By Mike McIntee
The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils defeated the visiting College Greens Gators to raise their record to 2-0.
The Taz entered the day having beaten the Loomis Basin Dolphins. The June opening day meet was marked by a steady rainfall.
“Nobody can remember a meet in which it rained,” said Taz Vice President Jack Peterson of the opener. “That one will go down in history as ‘the rain meet’.”
The victories are the first for Taz Head Coach Jason Brown, who said, “I’m really proud of the kids, especially how they remained focused in the rain. It was cold that day, but the kids did great. It’s always great to get a win on opening day.”
The Taz were pressed early by the visiting Dolphins, who grabbed a 112-93 lead after the medley relay series. But El Dorado Hills recovered in the short freestyle events to take a 10 point lead, which they steadily built to the final margin of 453-421. Hannah Bensman, 17, led all scorers on the women’s side with 20 points. Bensman won the 100 IM in 1:08.63 and the 100 Free in 1:03.18.
Nicholas Grinnell, 11, earned the Taz’ first victory of the season in the 11-12 Boys 100-yard IM. Kate McIntee won the Taz’ closest individual race of the day in the 50-yard butterfly. McIntee, 13, hit the pad in a personal best 32.21, six one-hundreths of a second ahead of Dolphins ace Amanda Baker. Both McIntee and Baker finished with 13 points.
EDH’s Brooke Davidson, Jillian Trimarche, Samantha Torres and Sofia Valencia led a points sweep in the 6 and Under girls division. Patrick Sammon, 7, continued his winning streak from 2010, sweeping all three of his events. Sammon and Christopher Sanborn led the Taz men with 15 points each.
Both the Taz and College Greens Gators enjoyed a much nicer day for swimming. With sunshine and temparatures in the mid eighties, the Taz defeated the visiting Gators 592-235. The meet was the 46th renewal of the friendly competition between the clubs that first began swimming in 1966. Chloe King led off with a victory in the first event — the 9-10 Girls 100 IM, finishing in 1:32.05. The Taz never looked back.
The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils celebrated the victory and the head coach’s birthday by dunking Brown in the pool after the meet.
“Our swimmers are really improving,” said Brown. “It’s important to make progress each week, each day. We’ve been working hard on the details, such as starts and turns, and today the kids really showed improvement. We’re excited about where we are at this point in the season.”
Brown is the first Taz coach since Carl Boyd to debut at 2-0.
The Gators’ Morgan McClure, the reigning high-point women’s champion, led all scorers with 23 points. The Taz’ Eric Rohrer, 16, and Sanborn, 13, led all men with 18 points. Zoe Moestopo, 8, Sammon, Chloe King, Allison Pryor, 12, and Hannah Bensman finished with 15 points to lead their age groups.
Next week the Taz face off the defending VFCAL champion Granite Bay Gators. Granite Bay enters with a record of 1-0-1. The Gators joined the Suburban Swim League in January 2011. The meet will be the first on the road this season for the Taz, who travel to Granite Bay High School for their inaugural meeting with Granite Bay.