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July 1, 2009 > Crocodiles swimming strong despite tough season

Crocodiles swimming strong despite tough season

Submitted By Darlene Cirmelli

The Columbia Crocodiles (0-5) brought half as many swimmers as Southgate, but still brought a good attitude to Cal State East Bay in a 673-350 loss.

"It's tough when you don't have as many swimmers as the other teams, but all you can do is try to go out and win your own races," explained Mark Nagy, who won 50-yard free (24.12 seconds) and led the 15-18 boys to two winning relays.

The older Crocodiles won 19 of 34 races, going 0-6 in the fly in the 40, 50-yard races. Kurtis Louie and Steve Heinsma won an individual event and teamed with Nagy on winning the 15-18 free (1:42.25) and 15-18 medley (1:58.62) relays. Louie won the 50 breast (32.55) and Heinsma won the 50 back (31.60).

The 11-12 girls won both relays (2:15.04 free and 2:51.63 medley). Two members of those relays also won one individual race, by Genevieve Cagigas taking the 50 breast (41.97) and Nicole Anthony enthusiastically taking the 50 free (29.86).

"It's really important to me because I've never broken 30 seconds before," Anthony said. "My best time coming into the year was 42 seconds, but I learned how to take deep breaths to make my lungs bigger and move my arms and legs faster."

Anthony's relay teammate, Emme Coupe won four events with wins in the 50 back (36.25) and 100 IM (1:21.72). Lauren Wirdzek and Stephanie Panko both won two races in the 13-14 division. Panko was more excited about taking 2 seconds off her best in the 100 IM with a 1:15.43 to win.

"I worked on my butterfly in practice and I think that was the difference," said Panko who won the 50 breast (36.76). "Coach (Darlene Cirmelli) had me use this band tied around my legs in practice because I was spreading my legs too far apart on the fly and that helped me stop doing that."

Wirdzek won the 50 free (28.77) and 50 back (37.37). Anant won the 200 IM (1:26.60) and helped the 11-12 boys win the 200 medley relay (2:51.63). The little Crocodiles picked up two wins in the under-10, 25-yard races. Makenna Jackson won the girls 9-10 back (22.29) and Samantha Allenbach won the 8 & under, 25 breast (27.63).

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