July 13, 2010 > Seals Are Impressive Against the Highlands Sharks
Seals Are Impressive Against the Highlands Sharks
Submitted By Tracy Uyeda
The Fourth of July holiday offered the Seals time to spend with family and friends and gave the team a nice break from the rigorous swim practice and meet schedule. Rested and rejuvenated, the Seals team was definitely ready and excited to swim well against the Highlands Sharks on Saturday, July 10.
The Seals entered the meet with a 3-1 record and more impressively were leading the East Bay Swim League with the most points scored and least amount of points allowed.
The aim for Seals coaches and swimmers is to continue positive momentum through the rest of the regular season and peak at the East Bay Swim League championships. The Seals executed well and defeated a highly-spirited Highlands Sharks team 591.5-448.5. This improves the Seals overall record to 4-1.
Head coach Ray Murphey is very excited about the Seals performance saying, "It was fun to sit back and watch our swimmers push each other to do well. I and assistant coaches Andrew Squires, Chris Mason and Jonathan Green, were pleased to see the Seals congratulating teammates, and excited for friends when they broke times. Nothing feels better than knowing the Seals are self-motivated and supportive of their teammates."
The Seal swimmers also continue to advance on an individual level. Several swimmers improved significantly in their freestyle. Stephen English and Philip Taylor dropped three seconds; Simran Shah dropped one second; and Zachary Treat hit a milestone, swimming under 20 seconds in his freestyle. Also, Tyler Costa dropped three seconds in his individual medley, and the age 9-10 girls were behind the Sharks until Rachelle Moran and Mikayla Lee's star performances pulled them ahead to take first place.
The next opponent for the Seals is against the very tough Newark Bluefins. The Seals have not the defeated the Bluefins since 1998 but as the season is unfolding, the teams appear to be closely matched and the Seals are vying for victory - the first in 12 years.