By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Seadogs rally with big home victory over Modesto
The Seadogs Barrett James swims the freestyle during Saturdays home meet against the Modesto Mavericks. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

The Turlock-based summer swimming program the Seadogs captured first place for the first time this season after taking on the Modesto Maverick Swim Team from Pitman High this past Saturday.

The Seadogs came out on fire from start to finish on a blistering hot summer day that reached well over the triple digit mark and head coach Erich Richter couldn't be any prouder of the outcome.

In the end, the 'Dogs were able to wallop the visiting Modesto Maverick Swim Team by a final score of 2285-808.

“I felt that the meet went well. Every athlete stepped up to the challenge and swam some very impressive races,” said Richter. “The athletes will use what they learned from this meet and prepare themselves for the next.”

Just a week prior, the Seadogs lost in the opening league match with the Ripon Sea Lions, 1828.5 to 1495.5.

They used it as fuel heading into their second contest in the Mid Valley Swim League.

“The team bounced back from a tough swim meet last weekend,” said Richter. “The athletes took what they learned from the previous meet and practice then implemented it into their stroke during the swim meet on Saturday against Modesto.”

It showed, capturing 77 first-place results as a team in 102 events that took place.

“I was very impressed with each athlete and their strive to better themselves and their personal times for each event. We strive as a coaching staff to bring the very best out of each athlete. We want each of the kids to be proud of their personal accomplishments and proud of their teammates.”

Next is the Seadog Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday at Pitman High pool.

Individual results were not available by publication time, but results can be checked online at