June 19, 2012 > Seals Lose By a Fin
Seals Lose By a Fin
Submitted By Tracy Uyeda
On Saturday, June 16, the Seals had their first official home meet against the Newark Bluefins. Competition between these swim clubs has been close over the past few years; the Seals defeated the Bluefins in 2010 by only 70 points and had a very disappointing defeat - losing by only 14 points last year. This season proved to be no exception. Perhaps it was the excitement of the team's first home meet, the start of summer vacation, the anticipation of a tough meet - but once again, there was a positive competitive vibe circling the entire pool deck.
Seals coaches gathered the swimmers and provided words of encouragement for the meet ahead. Head Coach Robb Herndon enthusiastically asked the team, "Are you ready to swim?!" and the team responded with a roaring "YES!" Also recognized were the Seal swimmers of the week Chanan Lavi, Mikaela Lin, Joshua Airth, and Nikole Estrada.
From the first splash - the meet was tight with scores differing by no more than 20 points most of the way. Midway through the backstroke events - the Bluefins were ahead 245-247 and at the break - the score was 255 - 269 with the Bluefins up by a mere 14 points. "We have a race!" chimes the Seals announcer. Also during the break the Seals acknowledged former Seals swimmers - Caitlin Jorgens, Matthew Lee, and Grant Myers. These former swimmers were awarded iPod's for breaking team records in 2011.
In the end, the Seals came up short this year losing the meet 504 - 576 but despite the Seals loss, the team coaches couldn't have been more proud of team efforts. "The team swam really well today; we knew the score was close which made everyone swim and try even harder," commented Assistant Coach and former Seals swimmer Caitlin Jorgens. Zach Lewellyn, another Assistant Coach and former Seals swimmer echoed Caitlin's words and stated "The team swam their best and I am pleased with the performances." The Seals season record is now 1 - 2 and the team looks forward to their next meet against the Highlands Sharks.
Many Seal swimmers had outstanding performances this week, placing first in their events.
Boys: 8 + Under Medley Relay (Christopher Barrera, Luke Ponssen, Jonathan Taylor, Chanan Lavi), 9/10 Medley Relay (Jacob Walker, Nicholas Leong, Tyler Uyeda, Diego Urena), 11/12 Medley Relay (Brandon Ohata, Victor He, Joey Fraticelli, Kyle Vickery), 13/14 Medley Relay (Patrick O'Sullivian, Marvin Li, Severin Magsanay, Jared Hirsch), 13/14 Free (Severin Magsanay), 7/8 Back (Jordan Taylor), 9/10 Back (Nicholas Leong), 8 and Under Breast (Chanan Lavi), 13/14 Breast (Marvin Li), 8 and Under Fly (Jonathan Taylor), 9/10 Fly (Nicholas Leong), 13/14 Fly (Severin Magsanay), 13/14 IM (Severin Magsanay), 8 and Under Free Relay (Luke Ponssen, Jordan Taylor, Jake Farmer, Chanan Lavi), 13/14 Boys Free Relay (Patrick O'Sullivan, Thomas Poniatowski, Jared Hirsch, Matthew Spallas).
Girls: 9/10 Medley Relay (Alicia Cardenas, Sophia He, Emily Rozul, Katelyn Farmer), 13/14 Medley Relay (Jessica Amaral, Katie Leong, Katelynn Malpede, Hamaseh Pourhamseh), 6 and Under Free (Bethany Kiang), 7/8 Free (Kyra Vickery), 13/14 Free (Jessica Amaral), 6 and Under Back (Lucina Tonoyan), 7/8 Back (Kyra Vickery), 11/12 Back (Virginia Xie), 13/14 Back (Hamaseh Pourhamseh), 13/14 Fly (Hamaseh Pourhamseh), 11/12 IM (Virginia Xie), 13/14 IM (Jessica Amaral), 8 and Under Free Relay (Kyra Vickery, Kelly Ohata, Noangkhanh Nguyen, Mikaela Lin), 11/12 Free Relay (Mercedes Reichel, Rachelle Moran, Kayla Hirsch, Mikayla Lee), 13/14 Free Relay (Emely Gutierrez, Katie Leong, Hamaseh Pourhamseh, Jessica Amaral).