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August 7, 2012 > Bluefins Take Third!

Bluefins Take Third!

Submitted By Candy Alcosiba

If it were the Olympics, the Bluefins would have taken the Bronze! After an amazing season, the Newark Bluefins swim team placed third overall in the EBSL Championship meet that took place on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Finishing the meet with 4100.5 points, the Bluefins were thrilled with their victory.

The meet - which takes place every year at Chabot College in Hayward - is the largest swim meet of the year with all twelve teams competing for that same prize. Each team is allowed to bring one hundred swimmers only to the meet, which for the Bluefins, the largest team in the EBSL, means difficult decisions had to be made because the competition is fierce.

The Bluefins pulled off a third place victory thanks to the hard work, commitment and dedication of talented swimmers. Each swimmer came to do business, and that is exactly what they did.

Throughout the day, the swimmers gave one hundred and ten percent and nothing less, working tirelessly to the end. "There is no room to settle for mediocrity," said Kenny Alcosiba. "Everyone has to contribute their all." And that was the mentality of the entire team and it showed in their performances. Their enthusiasm and support for each other never faltered as they cheered with each other and celebrated one another's victories.

Even the youngest swimmers were committed to excellence; Evan Habe and Aiden Canen scored big points in the six and under 25-yard freestyle. Lulu Hutt, eight and under girls, barely missed a bronze medal in the 25-yard freestyle as well as Joey Duenas, 9-10 boys who also barely missed the bronze. Both swimmers managed to score major points for the team throughout the day. The up and coming Sarah Crosby, major point scorer for the Bluefins was also at her best swimming back-to-back events effortlessly.

Victoria Gerome, veteran Bluefin took bronze in the 15-18 fifty-yard backstroke with a time of 29.89 and Jacob Lopez finished sixth in the boys 13-14 fifty-yard backstroke scoring many points. Kayla Strand, 13-14 girls managed to pull off fifth place in the girl's 13-14 fifty-yard breaststroke. Her victory was extra sweet as she had not swum that event all season and was able to pull off one of her finest performances. The amazing and mighty duo in the girls 11-12 scored major points. Caitlyn Jackson took gold in the fifty-yard backstroke with a time of 32.46 and right behind her was Emily Losaiga who took bronze with a time of 33.36. The girls also were victorious in the 100 individual medley, with Jackson taking bronze and Loaisiga taking sixth scoring big points for the team. Fiara Llaguna, also another dominating 11-12 girl took bronze in the fifty-yard butterfly. The amazing newcomer, Leonardo Tse took silver in the boy's 11-12 butterfly with a time of 30.17. Albert Lee took eighth in the boys 15-18, fifty-yard free with a time of 23.50. Allison Garrett took sixth in the women's 15-18 individual medley with a time of 1:09.32. Kenny Alcosiba took gold in the fifty-yard breaststroke with a time of 28.77, and medaled again in the 100 individual medley earning a bronze with a time of 56.66 All these and more victories helped the team easily slide into that third place position.

The relay teams proved to be more than competitive for the other EBSL teams as well. The boys 15-18 free relay team that includes Kenny Alcosiba, Jose Gonzalez, Sean Tillman and Albert Lee took silver with a time of 1.33:43, setting a new record for the Bluefin team and the girl's 15-18 medley relay team took silver as well. The all-star team consisted of Victoria Gerome, Lindsey Schaeffer, Allison Garret and Angela Longarini.

Most all swimmers made personal records and high achievements. Tanya Dhillon and Kabir Dhillon had consistently dropped time throughout the season, and the championship meet was no exception. Conor Corcoran, Kari McMan, Jerry Quan, Daniel Myer, Trinity Gerome, Jordan and James Souza, and Neda Naveed, Caleb Crosby, Kevin Alcosiba, were also major point scorers for the team.

The Newark Bluefins, led by head coach Gordon Crosby, have been moving closer and closer to that first place victory every year. As they move up a notch and more points are scored, the team comes closer to their goal. With the leadership, amazing coaching staff and work ethic of the team, there will come a time when the EBSL championship title will belong to the Bluefins. For now, the team is savoring their third place victory.

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