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Ripon Sea Lions take Seadogs invite title
Emery Biedermann, Faith Fasani break meet records
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The Ripon Sea Lions had four high-point winners and two record breakers last Saturday in the Turlock Seadogs Invitational. - photo by Photo Contributed
TURLOCK — The Ripon Sea Lions dominated the 53rd annual Turlock Seadogs Invitational hosted at Stanislaus State last weekend.
Highlighted by four high-point winners and two meet-record swims, the Sea Lions outscored the Tracy Tritons 1,146.5-930.5 for the top spot. The Manteca Dolphins, who also had several swimmers scattered across the high-point leaderboards, placed fourth with 802.5 points. The Discovery Bay River Otters (841.5), Turlock Seadogs (776.5) and Modesto Mavericks (659.5) also participated.
Ripon’s Emery Biedermann was among the stars of the meet. The girls 7-8 division champion won every race she competed in and shattered a 22-year-old meet record with her time of 18.25 seconds in the 25-yard backstroke. The previous record was set at 18.75.
Biedermann also placed first in the 50 freestyle and 25 free and was part of the winning 100 medley and 100 free relays.
Faith Fasani fell short of claiming the girls 9-10 high-point crown but left her mark by setting a new record in the 50 butterfly in 33.15 seconds. She narrowly edged the previous mark of 33.19 set in 2013. Fasani also won the 100 individual medley and was the 50 back runner-up.
Nicolette Trujillo, Ben Rodgers and Nate Slikker were the Sea Lions’ other high-point winners.
Trujillo did it in the 6-under girls group, earning top finishes in the 50 free, 25 back, 25 breaststroke, mixed medley relay and 100 free relay.
Rodgers ruled the boys 11-12 division with wins in the 100 IM, 50 breast, 50 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.
The Sea Lions were well represented in boys 9-10, where Slikker seized high-point honors. He spearheaded an all-Ripon top-four finish in the 50 free, a 1-2-3 Ripon finish in the 50 breast and took first in the 100 IM along with both relays.
Contributing first-place points for Ripon: boys 13-14 medley relay, Will McNelis (boys 6-under, 50 free), Kaitleyn Rietkerk (6-under girls, 25 fly), Hollis Fasani (7-8 girls, 25 fly), Matthew Lee (9-10 boys, 50 back), Carter Mensonides (11-12 boys, 100 free), Riley Slikker (11-12 girls, 50 back), Emma Stock (13-14 girls, 100 free), Hunter Goudeau (13-14 boys, 100 free), Hunter Adams (13-14 boys, 50 breast) and Lauren Daigre (15-16 girls, 100 back).
James Treydte (15-16 boys), Michael Garcia (17-18 boys) Gabriel Monasterio (13-14 boys) and Jacob Russell (6-under boys) led the way for Manteca.
Treydte won a thrilling 100 IM race, the 100 breast, took second in the 100 free and helped pace the winning boys 15-18 200 medley and 200 free relays to capture his high-point championship.
Monasterio was also part of those first-place relay teams. He took first in the 13-14 boys 100 IM, 50 fly and 50 back. Garcia joined them for the 200 medley relay, and he coasted to individual wins in the 100 IM, 100 free and 100 fly.
Russell took first place in the 25 back, 25 fly and 25 breast.
Other first-place finishers for the Dolphins: girls 15-18 200 medley relay, Giancarlo Ramirez (7-8 boys, 50 free), Bayan Ballew (9-10 boys, 100 free), William Story (11-12 boys, 100 free, 50 fly), Samantha Cerritos (17-18 girls, 50 free), Marc Buenrostro (17-18 boys, 50 free), Emma Kadillak (17-18 girls, 100 fly), Christina Oates (17-18 girls, 100 breast) and Ryan Zimmer (17-18 boys, 100 back).
Ripon hosts Manteca and Modesto in Mid-Valley Swim League tri-meet Saturday at Ripon High’s Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.