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July 24, 2012 > Bluefins Hang on to the End!

Bluefins Hang on to the End!

By Candy Alcosiba

The Bluefins gave the San Leandro Drowning Darryls a good strong fight on Saturday, July 14, and although in the end they lost by a mere sixteen points to the dominating and undefeated team, they are confident that they will take them at the East Bay Swim League championship meet on July 28, 2012.

The Bluefins are no stranger to fierce competition and always arise to the occasion of a hardy challenge. And although they were down many key swimmers, the team prevailed in their own right. Records were broken, goals were met and relay teams dominated the day.

The Bluefins have been known for their powerhouse relay teams, and Saturday's meet was no exception to their many routine wins. The Medley relay teams that swept the competition were the 9/10 girls and boys, 11/12 boys, 13/14 girls and 15/18 girls. The 15/18 girl's medley relay team has gone undefeated the entire season and they are not going to easily surrender that title come championships. The dynamic team has remained untouchable throughout.

The domination continued as the free relay teams took victory with the 8 and under girls, both the 11/12 boys and girls team as well as the 13/14 boys and girls and 15/18 boys and girls - nearly a clean sweep in the free relay event.

Other successful victories during the Saturday's meet were the first, second and third place triumph of the 11/12 boy's 50 yard breast stroke. Joshua Tsai took first, followed by Emmanuel Ngbemeneh and finishing in third, the Bluefins dedicated and hardworking Sebastian Gonzalez. But it wasn't just the boy's breast stroke that managed a clean sweep, the girl's 13/14 fifty yard breast was clinched by Teresa Lee, followed by Mary McKinley in second place and Amanda Castillo completing the sweep.

Victories were made throughout the day and the Bluefins newcomer Leonardo Tse dominated his events earning a first place for the 50 free, 50 back and 50 fly. Adrian Rosales took first place in the boy's under six 25 yard freestyle breaking Jeff Parson's - former Bluefin - record that was set back in 1997.

The team is completing their sixteenth season and very unified and supportive. "As I swam today, I realized this is my last away dual meet since I will graduate off the team this year and I am so proud to have been a Bluefin for the last nine years because we have a fantastic team, and I will always be a Bluefin at heart!"

As the team has faced absentees, injuries and other setbacks throughout the season, they still have managed to prevail. Although they have experienced a few team losses as a result of these setbacks, they are determined to reign victoriously at the championship meet, which is what it all comes down to in the end. And as they head to this Saturday's meet against the Treeview Dolphins, only one thing is acceptable for the determined team, and that is victory!

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