Sonora swimmers first, second


MANTECA Sonora High School swimmers won the girls' championship and finished second in the boys' division of the Valley Oak League Meet at Sierra High on Saturday.

The girls, VOL dual-meet champions the last five years, scored 158 points to 116 for Oakdale, 91 for East Union of Manteca, 72 for Sierra, 37 for Buhach Colony of Atwater, 23 for Manteca and 11 for Weston Ranch of Stockton.

The boys, who've won the last four dual-meet titles, trailed Buhach 146-107 and were followed by Oakdale with 82, Sierra with 62, East Union with 53, Manteca with 42 and Weston Ranch with 16.

Sophomore Austin Nieh was one of the meet's stars as he set a league record while winning the 100-yard butterfly in 53.47 seconds. He also set varsity and frosh-soph team records in the event and earned all-league honors.

The girls got off to a good start with Rebekah Oliver, Allie Freer, Kelsea Arnold and Patty Allen winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:59.18. They set a school record in the event and earned all-league honors with their victory, which was worth 18 team points.

Allen came right back with a victory in the 200 freestyle (personal-best 2:07.78) to earn another all-league honor and rack up nine more points for the Wildcats.

Oliver won the 100 backstroke (personal-best 1:03.05), freshman Allie Freer won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.28, frosh-soph team record), and Oliver, Courtney Paterson, Arnold and Allen frosted the championship cake by winning the final event, the 400 free relay (3:58.57).

Oliver, Freer and the relay swimmers earned all-league honors. Allen finished with three all-VOL swims and Oliver and Arnold with two apiece.

Also, Oliver finished second and Freer third in the 200 individual medley (2:23.49, 2:27.41); Paterson second and Arnold fifth in the 50 free (27.49, 27.91); Maija Swanson third in the 200 free (2:15.94); Arnold second, Paterson third and Stephanie Jensen fifth in the 100 free (59.38, 1:01.25, 1:02.17); Allen second, Swanson third and Megan Freer fifth in the 500 free (5:56.38, 6:13.30, 6:32.79); Paterson, Swanson, Jensen and Allie Freer second in the 200 free relay (1:50.05); and Jensen fourth and Megan Freer sixth in the 100 back (1:12.30), 1:17.13).

Rebecca Shelton and Erica Chabot added points by placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 free; and Kristin Remmell, Rebecca Shelton and Christa Pedron went sixth through eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Nieh helped get the boys started by winning medley relay with Alex Arnold, Josh Moyle and John Allen (1:48.24). Nieh also won the 200 IM (personal-best 2:12.17) and finished second in the 400 free relay with Vince Ferenczy, Chris Branscum and Preston Hough (3:37.51).

Arnold, Moyle and Allen earned all-league honors along with Nieh.

In other boys' events, Arnold set a frosh-soph school record while taking second, and Ferenczy finished sixth in the 100 back (57.43); Arnold was fifth in the 50 free (23.91); Adam Jorge was sixth in the 100 fly (1:02.53); Hough was second and Allen fourth in the 500 free (5:25.16, 5:41.41, both personal bests); Hough, Allen, Alex Flud and Ferenczy were third in the 200 free relay (1:40.39); and Moyle was fifth, Rafael Acuna sixth and Thomas Petit eighth in the 100 breast (1:10.27), 1:13.57, 1:14.73).

The Sac-Joaquin Section trails are next at Tokay High in Lodi, May 11 for the girls and May 12 for the boys. The finals for both genders are May 13 at Tokay.

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