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June 7, 2011 > Bay Area Dolphins swimmers continue to improve

Bay Area Dolphins swimmers continue to improve

Submitted By Jenny Kubicki, Bay Area Dolphins coach

Jumping into competitive swimming at age 11 or older is not always an easy thing. These swimmers have to do all 50 (2 laps) and 100 IM (4 laps in a row, one of each stroke with no breaks). At the Saturday, June 4, East Bay Swim League season opener against the Mission Highlands Sharks, the Hayward-based Bay Area Dolphins had several swimmers take on these races for the first time.

Vanessa Munoz and Mikayla Kalem rocked it in their first ever 50 fly; Jane Lyell put up an impressive first 100 IM; and Brandon Lee showed he could handle both the 50 fly and 100 IM. Way to go!

In addition to the first timers, the Dolphins also had their share of first-place finishes. Taking the top spots in their respective events were Ela Campos in the 25 free; Niko Garzon in the 50 free; Miranda Leung in the 25 back; Tiffany Yam in the 50 breast; Zach Zauhar-Kurr in the 25 fly; and Eric Harvey in the 50 fly.

Then there were the some super studs who won, not one, but two races on the day. Those double winners included Julia Felarca in the 25 free and 25 back; Christy Leong in the 25 free and 25 breast; Austin Felarca in the 50 back and 100 IM; Melanie Wong in the 50 back and 100 IM; Brent Kehoe in the 50 back and 100 IM; and Emily Fitzgerald in the 25 breast and 25 fly.

Finally, since the name of the game in swimming is all about dropping time, props have to be given to the following swimmers with some of the biggest drops in the first meet.

Ella Stevenson dropped 10 seconds off 25 back; Waileia Lee cut 11.5 seconds off 25 back; Katie Dillworth took 16 seconds off 25 back; Mackenzie Cacciaguidi shaved 12.5 seconds off 25 back; Rhiannon Church improved by 8 seconds in the 50 back; Hailey Fitzgerald had 15 seconds come off her time in the 25 breast; Lainey Klassen deducted 9 seconds off the 25 breast; Tyler Phoen cut 9.5 seconds off the 25 breast; Saodi Bullie dropped 8.5 seconds off the 25 breast; Schuyler Krawczuk took 8 seconds off the 50 breast; Lexi Felarca shaved 14 seconds off the 25 fly; Lucion Strouse improved 8 seconds in the 25 fly; Jason Felarca had a 10 second improvement in the 100 IM; and Matthew Kho had 8 seconds come off the 100 IM.

If you think that was impressive, check out these last two time improvements. Katie Dillworth bested her 25 breast heat by 33 seconds. And Bella Moran swam the 25 free 34 seconds faster than her previous best.

Next up for the Bay Area Dolphins is a dual meet with the Southgate Penguins Saturday, June 11.

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