ROSEVILLE — If you are going to make a splash, make it a big one.
No Mid-Valley Swim League team has ever placed in the top three of the season-ending Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions — until Sunday. The Ripon Sea Lions capped the two-day extravaganza at the Roseville Aquatics Center by placing first in the small-team division with 522 points, edging the Johnson Ranch Barracudas of Roseville who had 504 points. What made things even more impressive was that the Sea Lions had just 17 swimmers.
The Manteca Dolphins finished in 28th place with 21 points, all recorded by William Story.
Emery Biedermann and Nate Slikker paced the Ripon charge.
It’s the second MOC high-point title for Biedermann, who conquered the 6-under girls division two years ago. This past weekend, she eked out high-point honors for the 7-8 division by just two points, highlighted by her new team record and first-place finish in the 25-yard back (18.13 seconds). She also finished first in the 50 free, second in the 25 free, fourth in the 25 fly and 10th in the 25 breast.
Biedermann, Brooklyn Schenk, Hollis Fasani and Vianna Hopper were on the second-place 7-8 100 medley relay team. Biedermann was joined by Fasani, Audrey Jung and Schenk on the 100 free relay fpr a third-place finish.
Slikker was second in total points for the 9-10 boys. He won the 50 free in 28.35 which set a new team record. He was second in the 100 individual medley and 25 back, third in the 25 breast, fourth in the 25 fly and fifth in the 25 free.
Faith Fasani and Reyna Biedermann were standouts in the 9-10 girls, placing fourth and 14th in the high-point standings, respectively. Fasani was second in the 100 individual medley, third in the 25 free, 25 back and 50 free and fourth in the 25 fly. Biedermann was 11th in the 100 individual medley, 12th in the 25 back and 25 breast and 15th in the 25 fly.
Both were joined by Morgan Schenk and Jaya Fasani on the fourth-place 100 medley and 100 free relay teams. Schenk was 10th in the 25 breast, and Fasani was 13th in the 9-10 individual medley.
Riley Slikker was ninth in the 11-12 50 free and 50 back. In the 7-8 division, Vianna Hopper was third in the 25 free and 11th in the 25 back, while Hollis Fasani finished 13th in the 25 back, 14th in the 25 fly and 15th in the 50 free.
In boys competition, Matthew Lee was third in the 9-10 25 back, sixth in the 100 individual medley, eighth in the 25 free, ninth in the 25 fly and 11th in the 50 free. Brody Biedermann finished 12th in the 11-12 50 back and 15th in the 100 free.
For the Manteca Dolphins, Story was fifth in the 11-12 100 free and ninth in the 50 free. He placed 15th overall and earned honorable mention for the high-point awards. Bayan Ballew finished 17th in the 25 free.