Taz celebrates exceptional season
The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team concluded the 2014 season with its annual Awards Night Picnic on Tuesday, July 29, during which the Taz Board of Directors recognized all swimmers for outstanding personal and team accomplishments on the season and at the Suburban Swim League championship meet.
“I was very proud of the team and our win at Champs this year,” said Taz president Brett Jones at the Bertlesen Park event. “Over 6,000 points were scored by all teams at Champs, and only seven points separated us from the second place Granite Bay Gators. It’s the narrowest win ever!”
The SSL Championship Meet results are as follows: El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils, 1209.5; Granite Bay Gators, 1202.5; Park Terrace Penguins, 1105; Broadstone Barracudas, 797.5; Sierra Sharks Swim Team, 771; College Greens Gators, 482; Loomis Basin Dolphins, 442.5; Folsom Sea Otters, 327.
“We have all of our swimmers to thank, and especially our 6 and under group,” Jones added. “They dominated the meet! They don’t swim all events, and yet earned 124 points for our team. The next closet 6 and under team at Champs this year scored just 43.5 points. We also have our 9-10s to thank big time. We were down 1.5 points on Sunday and the 9-10s brought us back. The 9-10 boys and girls scored 303 points.”
Jones also recognized 10-year-old Patrick Sammon. “Patrick won every event he swam this year at Champs,” Jones said.
Not only is Sammon the high point scorer of the 9-10 boys with 55 points, but he shares a three-way tie with Cole Huntley, 12, of the Broadstone Barracudas and Keenan Koukol, 16, of the Granite Bay Gators as high point scorer of the entire meet. Sammon holds seven Taz team records and 4 league records.
“Trevor Dong is another athlete with a terrific season. Trevor broke four team records at Champs — the 100-yard free, 100-yard back, 50-yard fly and 100-yard IM,” Jones continued. Dong, 18, now holds nine team records and was the Champs top point scorer for 17-18 boys.
“I’d also like to mention Morgan Jones for having an outstanding year. With 44 points, Morgan was the top point scorer of the 15-16 girls at Champs this year,” Jones said. “She also set a league record on Saturday in the 100-yard free and, now with a total of 16, holds the most team records in history.”
The following Taz athletes are distinguished for being top team point scorers at the SSL championship meet which took place July 25-27 at Sierra College in Rocklin: Katie Tadayeski, 18 points, 6 and under girls; Calahan McColley, 20 points, 6 and under boys; Kate Goff, 12 points, 7-8 girls; Bryce Williams, 11 points, 7-8 boys; Alexis MacKie, 44 points, 9-10 girls; Patrick Sammon, 55 points, 9-10 boys; Catherine Wismar, 12 points, 11-12 girls; Curtis Seabourne, 41 points, 11-12 boys; Payton Valencia, 25 points, 13-14 girls; Nicholas Grinnell, 41 points, 13-14 boys; Morgan Jones, 44 points, 15-16 girls; Will Kirk, 42 points, 15-16 boys; Sam Sruba, 35.5 points, 17-18 girls; Trevor Dong, 44 points, 17-18 boys.
Awards Night is also an opportunity for the Taz board to name its scholarship recipients.
“This year, we have renamed our Taz scholarship ‘The Malaney Scholarship’ after the Michael and Sandy Malaney family. The contribution they’ve made for our team through the snack bar is significant and this is one way that we can honor their generosity in a meaningful and ongoing way,” Jones said.
Each receiving the $1,000 Malaney Scholarship are Taz swimmers and 2014 Oak Ridge High School graduates Trevor Dong, Ashley Abraham, Sonia Chimni, Cailin Navickas, Sam Sruba and Jerry Chen. Scholarship selections are based on what is called “Caesar” qualities as espoused by the El Dorado Hills swim organization: leadership, academic and athletic attendance, courage, humor, noble sportsmanship, exemplary attitude and a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout all four high school years.
“Congratulations to our scholarship recipients,” Jones said. “I remember many of you as younger swimmers. It’s tough seeing these kids graduate out. Many times, it’s not just losing a swimmer but it’s saying goodbye to an entire family that’s been on the deck for years. You all had a great season and will do great things in college; you are a remarkable group of kids.”
Head coach Marc Brown also addressed the Taz crowd, saying, “As the Taz season comes to a close, I want to congratulate all of the swimmers on a great season. You all swam hard and we accomplished so much. I have to thank the board, the parents and families and, of course, the swimmers for supporting me in my first year as head coach. I couldn’t have done this without you and we certainly couldn’t have achieved all that we did. I really look forward to next year!”
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