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Seadogs win tri meet over Ripon, Tracy
The Turlock Seadogs capped off their impressive penultimate meet of the season by capturing a victory over Ripon and Tracy on Saturday in a tri meet with a top score of 1261. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock Seadogs capped off their impressive penultimate meet of the season by capturing a victory over Ripon and Tracy on Saturday with a total score of 1,261, followed by Ripon with 1,186.5 and Tracy at 730.5.

“I am so proud of how determined all of these kids are, from the first heat to last,” said Seadogs coach Erich Richter. “These athletes are determined to better their time and top their opponents, but at the end of the day, they are the most respectful group of kids.”

“As another successful season winds down, I am so encouraged by the work ethic and commitment to the Seadogs that I see,” said Seadogs coach Michaela Solario. “It has been an emotional season but it is weekends like this one that show you as a coach, you are doing the right thing.”

The Seadogs were able to finish the day with 84 top three results across all age groups in 102 events total, something they failed to do a year prior in the same event.

“Last year Ripon topped us at this meet and the kids felt determined not to let that happen again,” said Richter.

Needless to say, the Seadogs did not allow another slip and instead went on a tear in all races, cementing their top place of the day and a solid first place lead in the Mid-Valley Swim League, prior to the team’s final duel with Tracy.

“Ripon is by far our biggest and closest rival,” said Solario. “While each and every time we swim against them we would like to come out on top, there is one thing I always know. We will always have respect, and good sportsmanship from the whole Ripon organization. It was nice to swim a competitive meet, but laugh the whole time.”

For the Seadogs in the girls 13-14 age group, Izzy Romeo had a standout performance and helped the team after finishing the day with five first place finishes that included being part of two first-place relay squads.

Romeo was able to top out individually in the 100 yard free race with a time of 1:00.63 and she also took first in the 50 yard fly and 50 free.

Romeo, along with Kianna Hesse, Stella Romeo and Amelia Boyd, placed first in the 200 yard medley relay and also the 200 yard free relay.

Audrey Morgan also shine, taking five first place finishes in her respective age group.

Individually in the 15-16 groups, Morgan placed first in the 100 IM, 100 free and 50 breast. Morgan was also part of two first place relay teams in the 200 free relay and also the 200 medley relay.

Madison Ngo took three first place finishes in the 100 IM, 50 back, and 50 breast in the 11-12 age group.

On the boys side was Nolan Lok in the 13-14 age group and Matt Hesse (15-16), who both managed to have a nearly identical result after securing five first place results of their own.

Lok, along with Michael Tobin, Tanner Clayton and Frank Aliaga, placed first in the 200 yard medley relay and in the 200 yard free relay.

Individually, Lok took first in the 100 individual medley, the 50 fly and 50 back as well.

Hesse placed first in the 100 IM, 100 back, 50 free and was part of the 200 free relay as well as the 200 medley relay who took first in the 15-18 age group.

“From 173-point loss last year, to a 79-point win this year, the kids worked hard and earned every point,” said Richter. “So proud of my summer family, each and every week, win or lose or draw, we are winners because we are a family.”

Prior to the MVSL Championships on July 23, the Seadogs will next take on the Tracy Tritons Swim Club at the Turlock High pool at 8 a.m. Saturday.