TURLOCK — Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at Pitman High on Saturday.
The Sea Lions nearly came home with the overall championship but were edged by the host Turlock Seadogs 1,887.50-1,881. Ripon’s girls narrowly took second, finishing with 802 points to the Seadogs’ 884. The boys won it with 1,005 points.
The Manteca Dolphins took fifth overall with 430 points (152 boys, 278 girls).
Ripon’s boys had three swimmers finish two points shy of the maximum 33 while claiming high-point honors in their divisions. Sam Branco was the 7-8 individual champion with teammate Ben Corgiat taking second with 30 points and Nate Slikker, another Sea Lion, ending up third with 29.
The trio joined Brody Beidermann (24 points) in breaking meet records in the 100-yard medley (1 minute, 14.03 seconds) and 100 freestyle relay (1:00.48). No other records were broken Saturday.
Sea Lions Nathan Trujillo and Trevor Bell share the 6-and-under high-point title with 31 points apiece. Nate Branco (29 points) and Jacob Thompson (28) were runners-up in the 9-10 and 15-16 divisions. Other notables for the 2016 champions are Jacob Evans (15-16, 27 points), Nolan Boger (13-14, 25 points), Nate Dorn (9-10, 24 points), Sebastian Mora (13-14, 24 points), Luke Watson (15-16, 24 points), Owen Curtiss (9-10, 23.50 points), Leo Reynoso (13-14, 20 points) and Matthew Lee (7-8, 20 points).
Giolanna Loretelli and Molly Burton were the top producers for Ripon’s girls contingent with 27 points apiece. Loretelli’s total was good for second place in the 7-8 division, while Burton took third in 11-12.
Taylor Menard (9-10, 22 points), Lilly Crew (13-14, 21 points) and Adriana Dorn (7-8, 20 points) also contributed at least 20 points.
Keira Brink is the lone individual champion for the Manteca Dolphins. She accumulated 31 points in the 7-8 girls division. Emma Kadillak also scored 31 but was the 13-14 girls runner-up. Samanta Cerritos ended up third in 13-14 with 26 points. Abbey Kadillak added 23 points from the 11-12 division.
Manteca’s top boys performer was Gabriel Monasterio, who recorded 23 points in the 11-12 division.