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Gators Clip Dolphins For First Win Of Season
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Oakdale Gator Robert Winders took first place in the 15-18 boys 50-yard freestyle event at the Ceres tri-meet on Saturday with a stellar time of 27.60. - photo by Kim Van Meter/The Leader
It took a few more laps than expected, but everything came together at the right time for the Oakdale swim team as the Gators strolled out of Ceres with their first victory of the season on Saturday, July 11.
Oakdale outlasted the Modesto-Stanislaus Sharks (458.3) and the Ceres Dolphins (444) with considerable ease in the squad’s second tri-meet of the year.
The Gators accumulated nearly 800 points, cementing a victory over a talented Ceres squad and an up-and-coming Sharks team.
Oakdale got standouts in every division with a host of Gators closing out the tri-meet with first place honors. Tori Galloway was tied for first place in the 7-8 year-old girls division, earning 19-of-21 points, while teammate Justin Yee turned in a perfect 21-of-21 points in the boys 11-12 year-old division.
Bianca Varela finished in first place of the 11-12 year-old girls. Katie Vanderburg took first place in the 13-14 year-old girl division and teammate Adam Lahey earned a first place finish on the boys side of the division.
Jessica Myers grabbed a first place finish earning 18-of-21 points in the 15-16 girls action, continuing one of the more impressive seasons in recent Gator action.
Second place accolades were snatched by several Gator swimmers, including Hayley Rivera (7-8 girls), Garrett Allan (7-8 boys), Shelby Stender (11-12 girls), Jaidyn Sheetz (13-14 boys), Savannah Stender (15-16 girls) and Brandon Terwilliger (15-16 boys).
Oakdale saw Alyssa Beltran shave 12.73 seconds off her 50-yard free time. Sarah Baker dropped nearly 10 seconds off of her two events, while teammate Cayley Elswick shortened the times on all three of her events. Both Peighton Campbell and Kendyl Houck both saw their 25-free times get faster. Makenzie Phillips also saw her 100-free get nearly 13 seconds faster.
The Gators will be back in the water July 18 when they make the trip west on Highway 120 to Manteca to take on the Dolphins. Manteca is supposed to host Oakdale and Patterson, but the Patterson program has not confirmed its appearance, making the meet likely a dual between the Dolphins and Gators.