Oakdale Gators youth swimmers got the best of their competition during a three-team showdown with Modesto and host Tracy on June 12. The Gators accounted for an incredible 62 top-three finishes in the barrage of events across all age divisions. The team is back in action on June 23 at the Turlock SeaDog Invitational.
Cameron Elswick won the 100 free, was second in the 50 free and finished second with Thomas Torres, Dustin VandenBosch and Chris Bradley in the 200 medley relay. The same foursome was second in the 200 free relay. Bradley also was third in the 100 I.M. while Elswick was runner-up in the 50 free.
The four-strong grouping of Cayley Elswick, Xena Thompson, Elizabeth Robinette and Hanna N. Rivera was good enough for third place honors in both the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay. Robinette also ended second in the 50 free and third in the 50 breast. Thomas Torres was second in the 50 back and second in the 50 free while Zachary Copeland touched third in the 100 I.M.
Juliette Leibenson, Kinsey Ollis, Elyssa M. Gonzales and Kassidy Houck rallied to a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay and were third in the 200 free relay. Ollis also placed third in the 50 breast while Dustin VandenBosch won the 100 free, 50 back and was second in the 50 fly.
Madison Blanc, Brittany Gibson, Hayley Rivera and Olivia Torres took second in both the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Rivera also was second in the 100 I.M. and first in the 50 back while Gibson took second in the 100 free and Blanc third in the 50 back. David Terwilliger was also second in the 100 free, third in the 50 fly and second in the 50 back while Chandler Neal touched first in the 50 breast, second in the 100 I.M. and third in the 100 free.
A packed 7-8 division was led by the first place swims of Andrew Copland, Zachary Rivera, Colin Yeaman and Carson Stueve (100 medley relay), who also ended second in the 100 free relay. Victoria Blanc, Logan Nord, Ashlynn Grace Leibenson and Breelie Gibson also won the 100 medley relay (and second in the 100 free relay) while Lauren M. Conrad, Marissa Raggio, Alyssa Redd and Dylan E. Gonzalez were third in the same race (they were third in the 100 free relay as well). Copeland also won the 25 back and was third in the 25 free while Stueve won the 25 fly. Rivera was second in the 25 breast while Nord ended first in the 25 fly, third in the 50 free and first in the 25 breast. Gibson took second in the 50 free and second in the 25 fly while Grace was third in the 25 fly, Blanc second in the 25 back and Raggio third in the 25 breast.
The youngest division got plenty of good swims from Allison Copeland, who was first in the 25 free, third in the 25 back and joined Brooklyn G. Gonzalez, Dominic R. Brummel and Tyler Cooley on the second place mixed 100 free relay.
Cooley also ended third in the 25 free, second in the 50 free and second in the 25 back. Brummel was third in the 25 back while James Bright ended third in the 25 back and Gonzalez ended third in the 25 free. Kaydon M. Meyers, Annaliese Stueve, Bright and Jebb J. Fox were third in the mixed 100 free relay as well.