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July 8, 2009 > Dolphins hold holiday relay event

Dolphins hold holiday relay event

Submitted By Andy Ng

Thursday, July 2, to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Treeview Dolphins of the East Bay Swim League staged their 30th Annual Fourth of July relays. The relays were started unofficially during the bicentennial year and became an official event when Bob Radecke became head coach of the Treeview Dolphins in 1979.

The relay race is a combination of patriotism, fear factor and teamwork. Swimmers demonstrate their patriotism by swimming holding a flag above water or singing the Star Spangled Banner; the Fear Factor component means at the conclusion of their leg of the relay they may have to eat something yucky like limes, anchovies or mangoes; and the teamwork component means on one relay the kids have to work together all holding a kickboard making their way across the pool.

Many Treeview swimmers have enjoyed - and looked forward to - this annual relay race. And this year was no different. The kids had a blast and it is a great way to start the holiday weekend.

The Treeview Dolphins would like to announce the results of the 2009 Swim-a-thon held two weeks ago. All swimmers had an hour to swim as many laps as they could. Over 70 swimmers participated and they all did a fantastic job.

Dolphins who swam the most laps in each age group were: under 6: Nathan Ong (54), Alessia Blanch; ages 7-8: Dante Tanjuatco (116), Abigal Stockinger (54); ages 9-10: Issac Martinez (105), Sam Ong (114); ages 11-12 Frankie Tanjuatco (100), Heather Mullaly (48); ages 13-14: Marcus Ng (164), Arin Ledesma (130); and ages 15-18: Ben Ong (180), Mica England (140).

Treeview Dolphin swimmers are primarily located in the South Hayward and Union City areas but do have kids that come from Fremont, Oakland and San Leandro. If you have a child ages 5-18 and are interested in adding your name to our e-mail list for the 2010 season, send an e-mail to

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