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Turlock Seadogs take down Modesto
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The Turlock Seadogs boys team earned 39 first place finishes against Modesto on Saturday. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ / The Journal

It was a typical warm summer day in the Valley, perfect for swimming as the Turlock Seadogs defeated the smaller and up and coming Modesto squad on Saturday by a score of 1,414 to 318 at Turlock High.

“We have an amazing squad, and Modesto has a start up team, but from what they had and what they were working with they have some good swimmers themselves,” Seadogs boys coach Erich Richter said.

The Seadogs finished a successful day with 68 first place finishes across seven age groups ranging from 6 and under all the way to 18 years old between the boys and girls. The boys saw 39 of the first place finishes while the girls finished with 29.

For the girls’ side, in the (7-8) age group, Megan Hall took two first place finishes in the 25m and 50m free. Natasha Sondeno (13-14) placed first in the 50 free and also the 100m individual medley to go with the third place finish in the 50m breast. Stephanie Simmons (15-16) took three first place finishes in the 100m free, 50 back and the 100 IM. From the (17-18), Aubrey Glidden took first place in the 100 free, second in the 50 free and third in the 50 back. Kamarin Waite took three first place finishes in the 50 back and fly and also the 100 IM.

“We know the size of Modesto is smaller compared to us, but our kids did well and I was really proud of how they did,” Seadogs girl coach Michaela Solario said. “Overall, we had a lot of personal bests and only the second meet of the year it is exciting.”

On the boys' side, Blake Phillips (17-18) placed first in all three of his events: the 100 breast, fly and IM. Luke Tosti took first in the 50 and 100 free. Cameron Dhanowa (13-14)  took home three first place finishes in the 50 breast and fly, and also the 100 IM. Noah Cassey (9-10)  placed first in the 50 fly and 100 IM. The 7-8 group saw Cohen Harris finish with two first place finishes in the 25 free and breast. For the six and under age group, Mitchell Clark topped off another great performance taking two first place finishes in the 25 back and fly and second in the 25 breast.

“Pretty much everybody from our team is taking off times from their events when it’s over 70 percent of the team and its impressive because it shows we're getting stronger every day,” Richter said. “There were a lot of kids that did well. I was really proud of all the kids, getting setup well for next week.”

The next meet for the Seadogs will be the Oakdale Invitational this Saturday.

“The kids are pumped and everybody is going into the next meet with great times and hopefully we'll dominate next week,” Richter said. “They need to work hard and see that they're getting better; they will be hungry and wanting it. Just knowing that my guys are prepared it makes me and them feel confident.”