The Tracy High swim team braved the elements in Manteca on Tuesday, and the varsity girls team was rewarded with a 104-66 win over Sierra High in nonleague action.
“Lovely weather for a swim meet today,” Tracy coach Nancy Morehead said. “But they did pretty well — you gotta be tough to go out there in a Speedo in this rain.”
The boys fared slightly poorer, falling to the Timberwolves, 103-67. The frosh-soph girls swam unopposed, but quality swims were recorded on all levels.
The varsity girls took home six CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet-qualifying times despite a little less than two weeks of practice underneath their belts. Senior Mandy Culpepper, junior Melissa Schaf, junior Lindsey Sharpe and senior Alison Scott swam the 200-yard medley relay in two minutes, 7.75 seconds. Culpepper, Scott, sophomore Nicole Brown and junior Alyssa Britt swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:51.29, and Britt, Sharpe, Brown and junior Jordan Turner swam the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:10.54, seven seconds ahead of the top Sierra team.
Individually, Britt swam a section-qualifying 2:04.18 in the 200-yard freestyle, and Sharpe and Brown swam a 2:25.56 and a 2:32.63, respectively, in the 200 individual medley, also section qualifiers.
Scott also won the 100-yard breaststroke, Britt the 50-yard freestyle, Culpepper the 100-yard butterfly and Brown the 100-yard freestyle.
The 12-member strong boys team features almost entirely new swimmers, but two posted solid times, regardless.
Sophomore Chris St. Clair swam the grueling 500-yard freestyle in 7:05.34, nearly a half-minute ahead of the second-place swimmer, and Joseph Sanchez, a junior, swam a 2:17.07 in the 200-free.
“All good times for the start of the season,” Morehead said. “It was nice to see.”
The Bulldogs were scheduled to swim against St. Mary’s at home Friday, but the Rams’ transportation broke down and the meet was tentatively postponed to March 13. If that meet doesn’t happen, the next time the swimmers will hit the pool is at the San Joaquin Athletic Association opener against Lincoln on March 15.