Tasmanian Devils dominate Otters
The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils Swim Team continued its pursuit of a perfect season by establishing a 2-0 record on Saturday, June 8. The EDH TAZ team traveled to the Folsom Aquatic Center to swim against the Folsom Sea Otters, a friendly rivalry that shares a 25 year history.
The week leading up to Saturday’s meet, TAZ head coach Jason Brown prepared swimmers on breast and butterfly strokes.
“In the beginning of the season and at this point, we are working on yardage; we’re getting the team in shape,” Brown explained. “We focus a lot on stroke education.
“I’ve reviewed the DQ (disqualified) slips from the last meet, and we’re watching for things like scissor kicks and alternating kicks,” he continued. “We also have a push-up rule. If a swimmer gives a one-hand touch, I have them get out of the pool and give me some push-ups!”
Though training for Saturday’s meet against Folsom, Brown added, the real goal is to get swimmers in shape for Champs, the Suburban Swim League Championship Meet. This culminating event of the season begins Friday afternoon, July 26, and runs through Sunday evening, July 28. At this meet, all teams in the SSL come together and swim for the League Championship.
During Saturday’s event No. 43, the boys 6 and under 25-yard backstroke, Folsom Sea Otters head coach Travis Folsom shared his enthusiasm for hosting the competition. “We are so pleased to be out here swimming TAZ,” he said. “TAZ always brings in the heat. I’ve been involved with the Sea Otter organization since I was a 5-year-old swimmer myself, and it’s always fun to be out here with TAZ. But it doesn’t end here, today. I’m looking forward to seeing them again at Champs.”
The El Dorado Hills swim team looks forward to obtaining a third win later this week when the Sierra Sharks visit the TAZ pool. June 15 will mark 20 regular season meetings between the nearby clubs. Last year the TAZ narrowly overcame the Sharks, and Saturday’s battles should prove to be just as close.