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June 29, 2012 > Newark Bluefins Swim to Victory

Newark Bluefins Swim to Victory

Submitted By Candy Alcosiba

The Newark Bluefins dove to success on Saturday, June 2, winning their first meet of the season against the Bay Area Dolphins with a victory, 687 to 387. This year marks the sixteenth year for the Bluefin team, and they are determined to make it their best. As each year goes by, they inch their way a little closer to the coveted first place position in the East Bay Swim League (EBSL), and are determined to achieve that goal this year.

With a group of phenomenal swimmers dominating the water, they appear to be unstoppable and the team as a whole has big hopes for the season. "I think we really have a shot at taking first place this year." Kevin Alcosiba a 9-year veteran of the team said. The Bluefins are known for smashing their own records and Saturday's meet was no exception. Starting the season with a bang, the girl's 15-18 free relay team of Angela Longarini, Kristin Schmit, Allison Garret, and Tory Gerome, broke their own record and the girls are confident that this is just the beginning for the unstoppable relay team.

But that wasn't the only success, another record was broken by the 11-12 girls 200 free relay a team including Emily Loaisiga, Jennifer Wang, Fiara Llagano, Caitlyn Jackson; knowing the drive of the team, this record will soon be broken as well because the determined girls are committed to breaking this record yet again before the season is out.

And although they recently lost their June 9 meet to the Chabot Marlins by just three points - which they attribute to the absence of several graduating teammates - they still managed to achieve several personal records and are confident they will be victorious at championships. With seasoned veterans Trinity Gerome, Veronica Navarro, Rachel Schultz, Kyle Alcosiba, Shelby Ortiz, and younger veterans, including Jacob, Crosby, Sebastian Gonzalez and Kalina Montgomery, to name just a few of the team's outstanding swimmers, first place is definitely their destiny.

With a 1-1 record, the team felt confident going into their meet against Kennedy Seals on June 16, and thanks to amazing dominating races, and more broken records, the team won by over 70 points - an exciting victory for the Bluefin family. And this time, it was the 15-18 boys' relay team that broke their team record. Adam Garret, butterfly leg for the medley team was determined to make that happen, and thanks to his determination and the rest of the team, back stroke leg Sean Tillman, breast stroke leg Kenny Alcosiba, and free style leg, Albert Lee they achieved their goal.

The level of commitment and their dedication is contagious. "It's inspiring to see all of the swimmers working hard each day in practice." Head coach Gordon Crosby said. "That kind of work really shows itself when we have meets like we did."

So what is to be expected this Bluefin season? Ultimately, they are working toward snatching that first place position in the EBSL championships at the end of July. How will they do it? By continuing to do what they always do, work hard, push themselves and watch their times drop regularly. Look out EBSL, Bluefins are swimming for gold!

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