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Perfect 4-0 start for Turlock Seadogs
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The Turlock Seadogs are 4-0 in the Mid Valley Swim League after defeating the Manteca Dolphins this past Saturday by 503 points. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

The Seadogs are owning the Mid Valley Swim League this year.


With a strong performance this past weekend, the Turlock Seadogs recreational swim program traveled to Manteca to take on the Dolphins in a big league showdown on Saturday and ended up winning by 503 points.


“We won pretty handily,” said Seadogs head coach Michaela Solario. “And as of right now we are undefeated in our league.”


A perfect 4-0 start to be exact.


Out of the 102 races, the Seadogs won 70 of them, topping out in first place.


“We just had a lot of amazing athletes this weekend,” said Solario. “It was a meet that we had kids that don't normally swim certain events try them out in preparation for our big meet at Pitman this weekend.”


The Seadogs also boosted their roster for the meet with newcomers who had just been cleared to play for the first time this season and it paid dividends.


“We had some kids that were legal for the first time in their events which was super exciting,” Solario said.


It was especially exciting for Kasey Tivel who competes in the 6 and under division. He competed in the two hardest strokes and topped out at third in the 25 yard breaststroke and ninth in the 50 yard free.


“I could list the few dozen names for you, but that would take some time and space,” Solario said. “Really because all of our kids are amazing, but I would like to take the time to talk about our junior coaches who also swim for the team.”


The junior coaches are: Kim Canisso, Allan Quinn, Nathan Olson and Alex Selee.


Canisso, who was the only 17-18 year-old-girl competing this weekend, opted to swim with the boys to save time for the meet and was able to hold her own against the boys.


“She is an inspiring young lady and she is such a great role model to all the young girls on our team,” Solario said of Canisso.


Selee, Olson and Quinn were vital assets to the team victory after each topped out in the top three in multiple races.


Olson was part of the a first place 200 medley relay race and placed first in the 100 yard individual medley and also the 100 breast.


Quinn took first in the 50 yard free with a time of 24.72, and third in the 100 yard free at 57.20.


With two third place finishes, Selee ended up behind two in the 50 yard free and also in the 100 yard back and the Seadogs went on to win the meet convincingly, 2042.5-1539.5


“We are also lucky to have all of our boys who coach with us,” Solario said of her boy coaches. “They are so motivating and helpful with the kids that it makes it a pleasure to have them not only be a part of our team, but a part of our coaching staff.”


The Seadogs Invitational will take place at Pitman High at 9 a.m. Saturday.