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July 26, 2011 > Barracudas chomp Crocodiles

Barracudas chomp Crocodiles

By Mayuri Jayaraman, Photo by Mike Heightchew

On Saturday, July 23, the Mission Valley Barracudas welcomed the Castro Valley Crocodiles to the Mission Valley Swim Club for the final East Bay Swim League dual meet of the season. The Barracudas had not lost a single meet yet, and the swimmers wanted to keep it up by swimming 110 percent during the meet. The swimmers remembered head coach Don French's motto: "If your arms hurt, swim harder. If your legs hurt, kick harder. If your lungs hurt, don't breathe."

At this meet, a number of swimmers improved their times. The following swimmers improved their times by more than three seconds.

In freestyle, Hayden Crane improved his time by more than eight seconds, and Sumeet Sra and Jane Huynh improved their time by three and half seconds each. In backstroke, Shelby Rich and Gabriella Rachal each improved their times by three and a half seconds. In breaststroke, Melanie Sun improved her time by five seconds, Shelby Rich improved her time by almost seven seconds and Steven Liu improved his time by almost 10 seconds. In butterfly, Yaelle Kretchmer improved her time by almost 16 seconds, while Dylan Kohn improved his time by six and a half seconds. And in individual medley, Viola Yasuda improved her time by seven and a half seconds.

As is the annual tradition, graduating Barracuda seniors Allison Lucarelli, Yu Shen Gu and Grant Huang were recognized today for their effort in the team.

At the end, the Barracudas were able to bring themselves to another win, 736-305, improving to 7-0. As the Crocodiles packed up and headed home, the Barracudas called after them, "See you next week at Championships!"

Mission Valley will now gear up for the biggest meet of the season. They look forward to meeting all the EBSL teams at Chabot College on Saturday, July 30, for the EBSL Championships meet.

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