June 29, 2010 > Seals Enjoy Sweet Win Against the Gators
Seals Enjoy Sweet Win Against the Gators
Submitted By Tracy Uyeda
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Saturday, June 26 started out as an overcast morning but quickly cleared to a beautiful sunny day and perfect conditions for the East Bay Swim League meet against the Kennedy Seals swim team and Warm Springs Gators.
The Gators hosted the meet in sweet fashion. As I walked onto their pool deck I felt like I was in King Kandy's castle and thought for sure I was going to bump into Mr. Mint and Princess Frostine. I was impressed by the spirited decorations including a candy castle, large lollipops, and oversized gumdrops. The Seals entered this meet with a 2 -1 record with high hopes to improve it with another win.
Swimming in an opponent's pool is always a challenge for swimmers and during the early morning warm ups Seal swimmers did their best to quickly get acclimated and adjust to the conditions. Swimmer Tyler Costa commented, "I feel good swimming, but I think my times are slower." But, this didn't stop the Seals from swimming competitively.
The Seals defeated the Gators and improved their season record to 3-1. Severin Magsanay and Sophia Xing went undefeated in all their events. And, the small but mighty 8-and-under girls showed up big against the Gators scoring the most points for the team.
Swimmers continue to impress the Seals coaches as they keep achieving new personal records and improve stroke technique. Emily Gutierrez dropped seven seconds in butterfly and five seconds in freestyle; Steven English dropped eight seconds in his Individual Medley; Gigi Davis dropped four seconds in freestyle; and Katlyn Farmer dropped three seconds in breast stroke.
Emily Rozul's butterfly technique was amazing and caught the attention of many of the spectators. Seals head coach Ray Murphey says, "People on the side lines were in awe of her stroke."
In observation of Fourth of July, the Seals will take next weekend off. Their next meet will be against a closely matched Highland Sharks team on Saturday, July 10.