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July 3, 2012 > Seals Step Up Despite Loss To Sharks

Seals Step Up Despite Loss To Sharks

On Saturday June 23 the Seals were hosted by the spirited Highlands Sharks. Hawaii was the theme and there was no shortage of aloha printed shirts and island decor. Swimming under mostly clouds and an occasional spread of sunshine, the Seals swam a very tough meet against the closely matched Highlands Sharks. Last season, the Seals met the Sharks in their home opener and won by 87 points. Today - the Seals really stepped up - but fell short losing by about the same margin they won by last season. The final score was 487 to 587. Posted on Facebook was a shout out from Assistant Coach Desiree Fasolis - "Hey Seals, the official score was 587.5 (Highlands) to 487.5 (Seals). Great job today; there were LOTS of awesome swims! Keep it up!"

Head Coach Robb Herndon announced the swimmers of the week. The Seals are proud of all their swimmers, however each week special recognition is awarded to four swimmers whose efforts, dedication to attending practices, and performance go over and above. This week, the Seals recognized Bethany Kiang, Armand Shah, Kami Mak, and Carlos Gonzales.

Due to a lean swim roster this week - Matthew Lin was asked to race in a higher age bracket. Originally scheduled to swim in the 13-14 boys Medley Relay he agreed to swim up in the 15-18 event. His heart, determination, and commitment to the team carried him through as he found himself standing on the block among swimmers over twice his size. The crowds cheered the team on to a strong second place finish in standings - but it was certainly a blue ribbon finish in pride and determination. "I was a little nervous - but after I was in the water all I thought about was swimming my best," commented Matthew Lin.

Strong performances were posted by many of the Seals. Finishing first in all their events were Jessica Amaral, Virginia Xie, and Hoangkhanh Nguyen. The 8 and Under Girls Relay team of Kyra Vickery, Kelly Ohata, Hoangkhanh Nguyen, and Mikaela Lin took first and also beat a team record!

Additional first place finishes are:

Girls Events
8 and Under Medley (Kelly Ohata, Wenti Mercado, Hoangkhanh Nguyen, Mikaela Lin),
11-12 Medley (Kayla Hirsch, Mikayla Lee, Virginia Xie, Mercedes Reichel)
13-14 Medley (Jessica Amaral, Katie Leong, Hamaseh Pourhamseh, Geralyn Moore)
7- 8 Free and Back (Kyra Vickery)
9-10 Back (Emily Rozul)
9-10 Breast (Katelyn Farmer)
13-14 Breast (Katie Leong)
13-14 Fly (Hamaseh Pourhamseh)
13-14 Free Relay (Emily Gutierrez, Geralyn Moore, Katie Leong, Hamaseh Pourhamseh)

Boys Events
11-12 Medley (Brandon Ohata, Victor He, Joey Fraticelli, Kyle Vickery)
6 and Under Free and Back (David Taylor)
11-12 Breast (Kyle Vickery)
13-14 Breast (Marvin Li)
11-12 Free Relay (Drake Moore, Luc Mercado, Joey Fraticelli, Victor He)

The Seals' fifth meet of the season is on June 30 against the 2011 EBSL League Champions - the San Leandro Drowning Darryls. Special thanks to Dave and Elise Leong for news pictures!

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