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August 3, 2010 > Swim records fall as Mission Valley wins EBSL Championship

Swim records fall as Mission Valley wins EBSL Championship

Submitted By Melissa Ng, Mission Valley Barracudas swimmer

As the sun rose on the morning of Saturday, July 31, hundreds of Marlins, Stingrays, Sharks, Seals, Barracudas, Bluefins, Drowning Darryls, Penguins, Gators and Dolphins descended into Chabot College to compete for the 2010 East Bay Swim League Championship. Records were broken soon after the meet began.

Congrats to the following swimmers who broke Mission Valley Swim team records en route to the team's 10th consecutive first-place finish: Jessica Tu, Anna Kim, Hannah Scobel, Hannah Imhof, Jerry Wong and Brett Hansen.

Even more amazing were the swimmers who broke long-held EBSL records: Dillon Chang (MV), Andrew Clark (MV), Ryan Tanakit (MV), Grant Perry (MV), Austin Felarca (Washington Manor), Ben Hansen (MV), Mark Perry (MV), Juanito Gloria (San Leandro), John Werfal (SL), Jeffery Engler (SL), and Kevin So (SL). Also notable is Andrew Clark (MV), who came within 0.01 seconds of breaking the EBSL record for 15- to 18-year-old men's breaststroke with a time of 28.52 seconds.

Mission Valley Barracudas captured the championship with a 944 point margin. Washington Manor Dolphins won the much-wanted Spirit Award.

The meet had numerous memorable images. Jabba the Hutt mingled with a Drowning Darryl while coaches from Highlands dressed up as giant iPhones, complete with buttons and slim leggings. Not to be missed was the giant Popeye hanging out in front of the Barracuda area. Answering the call of the coaches to swim "Strong to the Finich,"(because they eat their spinach) more than 90 percent of the Barracuda swimmers achieved new personal bests and contributed points to their team.

Congratulations to the following Barracuda swimmers who won individual medals: Benjamin Bean, Dillon Chang, Andrew Clark, Ben Hansen, Brett Hansen, Bethany Hung, Stephen Jeffery, Kyle Kohn, Juliana McCuaig, Craig Perry, Mark Perry, Hannah Scobel, Carolyn Thomas, Jessica Tu, Jerry Wong, Jasper Wu, Samantha Wu and Jessica Yang.

Many thanks to the EBSL Board, and all of the volunteers for helping championship run smoothly. Thanks and congratulations to Mission Valley coaches Don French, Joe Martinez and Alex Schmeel. See you next year!

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