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Ceres High athlete meets his goal
Shane Nunes accomplished his goal last week when he qualified for the finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section varsity boys swim meet.

"I'm very pleased," the Ceres High senior said.

Nunes placed 16th in the preliminaries of the 100 fly on Friday in Lodi with a personal-best time of 54.73 seconds. On Saturday, Shane turned in a repeat performance in the finals but had a slower time (55.32) due to injury.

"I could have done better," he said. "I hurt myself on the second turn of the race. I hit the wall and my shoulder popped out of place. I was in a lot of pain. After a couple of strokes, it popped back in. It was hard to keep my concentration on the race. I'm pretty sure I would have done a lot better if that didn't happen."

Nunes also teamed up with Aaron Torres, Aaron Cunningham and Michael Rodriguez to place 23rd in the 400 free relay (3:36.67), 25th in the 200 free relay (1:36.46) and 31st in the 200 medley relay (1:52.29).

"I was exhausted at the end of the day," Shane said. "The heat was draining."

Nunes qualified for the section meet all three years.

He captured the 100 fly title and placed second in the 200 free at the Valley Oak League championships this season.

"It's definitely cool knowing I was one of the fastest kids around," he said. "I was a little disappointed there wasn't more competition in the VOL."

Nunes will continue to swim and major in engineering at Modesto Junior College.

Bulldog teammate Aaron Torres concluded his varsity boys swim career with a 30th-place finish in the 100 back (1:01.58).

Ceres High's Zachary Zamaroni took 37th in the 50 free (25.07) while competing in the frosh-soph boys division.

Central Valley's Taylor Rogers and Cierra Alvear participated in the frosh-soph girls trials on Thursday.

Rogers finished 29th in a field of 57 in the 50 free. She completed the event in 27.20 seconds.

Alvear took 42nd in the 100 breast (1:17.16).