The Turlock Seadogs took down the Ripon swimming squad last Saturday at Ripon by a score of 1,680 to 1,440.
“This dual meet was huge. They [Ripon] had more swimmers than us. But our girls and guys did a tremendous job and swam their hearts out,” Seadogs coach Erich Richter said. “I could not ask for a better performance. And, as I have emphasized on before, every point counts and adds up to the victory. It’s a team effort and victory and our kids know that.”
In the last three dual meets, the Seadogs have accumulated well over 4,655 points as a unit.
Some multiple first place finishers were Kamarin Waite, Taylor Jarvis, Megan Hall and Christiana Ushana for the girls and Mitchell Clark, Cohen Harris, Stash Perry and Aiden Braley for the boys.
For the boys, Clark took first in the 25 fly and breast as well as second in the 25 free. Harris placed first in the 50 free and 25 breast. Perry won first place in the 50 breast and back and also second in the 100 IM. Braley finished first in the 25 free and fly and took second in the 25 back.
On the girls side, Waite topped in first place in the 50 fly and 100 IM. Jarvis finished first in the 50 breast and 100 free with a second place finish in the 50 free. Hall took first in the 25 and 50 free. Ushana placed first in the 50 fly and breast and second place in the 100 IM.
“Everyone pretty much did an amazing job. It was a well-run meet on both sides,” Richter said. “Ripon had a good team and especially being rivals they showed how tough they are. They were all relaxed on both sides and it was a great meet.”
Other top performers for the girls were Emma Burke, who took first place in the 50 back and second in the 50 free. Sierra Yandell finished with a first place in the 50 breast, second in the 100 IM and third in the 50 fly.
Other top finishers for the boys were Ethan Perry, who took first in the 50 free and second in the 100 free; Colby Sousa ,who took home two second place finishes in the 25 and 50 free; and Noah Cossey, who finished with a second place in the 50 fly and third in the 100 IM.
Turlock will be hosting the Seadogs Invitational today at Turlock High, with Tracy, Manteca, Ripon, Oakdale, Ceres, and Modesto among the teams that will be participating at the event. The Seadogs won the invitational last year for the first time in 50 years.
“It’s always better to be at home and we have over 200 swimmers that are ready to work,” Richter said. “We won for the first time last year, which was a big win, and I expect the kids to be ready and do great things out there.”