The Turlock Seadogs have a history of winning. In fact, the summer swim program was riding a three-season win streak going into Saturday's meet against Ripon and Tracy. However, all good things must come to an end. In this case, it was at the hands of the Ripon Sea Lions.
The Sea Lions took the victory in their home pool with a score of 1372.5, followed by the Turlock Seadogs with 1199.5 and the Tracy Tritons Swim Club placed third with a score of 647.
“We were humbled by the loss, but Ripon has an outstanding program. It was an honor to lose our streak to them as they are an amazing team and organization,” said Seadogs head coach Michaela Solario.
One of the big victories of the day came from the Boys 15-18 division in the 200 yard free relay where Allan Quinn, Zach Glidden, Cameron and Nathan Olson finished in first place with a time of 1:39.09.
In the girls division from the 13-14 age group, the Seadogs took first in the 200 yard free relay after a very close match where the team of Izzy Romeo, Fatima Ibarra, Jacqueline and Jillian Vierra topped out in first place with a time of 2:00.22.
Romeo also placed first in the 50 free event with a time of 27.72.
Henry Garcia and Michael Tobin each took first in their respective events, but it was just not the team's day.
The Seadogs will have a chance at redemption in their season finale tri-meet against Tracy and Ripon at the Mid Valley Swim League Championships at 9 a.m. today at the West High Pool in Tracy.
“All I can say is congrats to Ripon on the victory in the first battle, but in the war the Seadogs are coming back with a vengeance and it will be a fight to the end,” Solario added. “Our kids were upset by the loss, but now have a fire under their bellies.”