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June 22, 2004 > EBSL: Mission Valley starts the season strong

EBSL: Mission Valley starts the season strong

Praveena Raman

The six East Bay Swim League southern division teams started the season with a bang, posting wins against all six northern division teams during the first dual meet of the season on June 5th. The results of the second meet on June 12th were mixed. Teams raced against teams in their own division. Competing as part of a team is challenging for the swimmers but can also bring immense personal satisfaction. Swimming in individual events, competitors first try to improve their times and beat their personal records. By improving their times they also collectively improve the standing of their team in the league. When swimming in relays, teamwork and team dynamics come into play. The success of a team often depends on the breadth and depth of its team. The strength and skills of team members need to be balanced.

Mission Valley Barracudas, EBSL champions for three years in a row, have won all three of their dual meets so far this season. Swimming for a strong team can be tough, especially to maintain the top position in individual events. The following Barracuda swimmers have been successful in doing just that in all the three meets - Girls: Courtney McBride (6&under, 1st freestyrle); Hannah Scobel (11-12, 1st freestyle); Melanie Miller (13-14, 1st freestyle, 1st fly); Annie Scobel (15-18, 1st freestyle, 1st IM); Katie Baird (11-12, 1st breast); Juliana McCuaig (8&under, 1st fly); Ashley McBride (11-12, 1st fly); Cathy Wagner (15-18, 1st fly).
Boys: Thomas Chi (9-10, 1st back); Jonathan Huang (15-18, 1st back), Craig Perry (11-12, 1st breast), Dean Luo (8&under, 1st fly); Mathew Imhof (9-10, 1st fly); Ryan Tanakit (11-12, 1st fly); Kyle Quock (11-12, 1st IM).
Barracuda Alyssa Tanakit should be commended in improving her individual medley (IM) standing from 7th place to 5th place in the last 3 meets.

In their first dual meet against, the San Leandro Drowning Darryls, EBSL runners-up, Mission Valley won with a score of 633:377. The 8 & under boys and girls won their medley relay and they went on to win 16 of the 18 relay events. The 8 & under boys placed first in all individual events. The 9-10 boys too, came in first place in all 4 individual events. Not to be outdone by their younger teammates, the 11/12 girls and boys and the 15 - 18 girls and boys too captured the first place in all of their events.

In their second meet against the Warm Springs Gators, the Barracudas again led with a score of 702.5 : 342.5. In this meet they won 19 of the 20 relay events. However in the individual events only the 13-14 and 15-18 boys made a sweep of the first places in all 5 of their events.

In this meet the following Warm Springs Gators secured first place in their individual events - Andrew Leung (6 & under boys, freestyle); Ryan Lovejoy (6 & under boys, freestyle, back); Mikey Parissenti (9/10 boys, freestyle, breast); Katie Lovejoy (9-10 girls, back stroke); Megan Scully (11-12 girls, back stroke); Heather Clark (13-14 girls, back stroke) and Emily Clark (15-18 girls, back stroke). The Warm Springs Gators ended their third meet on June 19th with a win against Kennedy 651 : 388.

The Barracudas also ended their third meet with a win over Mission Highlands and having a score of 684:348. The meet started with a loss of the first place in the 6 & under Medley relay but the team went on to capture 15 of the 20 first places in the relay events. In the individual events the 8 & under and the 9-10 boys and girls captured all the first places in the four events that they swam while the 11-12 and 15-18 girls captured first places in all five of their scheduled events. The Barracudas will be swimming against the Glenmoor Sting Rays on Saturday June 26th at the Glenmoor pool.

Send swim meet results and information about your swimmers to, attn: Praveena Raman to be included in the next EBSL article.

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