Turlock's recreational swim team, the Seadogs, began league play this past weekend with a road dual against the Ceres Dolphins.
In this first Mid Valley Swim League bout the Seadogs were able to win once again, but this time by a smaller margin after the score ended with a 973-874 decision.
Last year's dual was decided by 115 points, this year was 99.
“Most of our kids swam great, despite being in a pool that is below par with what everyone else in league uses,” said Seadogs coach Michaela Solario. “Our younger kids had trouble with starts because it wasn't what they were used to and some of our older kids had problems because of it being so shallow and not being able to get over that for turns and such.”
Although the struggles in an unknown stage, the Seadogs still managed to accumulate 54 first place results across 102 events.
Coming off a high point performance at the Tracy Invitational just a week prior, Audrey Morgan helped the 15 to 18 year olds 200 free relay team take first along with Kim Canisso, Katy McMillan and Naomi Wenstrup.
In the individual events, McMillan topped all in the 100 free, 50 back and 50 free style events.
Also for the girls, Meg Hall placed first in three individual events in the 9 to 10 age group. Hall topped all in the 100 free race after finishing with a time of 1:14.88 and managed to take first in the 50 fly and 50 free style events.
In the 13 to 14 age group for girls, Izzy Romeo really turned some heads after placing first in four of five events she competed in: the 50 fly, 100 free and 50 free. Romeo was also part of the first place 200 free relay team along with Kianna Hesse, Ashley Figurell and Mackenzie Peterson that finished with a time of 2:01.46 to top all.
The boys’ 15 to 18 relay team that consists of Zach Glidden, Dominique Walls, Alex Selee and Matt Hesse placed first in both the 200 free and also the 200 medley.
Walls also took first in the 17 to 18 100 yard breast with a time of 1:08.54 and in the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:05.18.
Glidden placed first in the 17 to 18 100 free and Selee followed in second. Glidden also took first in the 100 back with a time of 1:07.43 and Selee followed at 1:08.15. Josh Buck took third at 1:08.34.
“It was a good second meet and win and I look forward to seeing out progression,” said Solario.
Nolan Lok, Tanner Clayton, Noah Cossey and Frank Aliaga all took first in the 200 medley and free relay for the boys 13 to 14 age group.
Individually, Lok placed first in the 100 individual medley, 50 fly and 50 back.
In the boys 7 to 8 age group, Alexander Esquibel placed first in the 50 free, 25 fly, 25 breast and was part of two first place relay teams, including the 100 free and 100 medley.
Next for the Seadogs will be the Fun Relay at Ripon at a time yet to be disclosed on Saturday.