For the fourth consecutive season, the Turlock Seadogs summer youth swim program placed first at the Tracy Invitational, sweeping through their opponents with a large number of talented swimmers on both the girls and boys side.
Through 104 events, Turlock was able to prevail in the end, besting the four other teams with a score of 1678.5. Second place Ripon Sea Lions scored 1548 and Ceres followed up in third with a 1447.5.
“First off, I am blown away that our athletes did what they did on Sunday,” said Seadogs coach Michaela Solario. “We honestly did not expect to come away with a victory because the other teams in our league are very strong. This is the reason I coach, because you tell your kids we may not be able to do something and they will make it happen.”
The Seadogs topped out with 33 first place finishes with numerous standouts.
“I am so very proud of our athletes, the first meet is the hardest because we have a lot of new swimmers who were just grasping the concepts of it all,” said Seadogs coach Erich Richter. “We were not sure how we would fair against the other teams this early in the season, but our athletes stepped up.”
Dominique Walls and Audrey Morgan each won high point of the day along with Nolan Lok, Megan Hall and Malia Sloan in their respective age groups.
Walls was also part of the 15-18 200 yard boys medley relay with a fourth place for the team.
In the 17-18 age group, Walls placed first in the 100 yard IM with a time of 1:03.15. He also placed first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.39 and in the 100 yard breast race.
Audrey Morgan placed first in the 15-16 age group for the 100 yard free with a time of 58.61.
Morgan also took first in the 50 free with a time of 26.37 and first in the 50 breast with a time of 35.05.
Morgan, along with Andie Herrera, Jillian Kennell and Jacqueline Vierra, took second in the 200 free relay and was also part of a second place finish in the 200 medley relay along with Kennell, Kim Canisso and Lucy Wenstrup.
“Each and every athlete went out there on Sunday and competed with pride and determination,” said Solario. “We had some sick athletes who did not know if they would do well, but stepped up and some kids who have been working quite hard in new strokes and they made all of us so very proud.”
For the boys 200 medley relay, Nolan Lok, Michael Tobin, Noah Cossey and Tanner Clayton took first in the 13-14 age group with a time of 1:57.41.
Lok took first in the 100 IM after finishing with a time of 1:04.16.
In the girls 200 medley relay, the Seadogs team of Abby Braley, Meg Hall, Taylor Bernard and Kaylee Amarant took first with a time of 2:40.83.