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June 20, 2006 > Newark vs. Highlands Sharks

Newark vs. Highlands Sharks

by Julia Harrell

Newark 547 Highlands Sharks 490

Veteran coach Frank Gygax, a familiar face on the sidelines at Highlands Swim Club, took center stage on Saturday, June 10 as swimmers and parents celebrated their mentor's 25 years with the team. Commemorative T-shirts, cheers and songs were offered for the occasion. Unfortunately this wasn't enough for the Sharks to grab hold of another win as Highlands fell to Newark.

The team did make a fine showing with a number of first-place ribbons. The younger heats took the chance to show off numerous budding talents with swimmers such as Kimberley McLaughlin, who dominated with firsts in the 9 and 10-year-old girls' 25-yard freestyle, 25 back, 25 butterfly. She also swam on the winning 100 medley relay.

Madeline David took first in the 6-under 25 free, alongside Drew Kobayashi, who conquered the field in the 6-under boys' 25 free. Brett Whaley took first in the 9-10's 25 free and swam on the winning 100 medley team as well.

Lucas Williams overwhelmed the competition with an overall of three firsts. Williams streaked to wins in the 8-under 25 back and 25 butterfly, then swam on the winning 100 free relay. Nathan Zucker pleased the crowd with wins in the 11-12's 50 breast and 100 individual medley. Chris Lemler made out well with three firsts in the 9-10's: 25 back, 25 fly, and a leg on the winning 100 medley team. Alexander Billmire took first place in the 8-under 25 breast, along with a first for his 100 free relay. Making out with an overall three firsts, long-time swimmer Megan Tannenbaum starred in the 13-14 girls' competition Saturday. She took first in the 50 back and 100 IM medley and powered the winning 200 medley team.

All in all, it was a fitting tribute to the dedication Gygax has shown for the last quarter century.

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