Ripon Aquatics stand­outs sign to Di­vi­sion I pro­grams

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By VINCE REMBULAT

RIPON — Four swim­mers from the Ripon Aquatics pro­gram will be mov­ing on.

On Tues­day, Andrew Brit­ton, Mallory Brubaker, Ty Wells, and Elizabeth Wen­ner signed their let­ter of in­tents to their re­spec­tive col­leges.

Brit­ton, who at­tends Gre­gori High in Modesto, will be swim­ming for the Univer­sity of Utah, while Ripon High se­nior Brubaker is bound for Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist Univer­sity in River­side.

“It’s great (swim) pro­gram with a great coach,” Brubaker said fol­low­ing the sign­ing event held at the Ervin Zador Aquatics Cen­ter at RHS. She’ll join for­mer Sierra stand­out Scott Tol­man and Chris­tian Brit­ton, Andrew’s brother, at Cal Bap­tist.

The Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist Lancers will be mov­ing to NCAA Di­vi­sion I next year, com­pet­ing in the Western Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Wells con­sid­ered Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist, along with In­di­ana Univer­sity and Utah, be­fore ink­ing on with the Univer­sity of Ari­zona of the Pac 12.

He and Brit­ton — his soon-to-beUtes are also in the Pac 12 — both plan to ma­jor Pre-Med.

Brubaker is lean­ing to­wards Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sci­ences and Dis-

or­ders, with hopes of go­ing into speech ther­apy.

Wen­ner is look­ing to study Mar­ket­ing, ma­jor­ing in Busi­ness at Fresno State. Cou­ple that with a pos­si­ble mi­nor in Psy­chol­ogy.

She, too, looked at Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist and UC San Diego be­fore de­cid­ing to be­come a Bull­dog.

“( Fresno State) has the state- of- the- arts swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties,” said Wen­ner, who, along with Wells, are also se­niors at RHS.

Ac­cord­ing to Ripon Aquatics and Ripon High swim/wa­ter polo coach Erik Zador, the four here are most he’s sent to col­lege in one year.

In the past five years, the pro­gram has pro­duced Haylee Bald­win (Fresno State), Katelin Brit­ton ( Fresno State), Mi­randa McDon­ald ( Cal State- East Bay), and Ken­dall Mur­phy ( Calvin Col­lege), to name a few.

Zador is thrilled with the op­por­tu­nity that Brit­ton, Brubaker, Wells and Wen­ner will have while com­pet­ing at the ma­jor col­lege level.

“They’re all phe­nom­e­nal kids,” he said. “We were very for­tu­nate to have here – they’re hard work­ing, great all-around stu­dents and very car­ing with the younger kids in the pro­gram.”

VINCE REMBULAT / The Bul­letin

From left, Elizabeth Wen­ner (Fresno State), Ty Wells (Ari­zona), Andrew Brit­ton (Utah) and Mallory Brubaker (Cal­i­for­nia Bap­tist) signed their let­ter of in­tents Tues­day at the Ervin Zador Aquatic Cen­ter at Ripon High. They were joined by their Ripon Aquatics coach Erik Zador.

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