Tigers sweep two opponents for first WAC wins
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The Patterson High swim team gave its strongest performance to date March 27, sweeping a double dual meet with Central Catholic High of Modesto and Central Valley High of Ceres at the Ceres High School pool.

Both the boys and the girls picked up their first Western Athletic Conference team wins of the season.

The Tiger boys team defeated the Central Catholic Raiders 123-93 and the Central Valley Hawks 123-33.

The Patterson girls team triumphed over Central Catholic 101- 52 and bested Central Valley 101-48.

“I am so proud of my team for coming together in a hectic setting — swimming against two teams at the same time,” said Patterson coach Amy Castillo. “Their hard work is paying off.”

Noteworthy performances for the Patterson girls (2-2 WAC) included victories by Brissa Nunez in the 50-yard freestyle (32.75 seconds) and Stephanie Esqueda in the 100 freestyle (1 minute, 14.59 seconds).

Lizvette Villafana took first in both the 200 (2:50.16) and the 500 (7:57.28) freestyle races.

Nunez and Villafana teamed up with Lauren Cabonce and Maura Gallegos to win the 400 freestyle relay (5:24.19).

Nunez also joined Matilda McNamara, Alejandra Munoz and Danica Cook for victory in the 200 medley relay (3:03.04).

Munoz, Cook and sisters Stephanie and Jenevy Esqueda led the field in the 200 freestyle relay (2:14.62).

The Tiger boys (2-2) benefited from victories by Michael D’Onofrio in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.06) and 200 individual medley (2:16.56).

Aaron Gonzales won the 50 freestyle (24.09) and 200 freestyle (2:02.38), while Matthew Schaa placed first in the 100 backstroke (1:14) and 500 freestyle (6:11.75).

Steven Halseth of Patterson led the 100 freestyle (1:01.19), and teammate Austin Johnson won the 100 butterfly.

The Tiger boys 200 freestyle relay team of D’Onofrio, Gonzales, Schaa and Johnson swam away with first place in the event (1:44.25).

D’Onofrio, Gonzales, Schaa and Johnson also won the 200 medley relay (1:55.22).

James Johnson, Shawn Apostle, Anthony Francis and Gabriel Ortiz claimed a first-place finish for Patterson in the 400 freestyle relay (5:01.69).

Patterson continues the season Saturday, April 6, at the Los Banos Invitational at Pacheco High School.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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