Turlock High held its second league meet at home against Buhach Colony High on Friday. The lady Bulldogs made a splash in the pool with a 102-77 victory over the Thunder, but the boys couldn’t replicate the performance, losing 95-81.
Turlock’s girls are now undefeated in the Central California Conference, thanks in part to the freshman tandem of Roxie Abrams and Hollie Tinley. Abrams took first place in the individual medley, and was part of the first place finishes in the medley relay and 400 free relay. Tinley was also part of both first place relay teams and took first in the individual 100 backstroke. Kristine Groteguth was also on both relay teams, Rebecca Groteguth was involved in the medley relay and Lexie King-Sisneros competed in the 400 free relay as well as the first place finish in the individual 100 fly.
“We just want to be competitive,” Turlock’s girls head coach Sonja Raynes said. “There are always things we can improve on, but I think they are little things.”
In addition to the multiple first place finishes, Kristine Groteguth qualified for sections in the 500 free with a time of 5.46.91.
The Bulldogs battled with the Thunder all day on the boys’ side of the pool. Buhach held a slim lead over Turlock the entire meet and in the end won the day by one event. Its strength was in its numbers.
“I don’t want to take anything away from them because they have great swimmers,” Turlock’s boys head coach Erich Richter said. “But it’s hard to beat a team that has 40 more swimmers than you do.”
Despite the loss, Turlock still had some impressive individual performances. Garret Roof took first in the 50 free, Blake Phillips took first in the 100 freestyle, Patrick O’Conner took first in the 100 fly and Marcelino Ramirez finished first in the 100 breast stroke. Ramirez, who was recently pulled up to the varsity level as a sophomore, also qualified for sections in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:10.80.
“It doesn’t matter if you take second or third, what matters is that you better your time,” Richter said.
The boys team is now winless in the CCC, but they are not discouraged in the least.
“It’s not where I wanted to be, but my guys are fighting,” Richter said. “I’m actually really impressed with the way they’re swimming and the times they’re getting.”
Turlock’s girls and boys are currently competing in the Nor Cal Relays at Johansen High and will face Atwater High in their third CCC meet on Friday.