The perfect season happened. The Turlock Seadogs are 8-0 after earning the Mid-Valley Swimming League title on Saturday at Lathrop High with a 99 point lead over second place Ripon Sea Lions.
The Seadogs concluded their day with 67 top three finishes across 102 events, and 25 first place results. For only the second time in its 47 years of existence the Turlock recreational swim team is undefeated along with a MVSL championship.
“We always have a team meeting before any meet and we say the same thing every time. 'Every point counts.' These kids put so much hard work and effort and that’s how we won,” Seadogs coach Erich Richter said.
Blake Phillips led all Seadogs with four first place finishes in the 100 fly, back, breast and also the 200 medley relay along with teammates Zach Glidden, Max Rodriguez and CJ Cossey. Also for the boys, Cossey had a fantastic day with two first place finishes in the 100 fly and free along with a second place finish in the 50 free.
“CJ has brought points for us this year and a championship. The kid has been putting in hard work and doing multiple programs. He’s a fish. He’s in the water all day, every day,” Richter said.
Emma Burke led the way for the girls as she topped out with two first place results in the 100 IM and the 50 back along with a second place finish in the 50 free. Kamarin Waite, who has been outstanding all season long, finished with a first place finish in the 50 back, second in the 100 IM and third in the 50 fly.
“Emma and Kamarin have been doing extremely well and annihilating people,” Richter said. “Kamarin is number one in points for the girls and she is also a coach for us, which shows her mental toughness. She works out in the morning and coaches in the afternoon if she needs to; she is just awesome.”
Other top finishers for the boys were Stash Perry and Noah Cossey. Perry won first place in the 50 back, second in the 50 breast and second in the 50 free—which ended up being the tightest victory of the day with a six hundredth of a second difference. Cossey took home two second place finishes in the 100 IM and the 50 fly.
“Stash and Noah have been kicking butt for us all year. I am so proud of them and everyone,” Richter said. “We are ready to come back next year and do it all over again.”