Taz maintain perfect record
It was an eventful week for the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team. Despite a demanding schedule, the Taz defeated the Sierra Sharks on June 7 at the Cameron Park Community Services District swimming pool. The final score was 498-291.
“This week we are stacking yards. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, every single day the swimmers are conditioning. We want to make sure they’re ready for Park Terrace in a few weeks,” head coach Marc Brown explained. “Because of Buddy Night, there’s no practice on Friday so we’ve got to swim everything in four days.”
Rather than practice on Friday, the entire Taz team showed up for the annual Buddy Night tradition. Older swimmers were paired with younger swimmers to feast on Mountain Mike’s pizza swim, and form new friendships that provide support amongst teammates and throughout the season.
Taz President Brett Jones also prepared families for the upcoming and challenging meet schedule. “Saturday, we travel up the hill to take on the Sierra Sharks. The Sharks were formed in 1993 after our Taz team split due to growth. While we have not lost to the Sharks since 2006, I can tell you our meets are always close,” he said. “Since the year 2000, the Taz has a regular season record of 83-5; four of those losses were to Park Terrace while the fifth was to Sierra.”
Saturday morning, the Taz showed up strong.
“What we have today are two competitive teams that push each other,” said Sharks head coach Dave Stoddard. “I would say we are neighboring rivals and the swimmers are here to compete and do their best. Both teams are excellent but I’m not watching the Taz swim, I’m watching for good times from my own swimmers. Taz is a good team and they make us compete better.”
Saturday, June 14, Taz will swim against arch rivals the Park Terrace Penguins.
“This is a big one. Park Terrace will travel to our pool in what promises to be a very close meet. Every year we battle it out with Park Terrace; in fact a few years ago we had a meet decided by just two points,” Jones said. “Since the year 2000 we have won Champs seven times and Park Terrace has won Champs seven times. This week at practice our swimmers will be told similar stories about our great rivalry by the coaching staff. I encourage all to attend this meet so we can take on Park Terrace in force.”
For more information on the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team visit edhtaz.org.