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Bulldogs wrap up swimming season
Zachary Jones had a memorable sophomore season with Ceres Highs boys swim team. - photo by Dale Butler

A standout on Ceres High School's swimming program since her freshman year, Haley Fisicaro suited up for the Bulldogs for the final time last week.

The senior competed at the Sac-Joaquin Section Varsity Girls Swimming Championships on Thursday at Tokay High School in Lodi.

Fisicaro placed 28th in the 100 back in 1:06.80 and 29th in the 100 fly in 1:04.

"Haley's leaving behind a legacy in the pool," Bulldogs assistant coach Sue Garcia said. "She was committed and dedicated. She led by example. She also spoke up to teammates to get them to work harder. She hoped for better times at the section meet. She did great things throughout her career. That can't be negated."

Erik Weststeyn (back), Stefan Perry (breast), Jacob Stone (fly) and Manuel Hernandez (free), members of Ceres High's varsity boys swim team, placed 44th in the 200 medley relay in 1:59.12 on Friday.

Hernandez, Stone, Bobby Baranski and Samuel Ochoa placed 48th in the 200 free relay in 1:39.53.

Zachary Jones, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, placed third in the 50 free in 22.67 seconds and eighth in the 100 free in 50.09 seconds on Saturday.

He set personal records in both events.

"I still have two years left," Jones said. "I want to be the best. Next year, I'm going to have to work twice as hard to compete at the varsity level."

Jones was awarded a bronze medal for his top-three finish in the 50 free.

"I definitely met my goal," he said. "All of my hard work paid off. I put in 4,000 yards a day at practice."

Jones was seeded 21st in the 50 free. Zach advanced to the finals after completing the race in 22.84 seconds during Friday's trials.

"It was very exciting to watch," Garcia said. "We're really proud of what he did. We look forward to what he's going to bring the next couple of years. He's got natural talent. He has a swimmer's build. He works hard."