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Bulldogs, Hawks compete at WAC finals
Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity boys and girls swim teams competed at the Western Athletic Conference Championships last week in Los Banos.

Haley Fisicaro, Tori Gunzenhauser, Payton Mahu, Maureen Nelson, Megan Braverman, Jeanette Dunlap and Haley Hoback helped lead Ceres High's girls to a runner-up finish behind Los Banos at the seven-team event. The Bulldogs were outscored 212-99.

"I'm very pleased with how they did," Ceres High head coach Rebecca Sanders said. "A lot of the girls swam their best races."

Fisicaro placed second in the 100 fly and 100 free.

Gunzenhauser placed second in the 200 free and third in the 100 breast.

Mahu placed fourth in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back.

Nelson placed fourth in the 200 IM

Braverman placed fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 free.

Dunlap placed sixth in the 500 free.

Hoback placed eighth in the 500 free.

Central Valley's girls placed fourth (61).

"It was a nice surprise," Hawks head coach Sarah Willems said. "Honestly, I was just thinking about individual success. I didn't know how they were going to do overall because we don't have a ton of girls."

Taylor Rogers won the 50 free and finished fourth in the 100 free.

Cierra Alvear finished first in the 100 breast and third in the 200 IM.

Savanna Alvear finished third in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 free.

Ceres High's boys (99) finished behind Los Banos (176) and Patterson (101).

"A lot of the kids performed well," Sanders said.

Kody Fliflet took first in the 200 free.

Dylan Hines took second in the 100 back and third in the 500 free

Jacob Stone took third in the 100 fly and sixth in the 100 free.

Joseph Ochoa took fifth in the 200 IM.

Nick Serratos took fifth in the 100 back.

Manuel Hernandez took fifth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free.

Mario Gonzalez took seventh in the 100 fly.

Austin Massie took eighth in the 200 IM.

Cody Azevedo took eighth in the 200 free.

Gianni Blandino took eighth in the 100 back.

Victor Cruz, one of the Bulldogs' top swimmers, did not compete because he had to attend life-guarding class. Cruz's absence proved costly as Patterson edged out Ceres High for second place.

"We weren't at full strength," Sanders said.

Central Valley's boys (5) finished last thanks to their thin roster.

Benji Magana took eighth in the 50 free.

"We would have finished higher if we had more boys in the events," Willems said.