The Turlock Seadogs summer swimming program placed first out of five schools at the Tracy Invitational, ousting second place Ripon Sea Lions en route to their second title in two years at the Pink Phillips memorial pool at West High in Tracy on Saturday and Sunday.
Turlock would notch the 27 point victory after an impressive day from every swimmer they had ranging from the ages of 3 up to 18.
Ripon gave all they could but Turlock was just far superior in point total after the conclusion. Tracy fell into third place with a score of 916, nearly 200 points away from Turlock’s 1,095.
“The kids swam amazing. Everybody brought their ‘A’ game after being down by 70 on day one, we knew that all the kids would have to come out hard for us to come back. And they did,” said Turlock coach Erich Richter.
By the end of the day the Seadogs would manage to capture 14 first place finishes and 12 second place results.
“All in all it was a victory for my group in that sense. Not only did they do fantastic and get us points but some of my little ones accomplished so much more than points and I could not be more proud of what they accomplished,” Seadogs coach Michaela Solario said.
The team performance was so impressive that none of the top finishers would get multiple first, second, or even third place finishes due to the depth and strong performance from all Seadogs swimmers.
“While I am super excited about the win, I am even more excited about some of the personal bests and personal victories this past weekend. With the younger age groups it is about different things than the older ones. It can be improving your time, being legal in an event you haven't been before or for some just getting over the fear and competing in the event,” said Solario.
Although it was a team win on day two there were a few standouts. Five individuals would top out as the high point winners: Henry Garcia, Jordan Garcia, Meg Hall, Trent Yandell and Nate Olson.
“This meet is a rough one to win high point at because you are able to swim every event and that means more chances not only for you but more chances for your competitors to step up. So in our opinion this is the hardest place to win a high point trophy and for our team to win five out of the 14, I would say we did a pretty fantastic job,” Solario added.
“So proud of these kiddos for working hard and pushing themselves to do better,” she said.
The next event for the Seadogs is a dual meet against Ripon and Tracy at Ripon High with a time yet to be announced on Saturday.