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July 3, 2012 > Bluefins Fight in Tough Waters

Bluefins Fight in Tough Waters

Submitted By Candy Alcosiba

The Newark Bluefins held their own against the Mission Valley Barracudas on Saturday, June 23. Although they ended up losing 524 to 554, the Bluefins had many successful victories throughout the day leaving the Barracudas trailing in the water. However, victory was ultimately halted by events that cost them the meet.

The Bluefins - who claimed many victories throughout the day - are no stranger to the intense competition with the Barracudas, and Saturday's meet was no exception. With many dominating events, the Bluefins gave the Barracudas a fierce competition. The swimmers showed off their expertise in the water by clinching first, second and third place position in many events.

The eleven and twelve year old girls swept the fifty-yard freestyle event leading off with Caitlin Jackson, followed closely by Emily Losaigia and completing the top three was Jennifer Wang. The girls were thrilled with their performance and their times. But it wasn't just the girls that dominated events, the fifteen-eighteen boys took the first, second and third place spots in the fifty-yard breaststroke. Kenny Alcosiba owned the first place position easily, followed another talented breast stroker, Jerry Quan. Completing the top three was Kevin Alcosiba who not only took the third place position, but also achieved a new personal record for the stroke.

And although there were not quite enough wins to clinch a win, there were many first place swimmers. Lindsey Schaeffer took first in the 15-18 fifty-yard breast and the girls 15-18 two hundred yard medley relay was easily taken by Lindsey Schaeffer, Angela Longarini, Victoria Gerome and Allison Garret - an unbeatable relay team with a continuing momentum of breaking their times. The boy's 15-18 unstoppable medley relay team has also been experiencing great success throughout the season, Sean Tillman, Kenny Alcosiba, Adam Garret and Albert Lee have dominated the event. Victoria Gerome crushed the girl's15-18 fifty yard butterfly as well as Adam Garret who place first for the boy's 15-18 fifty yard butterfly.

The Bluefin swimmers are relentless in their efforts to rule the water, they work and train extremely hard and although each swimmer is unique and has their own specialty, they all have one common denominator - to drop time. Sebastian Gonzalez who competes in the 11-12 boys group continues to push himself at each meet. "My goal is to drop time every race." Gonzalez said. And although there are events that he is not so fond of, like the 100 individual medley, he still pushes himself to perfection.

The strong team work ethic is contagious. Older swimmers give one hundred ten percent effort mirrored right down to the youngest swimmer. The team's work hard ethic has spilled over on younger newer swimmers like Ellie Todd and Shelby LaPorte. And the coaches' kids do not get a free pass; they also must rise to expectations. Veteran Jacob Crosby, son of head coach Gordon Crosby has been on the team long enough to know that nobody can slack. Everyone swims hard, stretches hard, and runs hard.

The team has fought hard for victory over the Barracudas over the past sixteen years and has narrowed the point spread significantly, even beating the team in 2009. "It was a close meet and unfortunately, we came out on the losing end of it today, but a defeat is not fatal unless it is final and you must get back up and fight again," said Head coach Gordon Crosby. Although this was an upsetting loss for the Bluefins, it is one that has motivated them to push harder for this week's meet with Highlands, another very competitive team. The team's passion and perseverance to be the absolute best will eventually prevail.

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