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Ceres High School vying for additional success in varsity swimming
Ceres High experienced individual and team success in swimming last season.

Expect more of the same from the Bulldogs in 2012.

"This is our biggest team ever," Ceres High senior Dylan Hines said. "We have a lot of swimmers who are talented. We're working really hard."

The Bulldogs' boys roster has tripled in size since 2010.

"Two years ago, we only had eight boys," head coach Rebecca Sanders said. "Now, we have 24. We have a really big team."

Hines and fellow returners Jacob Stone (Jr.), Manuel Hernandez (Jr.), Joseph Ochoa (Jr.), Mario Gonzalez (Jr.), Gianni Blandino (Jr.), Cody Azevedo (Jr.), Stefan Perry (So.), Austin Massie (So.), Damien Underwood (Jr.) and Steven Smith (Sr.) helped lead the Bulldogs to a third-place finish at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Los Banos and Patterson took first and second, respectively.

Hines placed second in 100 back and third in 500 free.

Stone placed third in 100 fly and sixth in 100 free.

Hernandez placed fifth in 100 free and sixth in 50 free.

Ochoa placed fifth in 200 IM and sixth in 500 free.

Gonzalez placed seventh in 100 fly and 18th in 100 free.

Blandino placed eighth in 100 back.

Azevedo placed eighth in 200 free and 10th in 100 back.

Perry placed eighth in 500 free and 11th in 200 free.

Massie placed eighth in 200 IM and 16th in 100 breast.

Underwood placed 10th in 50 free and 12th in 100 breast.

Smith placed 17th in 50 free.

Zachary Jones (Fr.), Nathan Stone (Fr.) and Erik Weststeyn (Fr.) will also contribute this season.

Hines and his Bulldog teammates will try to earn berths for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, to be held at Pacheco High School on April 28.

"We should be able to make it to sections in the 200 medley relay," he said. "It would mean a lot to me. I want to leave on a good note."

Ceres High's girls squad has a 30-plus-person roster.

Veterans Haley Fisicaro (Jr.), Tori Gunzenhauser (Jr.), Maureen Nelson (Sr.), Megan Braverman (Sr.), Haley Hoback (So.), Raquel Flud (Jr.), Kim Cuevas (Jr.) and Taylor Andrade (Sr.) helped propel the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish at the WAC finals a year ago. First-place Los Banos (212) more than tripled Ceres High's point total (99). The Bulldogs topped Patterson, Central Valley, Central Catholic, Livingston and Pacheco.

Fisicaro took second in 100 fly and 100 free.

Gunzenhauser took second in 200 free and third in 100 breast.

Nelson took fourth in 200 IM and 100 fly.

Braverman took fifth in 200 IM and seventh in 100 free.

Hoback took eighth in 500 free and ninth in 100 breast.

Flud took ninth in 200 IM.

Cuevas took ninth in 500 free and 23rd in 50 free.

Andrade took 10th in 100 fly.

Fisicaro, Gunzenhauser, Nelson and Braverman gained valuable experience at the section meet last year.

Haley placed 18th in the 50 free and 32nd in the 100 fly at the frosh-soph level. She broke the 1:08 mark in the 100 fly for the first time.

Gunzenhauser, Nelson and Braverman were a part of the varsity Bulldogs' 32nd-place 200 medley relay team.

Haley, Tori, Megan and Maureen have their sights set on a return trip to Lodi this season.

"It would be so fulfilling and it would mean all of our hard work paid off," Fisicaro said.