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August 9, 2011 > Seals have solid run at championships

Seals have solid run at championships

Submitted By Tracy Uyeda

After finishing the East Bay Swim League regular season at 5-2, the Seals Swim Team capped off the 2011 year with a solid sixth-place finish at the EBSL Championships on Saturday, July 30, at Chabot College in Hayward.

This placement is significant because next year, the EBSL is modifying the league rules. Currently, teams are divided by geographic location (North and South divisions) and during the regular season the teams swim primarily against the teams in their division. In 2012, the match-ups will change, with divisions being eliminated and the league separated by previous season EBSL Championships: top six and bottom six, leading to improved competition throughout the regular season.

Seals coaches are very proud of all of the swimmers. "It was an exciting meet and I'm very proud of all the swimmers and their performances," stated Desiree Fasolis. Head coach Robb Herndon sincerely echoed her comments: "I am very proud of the Seal swimmers for the hard work they put in this season. I am looking forward to next year."

The Seals swam strong at EBSL, capturing 15 medals and Matthew Lee also set a new EBSL record in the 13-14 boys 50 yard butterfly. Jaime Kennerk was recognized as the winner of the championships program cover contest. Her winning entry was chosen by the judges and was the front cover design for the event program.

Receiving gold medals for the Seals were Shannon Grant (free), Matthew Lee (back, fly and IM) and Grant Myers (free, back and fly); Kyra Vickery (free), Caitlin Jorgens (breast), Eric Jorgens (IM) and the team of Matt Lee, Marvin Li, Grayson Granzella and Eric Jorgens (medley) received silver medals; and earning bronze medals were Jorgens (free, breast), the team of Emely Gutierrez, Geralyn Moore, Rachael Taylor and Virginia Xie (medley relay), the team of Gabby Bermudez, Shannon Grant, Abby Harrison and Caitlin Jorgens (medley relay) and the team of Nicholas Leong, Luc Mercado, Drake Moore and Grant Myers (free relay).

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