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Dolphins experience promising start to 2011 campaign
The members of the Ceres Dolphins recreational swim team have reason to be excited.

Ceres opened the 2011 season with a third-place finish at the Tracy Invitational on May 22.

The Dolphins edged the visiting Tritons, 1,007.5-956.5, in MVSL dual-meet action the very next weekend. Ceres ended a four-decade-plus winless streak against Tracy.

"When the results meet your expectations, it's gratifying," head coach Tracy Bull said.

About 170 boys and girls, ages 4-18, signed up for the Dolphins this year.

Ceres' roster is loaded with talent and experience.

"We got good depth in all age groups," Bull said.

Montana Bull, Cierra Alvear, Haley Fisicaro and Cassandra Guevara, Ceres' 15-18-year-old girls 200 medley relay team, broke a meet record at the Tracy Invitational. The longtime Dolphins finished first in 2:02.33.

Nine-year-old Jadyn Shinn dominated the 50 breast at the Ceres-Tracy dual with a time of 37.62 seconds. She's faster than all but one of Ceres High's varsity girls swimmers.

"It's mind-boggling," coach Bull said.

First-year participant Ricardo Cano (10) won the high-point trophy in his age group at the Tracy Invitational after taking first five times and third once. He swept three races, including the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 IM, against the Tritons.

"He's a phenomenal swimmer," Tracy Bull said. "His work ethic is off the charts."

Ninety percent of Ceres' athletes purchased official team swim suits for the 2011 campaign.

"We're spending a lot of money to up our program," coach Bull said.

The Dolphins will compete against the Oakdale Gators (June 11) and Turlock-based SeaDogs (June 25) later this month.

The MVSL Championships will be held in Oakdale on July 16.

"We're one of the teams to beat in league," Tracy Bull said. "That's something you couldn't say about us a couple of years ago."