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June 21, 2011 > A great meet despite Seals loss

A great meet despite Seals loss

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

There was a positive competitive buzz during Seals practices this week as the team prepared for the very strong Newark Bluefins. Up until last season the Bluefins were dominating, beating the Seals year after year for over a decade. The Seals beat the Bluefins last season and the Seals hoped to repeat the win and further secure their reputation as a viable competitor in East Bay Swim League.

On Saturday, June 18, the Seals ventured into Bluefin territory. The Seals Coaches gathered the swimmers and provided words of confidence and encouragement for the meet ahead. Head Coach Robb Herndon also celebrated the Seal swimmers of the week. Recognized with cheers and applause from their team mates were Mikayla Lee, Mikaela Lin, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jacob Walker.

A tiny powerhouse, 6-year-old Gabriel Ibarra, caught the attention of the coaching staff. Coach Andrew Squires stated, "Gabriel had a great meet today, he swam exceptionally in all of his events including the medley relay, freestyle, and butterfly."

Immediately following the meet, the scores were not available so many were anxiously awaiting the outcome. Parents asked Coach Andrew Squires for his prediction: "I'm not sure who is going to win - the events were so exciting - it went back and forth," stated Squires.

In the end, the Seals came up short losing the meet 531-517. Although disappointing, the team spirit remains high and creates even greater motivation to continue improving. Coach Desiree Fasolis commented, "We knew it was going to be a close meet and we had a lot of really exciting races. Even though the outcome was not what we wanted, it was a great meet, the swimmers had fun, and we look forward to seeing the Bluefins again at Championships!"

The Seals season record is now 2-1 and the team looks forward to hosting the Warm Springs Gators next week.

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