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July 15, 2011 > Seals hang tough against Barracudas

Seals hang tough against Barracudas

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

On Saturday, July 9, the Seals hosted their fifth regular season meet against the longstanding East Bay Swim League champions, the Mission Valley Barracudas. The visiting team was dressed in striking black and red T-shirts that deservingly read "A Decade of Excellence." For over a decade the Seals have not been able to compete with the blazing Barracudas. Ten years ago in 2001 the Seals were outscored by 322 points. However, the Seals have come a long way, closing in by 100 points in 2010 and strived for a Barracuda upset in 2011.

The final score was announced and despite the 540-503 loss, the team competed strongly.

"Of course I would have liked to have won, but I am very happy with the team's performance and it's the best we have done in over 12 years," commented Seals head coach Robb Herndon. "A swing of 18 points by each team was the difference today and we are ready for championships."

A lot of Seals kudos to report this week. Congratulations go out to the Seals Swimmers of the Week - Gabriel Ibarra, Moriah Lin, Rachelle Moran and Eric Ohata. Also, several team records have been broken. New record owners are Amanda Kiang, Emma Korpov, Mikaela Lin and Kyra Vickery (girls 8 and under freestyle relay); Moriah Lin, Emily Rozul, Lauren Taylor and Jessica Yu (girls 9-10 freestyle relay); Grant Myers (boys 9-10 freestyle, backstroke, butterfly); Matthew Lee also broke the boys 13 -14 EBSL butterfly record and team individual medley record.

The Seals regular season record is now 3-2 and swimmers will continue to work hard at practice to improve their standing next week against the Glenmoor Stingrays on Saturday, July 16.

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