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Nunes takes 18th in a record time at section meet
Shane Nunes glanced at the scoreboard and pumped his fist in frustration after completing the 100 fly in a personal-best time of 55.56 seconds at the Sac-Joaquin Section varsity boys swimming trials on Friday at Tokay High School.

The Ceres High junior finished in 18th place. The top 16 qualified for Saturday's finals. Nunes was named second alternate.

"I'm glad I improved my time but I was hoping for more," Shane said. "I should have done better but I let the adrenaline get to me in the beginning and I kind of died out at the end. I was actually going for the school record. I was a second off. Maybe next year."

Nunes also placed 37th in the 100 back (1:01.44).

He took 20th in the 200 IM at the frosh-soph level in 2007.

Senior Vincent Wester took 24th in the 500 free (5:19.66) and 38th in the 100 fly (57.89). He took four seconds off his previous-best time in the 500 free.

Senior Ryan Calou set personal records in the 500 free (31st in 5:28.38) and 100 free (32nd in 50.69).

Calou, Nunes, Aaron Cunningham and Wester teamed up to place 19th overall in the 400 free relay (3:29.28). They finished fifth in their heat.

"That says something about the abilities of the boys when they put their minds to it," head coach Sue Garcia said. "We were seeded eighth."

The 200 free relay team of Calou, Nunes, Tony Chavez and Wester finished 22nd (1:36.87).

Five of Ceres High's seven athletes qualified to compete in the section trials this year.

"I'm very pleased with their performance," Garcia said. "They improved their times. That's what they worked for."

Central Valley freshman Victor Cruz notched a personal-best time of 24.97 seconds on his way to a 49th-place finish in the 50 free at the frosh-soph boys competition.

He qualified two weeks earlier at the Valley Oak League championships, where he finished the event in a then personal-record 25.85 seconds.