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July 20, 2010 > Seals are stunning against Bluefins

Seals are stunning against Bluefins

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

Saturday, July 17, was the Seals last 2010 home meet against one of the East Bay Swim League's toughest competitors - the Newark Bluefins. The Seals spirit theme was "Christmas in July". The pool deck was decorated with shiny garland, celebratory posters, a purple Seal Christmas tree, and even a visit from Santa Claus.

Since 1998 the Seals have come up short against Newark but on Saturday, the Seals refused to lose and outscored the Bluefins 559 to 489, ending the 12-year losing streak.

"The swimmers were cheering for their teammates nonstop and when the final score was announced, they went crazy with excitement," said ecstatic coach Ray Murphey. "These kids knew it was going to be a good meet and they came together when it counted."

Many of the Seal swimmers hit personal bests. Matthew Lee was magnificent breaking a longstanding 50 yard butterfly record with a 26.66. Virginia Xie received four blue ribbons sweeping all of her events. Madison Alexander dropped four seconds off her breaststroke and Emily Rozul dropped two seconds off her butterfly - which puts her one second away from beating the U-8 girls team record.

"This team is stunning," said Murphey. "I have been impressed every week with their swims, but most impressive is the bond this team has. This victory belongs to the swimmers who put in a lot of work to improve. The heart these kids have to be their very best is what makes me proud to wear purple."

It's only appropriate to end with the following from Chris Van Allsburg's "The Polar Express:" "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe."

The Seals, with their 5-1 record, swim their final regular season meet on Saturday, July 24, against Washington Manor.

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