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August 7, 2012 > Not Too Shabby - Seals take 7th place

Not Too Shabby - Seals take 7th place

By Tracy Uyeda

The Seals Swim Team ended their 2-5 regular season with a solid 7th place finish at the EBSL championships held Saturday, July 28. Seals swimmer, Gabby Bermudez accepted the award for the Seals and promptly posted the award plaque onto the Seals Facebook page - commenting, "7th place, not too shabby!" Seals coaches Robb Herndon, Desiree Fasolis, Breana Meagher, Zach Lewellyn, and Caitlin Jorgens were all pleased with the finish and look forward to next season. Head Coach Robb Herndon is thankful to all of the swimmers and families for the work, dedication and commitment to the team - he is very proud to coach this great group.

As they have done all season, the Seals had many great swims and were strong at EBSL - capturing 21 medals. Jaime Kennerk earned a three-peat winning the championships program cover contest. Her winning entry was chosen by the judges and was the front cover design for the event program for the third year in a row. Top medal winners go to the ladies this year. Virginia Xie won medals in all of her events - two of them gold. Her attention to the little things and intense practice sessions paid off as she also owns team records in the 11-12 girls back, fly, and IM. Kyra Vickery medaled in three of her events including gold and a team record in the 8 and under girls free.

At the conclusion of the meet, a very long day, the team proudly brought home a 7th place finish, won a fair share of medals, swam countless personal bests, and even broke a few team records. However, what I think the team will remember most are not the medals or trophies. What will be remembered are the genuine friendships, camaraderie, and smiles that will forever be gold in the hearts and minds of the entire Seals family.

Seals EBSL medal winners:

Kyra Vickery (Free)
Jessica Amaral (Free)
Virginia Xie (Fly and IM)
Hamaseh Pourhamseh (Fly)
Emely Gutierrez, Kylie Huynh, Hamaseh Pourhamseh, Jessica Amaral (Free Relay)

Kyra Vickery (Back)
Virginia Xie (Back)
Hamaseh Pourhamseh (Back)
Kyra Vickery, Kelly Ohata, Hoangkhanh Nguyen, Mikaela Lin (Free Relay)

David Taylor (Back)
Kayla Hirsch, Mikayla Lee, Virginia Xie, Mercedes Reichel (Medley Relay)

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