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Lewis takes first in 100 breast, 200 IM at WAC finals
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Ceres High junior Elliott Lewis finished in first place in the 200 IM and 100 breast while competing at the Western Athletic Conference Varsity Boys Swim Championships on April 28 in Los Banos. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys standout swimmer Elliott Lewis successfully defended his 100-breaststroke title and finished first in the 200 individual medley at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on April 28 at Los Banos' Pacheco High School.

"He treats everything like a competition," coach Dylan Hines said.

Lewis set personal records in both races.

He improved his 200-IM time by four seconds.

Elliott shaved two seconds off his 100-breast time.

"He has the ability to take direction and apply it," Hines said.

Lewis finished first in the 50 free in 2017.

He took fifth in both the 50 free and 100 breast during his sophomore year.

"He's a hard-working swimmer," Hines said. "He never looks like he's tired in the pool."
Ryan Baranski placed second in the 50 free and 100 free.

Mark Razo placed second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free.

Diego Caravalho placed third in the 100 back and sixth in the 100 fly.

Nathaniel Dennis placed fourth in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 free.

Jacob Backman placed sixth in the 200 free and 100 breast.

Case Broumas placed seventh in the 100 back and eighth in the 100 free.

Kenneth Arroyo placed seventh in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 back.

Wil Emmons placed ninth in the 100 fly and 10th in the 200 free.

Angel Figueroa placed ninth in the 100 breast and 18th in the 100 free.

Cruz Fee placed 10th in the 100 back.

The Bulldogs' 400-free relay team of Elliott Lewis, Ryan Baranski, Mark Razo and Diego Caravalho placed first.

The Bulldogs' 200-free relay team of Jacob Backman, Kenneth Arroyo, Wil Emmons and Nathaniel Dennis placed third.

Ceres High amassed 132 points on its way to a second-place finish in the WAC team standings.

Los Banos (168) claimed the title.

Pacheco (101), Patterson (87) and Livingston (15) took third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Crosstown-rival Central Valley was unable to post a team score due to its thin lineup, which featured just two swimmers.

"We have a young team," Hines said. "They had fun and improved their times. We were pretty close to Los Banos, too."