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August 3, 2010 > Newark takes second at EBSL championships

Newark takes second at EBSL championships

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

It was a packed scene at the Chabot College swim complex in Hayward as all East Bay Swim League clubs competed to see who was the best in the Bay.

One surprise was the Newark Bluefins.

A team that didn't expect to finish in the top five streaked toward a shocking second place result.

"The kids were swimming amazing races," said Bluefins coach Gordon Crosby.

His swimmers took second in a majority of second-place finishes, including the girls and boys 8- to 9-year-old 100 yard relay, the boys 9- and 10-year-old 100 relay, the 11- and 12-year-old boys 200 relay and the boys 13- to 14-year-old 200 relay.

"So far, it's been beyond expectations. We haven't had the type of year we had last year but they were ready today," Crosby added.

Jennifer Wang took two first-place finishes, despite not being a top seed going into the EBSL Championships Saturday, July 31. She took first in the girls 9- and 10-year-old 25 yard backstroke with a time of 16.87 seconds, coming just short of the 16.28 record held by Brittany Fraculli from 1996.

Another star for Newark was Sam Haber who also took first in two events, including coming .05 seconds short of the record in his win in the men's 15- to 18-year-old 50 yard freestyle. Haber finished with a time of 21.80, just missing the 21.75 record made in 2008 by Matthew Hubins.

Evan Hall also finished second for the Bluefins in the boys 8-and-under 25 yard breaststroke.

The EBSL Championships Saturday also had its share of records broken on the day.

Hannah Savers tied the record for fastest time in the girls 8-and-under 25 yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 18.70, tying Emily Loaisiga's record made last year.

Mission Valley's 15- to 18-year-old relay team of Dillon Chang, Andrew Clark, Ryan Tanakit and Grant Perr topped Mission Highland's 1:42.01 record from last year with their time of 1:41.51 in the 200 yard relay.

Washington Manor's Austin Felarca set a new record in the boys 11- and 12-year-old 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.10 seconds, just breaking Nathan Mar's record of 25.21 seconds from 1997. Felarca also broke Chris Raimendi's 1996 record of 30.57 in the boys 11- and 12-year-old 50 yard backstroke with a time of 30.36.

Mark Perry, who finished second in the same 50 yard backstroke tied the record with his 30.57 second finish. Perry would, however, break the record in the boys 11- and 12-year-old 50 yard breaststroke with a time of 31.50 seconds, shattering Eric Vaa's '98 record of 32.38.

Ben Hanson also just broke the record in the boys 8-and-under 25 yard backstroke with a time of 18.01 seconds, breaking the record by .10 which as originally held by William Duini (18.11 in 1997).

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