The Turlock Seadogs recreation swim team came up short of a top place finish in this past Saturday's tri meet between the 'Dogs, the Ripon Sea Lions and the Discovery Bay River Otters.
In the end, the Sea Lions finished atop with a final score of 1,674 while the Seadogs of Turlock followed in second with a score of 1,318.5.
“With the holiday weekend being right before this meet, we were coming off a five-day break and some kids didn't practice all week due to vacation,” said Seadogs head coach Michaela Richter. “So, we had a few silly mistakes, but truly Ripon has a lot of depth this season and head to head right now we just don't have the ability to match up.”
Before the start of tri meet, the Seadogs were coming off their own Invitational victory back on June 24 with a score of 1,855 while the Ripon Sea Lions followed in second with 1,639.
This time, the Sea Lions were able to take advantage of an opportunity to rebound, capturing first place over the Seadogs.
The Seadogs, however, still saw multiple standouts for the day that included both boys and girls from ages 6 and under to 18.
“I think overall the team swam great, a lot of personal bests on the day and that's what it is all about for us,” said Richter.
The Seadogs finished with 41 first place finishes out of the 102 events across all age groups.
Some of the standouts included Audrey Morgan in the 17-18 girls age group, after placing first in the 50 free with a time of 26.9. Teammate Katy McMillan followed in second after clocking in at 28.51.
Morgan also placed first in the 100 free with a time of 58.32.
Seadogs' Izzy Romeo took first in the 50-free event for the 15-16 age group after clocking in at 27.48. Teammate Jacqueline Vierra followed in second (28.95). Megan Hall (11-12) placed first in the 50 free with a time of 27.93. Hall also topped all in the 50-back event with a time of 36.62.
Romeo placed first in the 100 free, while Vierra followed in second. Vierra also placed first in the 100-back event.
“Also, Keira Baptista took 17 seconds off and swam an amazing race,” said Richter of her 12-year-old swimmer who had a best finish of 10th in the 100 free.
On the boys’ side, Liam Littlepage who competes in the 7-8 age group, was able to assist the 15-18-year-old relay team, helping them secure a second-place result.
Cesar Flores took first in the 13-14 age group with a time of 26.51 in the 50 free. Flores also placed first in the 100-free event with a time of 58.51.
Diego Armas (11-12) took first in the 50 free with a time of 26.76. Armas also placed first in the 100 free event.
Mitchell Clark from the boys 9-10 age group, topped all in the 100 free, clocking in at 1:16.02.
Next for the Seadogs will be a meet against Manteca at home at 8 a.m. Saturday.