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June 26, 2007 > East Bay Swim League 2007: Cudas on a rampage

East Bay Swim League 2007: Cudas on a rampage

By Praveena Raman
Photos By Venkat Raman

Mission Valley Barracudas (Cudas) one of Fremont's five swim teams in the East Bay Swim League (EBSL), started the season with four straight wins. The Cudas won 625.5:414.5 against the Washington Manor Dolphins (San Leandro) on June 2, 658:384 against Mission Highland Sharks (Fremont) on June 9, 596:449 against the Glenmoor Stingrays (Fremont) on June 16 and 574.5:469.5 against the Newark Bluefins on June 23.

Every year the Cudas start the season wondering if they will be able to sustain the winning streak in dual meets that they have had since 1998 and so far they have kept it up. Every year in mid April Head Coach Don who has been with the team for more than thirteen years together with his colleagues start preparing the swimmers for the season. The preparation by the coaches assisted by devoted parent volunteers consists of not only physical conditioning but also mental conditioning to do their best every time they swim with a liberal dose of having the most fun they can while swimming their hearts out.

Hannah Scobel and her siblings have been part of the swim team for most of their young lives. They have also been very strong competitive swimmers placing within the top three in most of their events. Until this year, Hannah only had to worry about beating the competition and also besting her team mates including her best friend Hannah Imhof. This year, having moved up to the 15-18 age group, she also competes with her sister Annie. For most of the meets, the sisters have been swimming different events but the Highland meet was a lot of fun for the parent audience as they excitedly watched a few events where the Scobel sisters competed for the first place. When asked how it felt competing against each other they grinned and said in unison "It is fine. We are getting used to it as we also competed this year in the Mission San Jose High School team. We are still best friends and wish the best for each other." Hannah added, "I really prefer if Annie gets first place as this is her last year on the team. I have a few more years to go." Besides the siblings the Scobel parents have a lot of fun too. At the Crazy Hat Day meet against Newark Bluefins, leprechaun Pete Scobel was seen selling the famous "Barracuda Bucks."

The following swimmers were seeded for the following events in all the four meets and have consistently placed first:
Freestyle: Girls: Bethany Wu (7-8); Boys: Emil Graversen (9-10), Bryce Mclaggan (11-12), David Grimm (15-18).
Back Stroke: Girls: Claire Mclaggan (11-12)
Breast Stroke: Girls: Bethany Hung (9-10); Boys: Joshua Chan (8 & Under).
Butterfly: Girls: Juliana McCuaig (9-10); Boys: Emil Graversen (9-10)
In the Individual Medley (IM) which is a very taxing event newcomer Anjuli Sandhu had improved by more than 10 seconds in the 11-12 age group and Emily Bean had improved by more than 8 seconds in the 13-14 age group.

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