Stanislaus Aquaticz Swimmer and Oakdale resident Emily Bennett shined at the prestigious Come Up For Air swim tournament in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 23. With top swimmers packed into a competitive meet, Bennett improved several of her best times and landed four first place finishes to take second place in the high point awards for her 11-12 age group.She also qualified for Junior Olympics in several races.
Over 70 percent of Oakdale Gators youth swimmers saw improved times and 40 percent bested personal records in two or more events at the Mid Valley Swim League Championships on Saturday at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
The summer of 2011 has broken new waves for the sport of water polo in the Oakdale community. For the first time in city history, 14-and-under and 12-and-under squads have seen huge participation during summer play. This stellar program progresses the growth of the sport each month, and even qualified three teams for the upcoming Junior Olympics.
A "hat trick" is a term normally reserved for three scores in soccer, but Oakdale youth swimmer Soren Dickens nabbed the pool version of this feat by winning three events at the Speedo International Swim Meet at Ft Lauderdale, Florida in late June.
Five Oakdale baseball players, a Riverbank player and several more from Turlock met with Oakdale High graduate and current California State University, Berkeley pitcher Justin Jones earlier this month during the college World Series in Nebraska. They also saw Cal compete in the CWS, but Jones could not take the mound because of injury.
One of the closest races in the Oakdale Invitational on June 11 was a tight thriller in the 9-10 50 meter breast stroke, when Dustin VandenBosch of the Oakdale Gators out-touched the second place finisher by just five one hundredths of a second to win the event. He would go on to claim second in the 100 free, join a first place 100 free relay and second place 100 medley relay as well in a very successful event for the young swimmer.
With eight youth swim teams vying for top honors in a host of events across several age divisions at the Oakdale Aquatic Center, the host Gators stretched to achieve top honors in four races on Saturday during the annual Oakdale Invitational.
The bull tried its darnedest, but the pesky frame of Oakdale native Bo Bacigalupi refused to be dislodged in an eight-second thrill on Saturday in front of a roaring crowd at the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.