Taz sends Gators back to swamp

Kira Chavez, 16, shakes hands with a Gators opponent after the 15-18 girls 50-yard butterfly event Saturday. El Dorado Hills Taz won the meet and maintain a perfect record. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team earned a 6-0 record on the season as they defeated the College Greens Gators in Sacramento on July 12. The final score was 534-254.

The Taz shares an extensive history with the Gators, as both are the only teams in the Suburban Swim League that have been continuous participants since the league’s establishment in 1967.

“It’s very exciting to have Taz visit today. We are the two oldest teams in the league, and I see great sportsmanship as I look around,” said Gators head coach Sally Petree. “More swimmers are shaking hands after their races and everyone is smiling and being so friendly; it’s more than anything I’ve seen this year. We will have some tough competition because our team is better than we’ve ever been. The relays should be very strong today!”

As the Taz prepares to host Granite Bay this weekend, the team has its sights set on the SSL Championship Meet. Taz head coach Marc Brown has implemented a tapered practice schedule for the team.

“The idea of tapering the practice schedule is to slowly take yardage off, especially starting with the older swimmers,” Brown explained. “For example, they are currently swimming about 4,000 yards per day. They have been asked to cut out any extra-curricular activities and to drop the two-swim days so they are only hitting one practice a day. Eventually, they will be averaging 1,000 to 1,500 yards per day. This should give them the right amount of rest. The whole idea is to conserve energy for Champs.

“The compromise is that while the swimmers’ bodies are adjusting to the taper, they don’t always swim their best. Times usually drop during the weeks heading into Champs weekend,” Brown continued. “Even so, we’re doing very well today. The 11-12 girls A relay team swam its best time, but I was disappointed when they were disqualified. Other than that, it’ll be a great competition overall.”

The Devils are eager to claim a perfect season final record this weekend with a victory over the Granite Bay Gators. A win would send Taz to Champs with a 7-0 standing. The Suburban Swim League Championships Meet will be held at Sierra College in Rocklin the weekend of July 25-27.

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