The Turlock Seadogs swimming squad won its own invitational by over 405 points on Saturday at Turlock High. The 'Dogs earned 1,350 points for the victory, followed by Ripon with 945 points.
This is the second consecutive year that the Seadogs have won their own invitational, and the fifth straight victory for the squad this season.
“We still have three more events. We have currently won all three of the invitationals we have participated in. It has never been done in the history of the Seadogs,” Seadogs coach Erich Richter said. “We are doing amazing things this year. You know, just starting them off young is helping because we are training these kids young and they only get better. We fine tune them as they get older and that’s why they do so good in high school.”
Emma Burke led all Seadogs with three first place finishes in the 50 and 100 free and also the 50 back. Also for the girls, Kamarin Waite and Christiana Ushana had two first place finishes each. Waite took first in the 50 back and 100 IM, and second in the 50 fly. Ushana placed first in the 50 breast and fly and second in the 100 IM.
For the boys, Kaeden Patterson and Mitchell Clark each notched at least one first place finish. Patterson took first in the 25 and 50 free on top of a second place finish in the 25 fly. Clark placed first in the 25 fly, second in the 25 breast and fourth in the 25 free.
Other top finishers for the girls were Sierra Yandell, Taylor Jarvis, Megan Hall and Stephanie Simmons. Yandell placed first in the 50 free and breast, with a second place finish in the 100 free. Jarvis finished first in the 50 breast, second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free. Hall placed second in the 25 free and third in the 50 free. Simmons finished with three second place finishes in the 50 free and fly and also the 100 free.
“These kids are doing an amazing job and they keep impressing me every weekend. We go from beating teams by over 50 points and now won by over 405 points,” Richter said.
Manteca placed third at the invite, followed by Ceres, Modesto and Oakdale.
“They are playing water polo club and these kids are determined to only get better and better. If everything goes as planned, these kids are looking to have an undefeated season and they have never had it in history,” Richter said. “They are putting the time and effort, they are driven to better themselves and win for the team.”
The Seadogs will be facing off in a tri meet with Tracy and Manteca today.