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Six records fall at Dolphins final home meet
Ripon Sea Lions win three-team competition to stay undefeated
Giovanni Padilla was one of four members of the Manteca Dolphins Swim Team to break individual-event records during a home meet Saturday at Sierra High. - photo by Bulletin file photo
The Ripon Sea Lions are two meets away from wrapping up an undefeated Mid-Valley Swim League season after continuing their dominance at a three-team meet at Sierra High Saturday.

Ripon more than doubled host Manteca Dolphins Swim Team’s points production (1,288.5-608.5), while the Ceres Dolphins Swim Team finished with 456.

Even though Manteca’s Dolphins didn’t win, they had their fair share of highlights.

Ty Wells broke two program records and was a part of a third in the 9-10-year-old boys 200-yard medley relay.

Wells, one of three Dolphins to lead the team with 19 points, won both the 100 individual medley (1 minute, 19.16 seconds) and 50 butterfly (34.86). He shattered a 7-year-old record in the 100 IM while eclipsing his own record in the fly.

Wells teamed up with Maverick Lin, Brandon Mitchell and Joey Barbuscia on the record-breaking relay team that nearly beat its record by 4 full seconds (2:45.85).

Lin broke the 30-second barrier for a new Manteca Dolphins record in the 9-10 boys division, 50-yard freestyle, doing so in 29.91. He added two second-place individual finishes for 17 points.

Giovanni Padilla, who tied Wells and Matthew Elliot for the team lead in points scored, bested his own record in the 50 freestyle (7-8 boys) with a time of 33.65. Padilla also won the 25 freestyle.

Darrel Yamamura contributed three second-place finishes, and one of them was good for a new team record time of 36.14 in the 11-12 boys 50 breast stroke. The previous mark of 36.24 was held by East Union High standout Ben Alfter (2005).

Elliot did his damage in the 100 breast stroke and 50 free, winning both events in the 15-16 boys circuit.

Chipping in first-place finishes for Manteca were: Jaqueline Davis (9-10 girls, 50 breast), Ashlea Green (9-10 girls, 50 back), Lane Fishburn (11-12 girls, 50 free) and Julia Saling (11-12 girls, 50 breast).

Ripon’s dominant effort included eight 21-point performers. Winning three individual events were: Rosie Vaughn (13-14 girls), Corey Winter (13-14 boys), Elijah Keenan (15-16 boys), Kellie Mejia (17-18 girls), Andria Martin (17-18 girls), Christian Britton (11-12 boys), Zach Pratt (11-12 boys), Bradley Clark (13-14 boys) and Annika Rigney (17-18 girls).

Double-event winners for the Sea Lions included: Madison Hardin (15-16 girls), Juan Sevillano Jr. (17-18 boys), Madyson Valencia (6-under girls), Dylan Zador (6-under boys), Noah Esenwein (7-8 boys), Emma Lewis (11-12 girls), and Andrew Britton (9-10 boys).

Other Ripon Sea Lions recording first-place points were: Samantha McCreath (9-10 girls, 100 IM), Maddie Hawes (11-12 girls, 100 free), Shannon Johnson (7-8 girls, 25 fly), Jalyn Vander Wal (11-12 girls, 50 fly), Reese Hansen (6-under girls, 25 back), Justin Hansen (7-8 boys, 25 back), Daniel Esenwein (9-10 boys, 50 back), Sarah Whitley (7-8 boys, 25 breast) and Josiah Scholten (13-14 boys, 50 free).

Manteca ends the regular season this Saturday against the Tracy Tritons at West High. Ripon hosts the Hughson SeaDogs and Oakdale Gators at Ripon High. Both meets begin at 8 a.m.

The MVSL Championships takes place July 24-25 at Pitman High in Turlock.

— Jonamar Jacinto