 free, 100 fly), Marianna Gumas (girls 13-14100 free, 50 breast, 50 free) and Giancarlo Ramirez (boys 7-8 50 free, 25 back, 25 breast) were Manteca’s other triple winners. 

Also chipping in first-place points: Bayan Ballew (boys 9-10 100 free), Arman Gill (boys 6-under 25 fly), Jacob Goatcher (boys 17-18 100 back, 50 free), Savannah Hudson (girls 17-18 100 IM, 100 breast), Brian Lagua (boys 15-16 50 free), Gabriel Monsasterio (boys 13-14 100 IM), William Story (boys 11-12 100 free) and Milania Thomas (girls 6-under 25 free).

Ripon next hosts the Tracy Tritons, while the Dolphins welcome Modesto on July 13. The season concludes the following week with the MVSL Championships at Stanislaus State.