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July 10, 2012 > Seals Loss Sets Bar for EBLS Champs

Seals Loss Sets Bar for EBLS Champs

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

On June 30, the Kennedy Seals hosted the 2011 East Bay Swim League (EBSL) Champions, the San Leandro Drowning Darryls. Currently undefeated, San Leandro continues to dominate the league. The last time these two teams competed in a regular season meet was in 2009 where the Seals were outscored 471-565.

Going into this meet the Seals' coaches and swimmers knew their team had to swim flawlessly to keep up with San Leandro. With just a few regular season meets remaining and the 2012 EBSL Championships looming, this meet measured how the team would stack up against the league's top teams. The final score was 606.5-464.5 with the Seals losing by 142 points. Although a loss for the Seals, the team felt positive about their performance and the potential to rank at championships.

The Seals coaching staff recognized the "Swimmers of the Week" - Gabriel Ibarra, Hoangkhang Nguyen, James Verges, Matthew Lin, Sam Coleman, Stephen English, and Gianna Tarquini.

An unassuming and refreshingly humble Virginia Xie inspired the spectators and her fellow teammates by beating two team records originally set 23 years ago. With quiet grace and fierce power, Virginia swam her way to the record books and is now the team record holder of the 11-12 Girls 50 Fly and 100 Individual Medley.

A group of 8 and under girls also caught the attention of the team by placing first in the meet and breaking the Free Relay record. The team of Kyra Vickery, Kelly Ohata, Hoangkhanh Nguyen, and Mikaela Lin broke their own record set just one week ago.

Girls Events:
7- 8 Free (Kyra Vickery)
13-14 Free (Jessica Amaral)
6 & Under Back (Lucina Tonoyan)
13-14 Back and Fly (Hamaseh Pourhamseh)
13-14 Breast (Katie Leong)
15-18 Fly (Jamie Kennerk)
11-12 IM (Virginia Xie)
9-10 Free Relay (Emily Rozul, Alicia Cardenas, Katelyn Farmer, Ryan English)
11-12 Free Relay (Mikayla Lee, Lauren Taylor, Rachelle Moran, Moriah Lin)
13-14 Free Relay (Rachael Taylor, Sarina Noma, Kylie Huynh, Jessica Amaral)
13-14 Medley Relay (Jessica Amaral, Katie Leong, Hamaseh Pourhamseh, Katelynn Malpede)
15-18 Free Relay (Joanna Dalldorf, Sylvia Liang, Janeen Lima, Gabriela Bermudez)

Boys Events:
9-10 Back and Fly (Nicholas Leong)
11-12 Free (Victor He)
11-12 Back (Brandon Ohata)
11-12 Breast and IM (Kyle Vickery)
13-14 Free and Fly (Severin Magsanay)
8 and Under Free Relay (Gabriel Ibarra, Jake Farmer, Jordan Taylor, Joshua Kiang)
9-10 Free Relay (Nicholas Leong, Jacob Walker, Kyle Mak, Diego Urena)
13-14 Free Relay (Thomas Poniatowski, Jared Hirsch, Matthew Spallas, Severin Magsanay)

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