The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils Swim Team positioned themselves one step closer to achieving a perfect season record as they defeated the Loomis Basin Dolphins on Saturday, June 28, at Del Oro High School. The final score was 650-138.
Top Taz point scorers of the day were as follows: Katie Tadayeski, 10 points, 6 and under girls; Callahan McColley, 8 points, 6 and under boys; Alena Tadayeski, 10 points, 7-8 girls; Bryce Williams, 15 points, 7-8 boys; Alexis MacKie, 15 points, 9-10 girls; Patrick Sammon, 15 points, 9-10 boys; Catherine Wismar, 15 points, 11-12 girls; Curtis Seabourne, 15 points, 11-12 boys; Annalise Mullert, 15 points, 13-14 girls; Terry Chen, 13 points, 13-14 boys; Sam Sruba, 13 points, 15-18 girls; Trevor Dong, 15 points, 15-18 boys.
The Suburban Swim League dual meets are organized into 83 events where athletes may swim backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle to compete both individually and as part of relay teams. Teams strive to earn 5, 3, or 1 points respectively, and only by the top three swimmers in each event.
Last season, the Taz board of directors, along with the coaching committee, designed an additional incentive for swimmers. Team members are now awarded blue, yellow or gold beads for achieving a personal best stroke time. Gold beads are awarded only when a time qualifies a swimmer for the Meet of Champions.
The Meet of Champions is an All-Star swim meet that brings together the top recreational/summer league swimmers from the greater Sacramento Valley Area. This year the MOC will take place Aug. 2-3 at the Charles Brooks Swim Center in Woodland.
“We have around 430 swimmers on the team, and only the top three swimmers can earn points for the team. Collecting beads on a lanyard gives all swimmers a goal and rewards their efforts,” explained assistant coach MaryBeth Brown.
JT Ross, 12, has collected 22 beads on his lanyard, with five of them being gold. “The one I’m most proud of is for the 50 yard butterfly,” he said. “My personal best time so far is 30.98.”
The Taz will continue to practice through the 4th of July holiday, and is next scheduled to swim against the College Green Gators on Saturday, July 12, in Sacramento.
The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils and the College Green Gators share a deep history. Both teams were involved in the formation of the Suburban Swim League and are the only teams that have continuously been members of the league since its inception in 1967. The Gators will come into this contest with a 4-1 record.
For more information on the Tasmanian Devils visit edhtaz.com.