Ceres High’s boys swim program had just one athlete qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships during the springtime.
Mark Razo finished in 38th place in the 100 butterfly at the frosh-soph boys trials on May 11 at Lodi’s Tokay High School.
Razo battled veteran swimmers.
“The competition at sections was tough,” Bulldogs’ coach Dylan Hines said. “Many competitors are year-round swimmers and have been for many years. This shows the true dedication of Mark.”
A newcomer to the fly, Razo completed the race in a personal-best time of 1:01.57.
His seed time was 1:02.
“Mark exceeded expectations for his butterfly,” Hines said. “It was a stroke he diligently worked at throughout the season. He couldn’t have done anything better and we are so proud of him for what he accomplished.”
Razo, a sophomore, competed at the varsity level during the Western Athletic Conference season.
Mark finished second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 50 free at the WAC Championships on April 28 in Los Banos.
“Mark was an extremely hard worker,” Hines said. “He asked questions about how to improve his stroke, took direction, applied it and would work on improving without being prompted to. He was a great addition to the team. We can’t wait to see what he brings next season.”
La Rosa Elementary School’s Andre Flores defeated Oakland’s Cyrus Dizon by unanimous decision in the 11-12-year-old Bantamweight 80-pound division at the 2018 Central Pacific Junior Olympic Regional Championships on May 5 at the Thomas Edison Language Institute in Arden Arcade.
Flores placed first in the 9-10-year-old 75-pound division at the USA Boxing Silver Gloves Regional-8 Championships in January.
Andre captured the 65-pound title in the same age group in 2017. He also claimed national and state crowns.