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July 24, 2012 > Rain or Shine - Seals Spirit Soars

Rain or Shine - Seals Spirit Soars

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

Last season, the Seals' season opener was against the Castro Valley Crocs - the team bundled in warm jackets and huddled under a sea of umbrellas and rain saturated canopies. On Saturday, July 21, the Seals hosted their final regular season meet against the same team but this time under sweltering 90 degree weather conditions. Rain or shine - the Seals spirit is positive and Seals end their season on a high note winning the meet 568.5 - 496.5. Following the meet, Head Coach Robb Herndon wore a big smile and the look of a very proud parent, "The swimmers looked great today and I am very excited about championships" he beamed. The Seals end the season with a 2 - 5 record however have high hopes for championships.

The Seals of the Week from the last two meets are Ryan English, Gigi Taylor, Patrick Xiao, Jordan Taylor, Victor He, Sam Coleman and Virginia Xie, and Mercedes Reichel. Additionally - the team recognized the two graduating senior swimmers - Sam Coleman and former swimmer and current Assistant Coach - Caitlyn Jorgens.

Strong performances were posted by many of the Seals. Jamie Kennerk swam a personal best and also beat a team record swimming to a first place finish in the 15-18 girls 50 fly. Virginia Xie strikes again - taking first in all of her events and beating her own team record in the 11-12 girls IM.

Additional first place finishes are:

Girls Events
8 & Under Medley Relay (Wenti Mercado, Gigi Davis, Audrey Numeron, Nynke Propstra)
9-10 Medley Relay (Emily Rozul, Katelyn Farmer, Sophia He, Ryan English)
11-12 Medley Relay (Kayla Hirsch, Mikayla Lee, Virginia Xie, Reichel Mercedas)
13-14 Medley Relay (Sarina Noma, Rachael Taylor, Emely Gutierrez, Kylie Huynh)
15-18 Medley (Gabriela Bermudez, Sylvia Liang, Jamie Kennerk, Janeen Lima)
6 Under Free & Back (Lucina Tonoyan)
7- 8 Free & Back (Kyra Vickery)
9-10 Free & Back (Emily Rozul)
13-14 Free & IM (Jessica Amaral)
15-18 Free & Fly (Jamie Kennerk)
11-12 Back, Breast, IM (Virgina Xie)
13-14 Back & Fly (Hamaseh Pourhamseh)
15-18 Back (Gabriela Bermudez)
8 Under Breast & Fly (Hoangkhanh Nguyen)
9-10 Breast (Katelyn Farmer)
13-14 Breast (Katie Leong)
8 Under Free Relay (Kyra Vickery, Nynke Propstra, Hoangkhanh Nguyen, Gigi Davis)
13-14 Free Relay (Emely Gutierrez, Kylie Huynh, Hamaseh Pourhamseh, Jessica Amaral)

Boys Events
13-14 Medley (Jared Hirsch, Marvin Li, Joshua Airth, Matthew Spallas)
6 Under Back (Derek Ponssen)
9-10 Free & Fly (Nicholas Leong)
8 Under Breast (Joshua Kiang)
11-12 Breast (Kyle Vickery)
13-14 Breast (Marvin Li)
9-10 Free Relay (Arman Shah, Diego Ureno, Jerry Liang, Nicholas Leong)
11-12 Free Relay (Drake Moore, Joey Fraticelli, Ids Propstra, Luc Mercado)
13-14 Free Relay (Thomas Poniatowski, Joshua Airth, Marvin Li, Matthew Spallas)

Assistant Coach Desiree Fasolis was very pleased with the final outcome of the regular season. "It was a great meet and nice to end the season with win. There were tons of awesome swims and two swimmers broke team records too!" The Seals will participate in the EBSL Championship meet being held on Saturday, July 28th. Last year the team swam to a solid sixth place finish and heading into the finals with the spirit of a champion.

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