At the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls trials at Tokay High in Lodi on Thursday, the Tracy High swim team advanced two swimmers and one team to the Saturday finals.
“All in all, it was an outstanding day,” Tracy coach Nancy Morehead said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Ali Berrien broke her own school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a swim of two minutes, 0.45 seconds, good for 18th place and a berth in Saturday’s finals. Nicole Brown also advanced as an individual, with an eighth-place swim of 57.16 in the 100 freestyle and the same place on a time of 25.94 in the 50 freestyle.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Berrien, Alyssa Britt, Alison Scott and Mandy Culpepper advanced with a 14th-place swim of 1:46.09, and the same team advanced in the medley relay in 1:59.10, also in 14th place.
West’s Danielle Daviscourt also competed, but no information from her swim was available.
The boys swim today in the section trials.
Tracy, West in individual section playoffs
At In-Shape Marina in Stockton, both Tracy’s Neil Thakor and West’s Brett Spadoni and Kevin Canoy ran into players from top-ranked Jesuit of Carmichael — and while the results were losses, they were by no means easy.
Thakor kicked off his day with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Stagg’s Herman Mundy before running into Jesuit’s Nick Andrews, the No. 1 overall seed, to whom he lost 1-6, 2-6, despite playing “the best tennis I’ve seen him play,” according to Tracy coach Dean Reese.
The San Joaquin Athletic Association runner-up had one unforced error, returned Andrews’ serves cleanly and “played phenomenally,” Reese said. “Neil’s play was impressive, but it wasn’t enough — he (Andrews) was just that good.”
Daniel Durand and Quinn O’Brien had a tougher day, running into Davis’ No. 2 doubles pairing and losing, 6-0, 6-1.
Canoy was Andrews’ first victim, but he gave the Sacramento-area player a scare. Canoy won two out of the first three games to lead the first set, 2-1. The shock lead surprised the crowd, but it also woke up Andrews, who won the match, 6-3, 6-0.
“For a split second, the entire Jesuit camp looked nervous,” West coach Michael Quintana said. “Our boy was competitive with him for the first set. (Canoy) did very, very well.”
On the adjacent court, the Tri-City Athletic League singles champion Spadoni faced the No. 2 overall seed, Jesuit No. 2 Steven Dawson, to whom he lost, 6-1, 6-2. Daniel de la Cruz and Serggio Antonio played in the doubles portion and bowed out to Turlock’s No. 1 pairing, Peter Nissan and Spenser Stevens, 6-3, 6-3.
(F) Tracy 7, Lincoln 4
The Bullpuppies (7-1 SJAA, 17-7) rebounded from a 10-run loss to Lincoln on Monday to claim a share of the league title in their season finale Thursday at home.
Jake Finney and Ricky Diaz shared pitching duties, holding the Trojans (7-1 SJAA) to four runs on seven hits. Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and a run, and Robbie Jackman was 1-for-3 with a run. Brandon Josey had one hit, but it was a three-run double to give Tracy some breathing room late, and Jake Rivera added a two-run double. Jacob Valdez went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
“It was a great year,” Tracy coach Frank Marty said. “I’m looking forward to four great years of baseball from these kids.”
(F) St. Mary’ s 11, West 1 (5 innings)
The shortest Tri-City Athletic League season in history ended Thursday for West (2-2 TCAL), which played an abbreviated schedule after Edison, Stagg and McNair highs couldn’t field freshmen teams.
The Rams (4-0 TCAL) scored at least one run in every inning Thursday off three different West pitchers. Adam Crandall, Nathan Trujillo, Michael Lavarios, Caleb Creasam and Jeff Koury provided West’s hits, with Koury hitting a double and Creasam providing the lone RBI.
West committed four errors.
“We had a good team,” West coach Vince Vargas said. “The errors just killed us.”