Oak Ridge swimmers notch first win of the season
By Janine Joy
ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge swim team swam to victory in its first Delta River League meet at Sheldon March 16. Both the boys and girls teams won by a landslide — the varsity boys won 140-46, and the varsity girls easily outdid the Huskies 134-40.
“For our first meet I was very impressed by both teams’ performances,” Trojan head coach Patrick Foster said. “It was great to see a lot of parent support which helped our team stay motivated in the cold weather. We had a lot of fast swims. I think all the kids surprised themselves with how well they did.”
In fact, more than 20 swimmers achieved section cut times Wednesday, guaranteeing placement in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship Meet in May.
The Trojan girls won every event including the relays. Cypress Lampe finished first in both her events and qualified for sections in the 50-yard freestyle (26.15) and the 100 backstroke (1 minute, 6.57 seconds).
Other first-place finishes were posted by Ashley Adams (200 free, 2:11.73), Maddie Velez (200 individual medley, 2:21.28), Hannah Bensman (100 fly, 1:03.00), Julia Lamb (100 free, 59.81), Amanda Jones (500 free, 6:12.08) and Shannon Kiss (100 breast, 1:17.15).
The Trojan boys were almost perfect, winning all but one event. Brandon Mills recorded two individual wins in section qualifying times, including the 200 IM (2:00.75) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.28). Dylan Kubick also qualified for the section meet with wins in the 100 free (50.03) and 100 back (55.63).
Garrison Yeandle placed first in the 50 free (23.24) and the 100 fly (58.34) to add to the Trojan thumping, and teammate Corbin Gomez won the 200 free with a time of 1:56.07.
Four Trojan divers also competed: Trevor Allen, Jordan Gotro, Mason Porter and Sydney Newman.
“We got a chance for the first time to watch our divers compete,” Foster said. “What a great show they put on.”
Newman won the girls competition while Gotro, Allen and Porter swept first second and third respectively in the boys 1-meter diving.
“I am proud of everyone’s efforts,” Foster said.
Section qualifiers include the girls relay teams: 200 medley — Adams, Kiss, Bensman, Lampe; 200 free — Adams, Bensman, Mikayla Mefford, Lampe; 400 free — Lamb, Haley Godwin, Mefford, Velez. The boys relay qualifiers include 200 medley — Joey Carney, Mills, Trevor Dong and Yeandle; 200 free — Kubick, Mills, Ryan Dewante, Carney; and 400 free — Dong, Josh Verner, Kubick and Yeandle.
The Trojans are looking forward to seeing what they can do next week against Ponderosa in a home meet at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pool. The meet begins at 4 p.m.