Several Tigers qualify for sections despite team defeat
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The Patterson High swim team lost its matches against the visiting Livingston High Wolves on Friday, March 15, at the Patterson Aquatic Center in the squad’s first dual meet of the season.

The boys team fell 87-82, while the girls team lost 96-74.

Even so, several Tigers had good finishes, and first-year Patterson coach Amy Castillo said she was satisfied with the improvements the group has made.

“My biggest goal for the swimmers is to make a name for themselves,” Castillo said. “They work hard every day and I have seen much improvement from the start of the season. We have a lot of potential, and as a coaching staff we are very hopeful.”

Patterson senior Michael D’Onofrio paced the boys team, turning in a winning time of 1 minute, 5.97 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke.

He also led the boys 200 medley relay team — which included seniors Aaron Gonzales and Austin Johnson and junior Matthew Schaa — to a first-place finish in 1:50.76.

Those times qualify D’Onofrio and the relay team to swim in the varsity boys division at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet May 9 to 11 at Tokay High in Lodi.

Swimmers can qualify for the section meet throughout the regular season by meeting the designated time standard that corresponds with their event.

The section-qualifying time for the boys 100 breaststroke is 1:07, and the mark for the boys 200 medley relay team is 1:56.

Other noteworthy performances for the Patterson boys included Gonzales’ 50 freestyle (23.64 seconds), which was about a quarter of a second short of qualifying him for the section meet in May.

“We currently have 47 swimmers on the active roster,” Castillo said. “Last year, we had one swimmer advance to sections. This year, we are already seeing that number increase.”

Patterson (0-1 WAC) continues the season April 5 at the Los Banos Invitational at Pacheco High School.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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