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July 26, 2011 > Seals victorious by slim margin

Seals victorious by slim margin

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

On Saturday, July 23, the Seals hosted the Chabot Marlins in their final regular meet of the East Bay Swim League season. For the Seals, who pulled out a 534-507 win, the spirit theme of the meet was circus; competitive excitement and the sweet smell of freshly-spun cotton candy filled the air as these very closely matched teams went head to head.

"Have fun," "Be strong," "Prepare to be amazed" and "Hold your breath" were the messages that creative parent, Mario Maya, cleverly painted on large posters reflecting the Seals coaches disguised as circus characters. Seal swimmers took these messages to heart and battled tough to get the victory.

It was a nail biter throughout the entire meet. At the break, the Seals held a 22-point lead, 256-234. Going into the final event of the day, the freestyle relay, the Seals led by only 35 points. The age 9-10 boys relay team of Luc Mercado, Drake Moore, Nicholas Leong and Grant Myers took first in a very close race, winning by only .67 hundredths of a second. And, the 13-14 girls relay team of Michelle Vasquez-Aleman, Kylie Huynh, Katie Leong and Monica Dunn showed a gallant effort touching only .35 hundredths of a second behind the strong Marlin swimmers.

Congratulations go out to the Seals swimmers of the week Jessica Amaral, Sam Coleman, Luke Ponssen and Zoey Merkel. These swimmers achieved special recognition for exceptional performance and efforts.

Swimmers are preparing for the EBSL Championships being held on Saturday, July 30, at Chabot College. In 2010, the Seals placed third behind Mission Valley and San Leandro and hungry to be in the top two this year.

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