The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils recently hosted two events at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pool, both significant occasions for launching a victorious season.
The TAZ held its annual Mock Meet on Saturday, May 18. Unlike other swim meets where another Suburban Swim League team is the opponent, the Mock Meet is for TAZ swimmers only, getting athletes used to the typical meet format. Individual swimmers earn official time trials for the swim events written into regular meets.
“Today we get the swimmers out to set their times. From there, we can find the points for where we need to make improvements,” said TAZ head coach Jason Brown.
“It’s going great,” he commented mid-morning. “This year, we divided TAZ swimmers into two teams: the Blue and the Gold. We wanted to get some competitiveness going.”
And that competitiveness emerged. Morgan Jones set not one, but two club records at the Mock Meet. She now owns the 15-16 Girls 50 Free and 100 Free TAZ team records.
The TAZ hosted Buddy Night on Wednesday evening, May 15.
“The purpose of Buddy Night is to match up young swimmers with the older swimmers so they get to know and support one another. This year we moved Buddy Night up much earlier in the season, and it was hosted poolside so the athletes could swim together,” explained TAZ President Brett Jones. “I don’t know if Buddy Night is unique to the TAZ organization, but it was started by veteran TAZ parent Kelly Costamagna.”
According to Costamagna, Buddy Night began in 1988 and used to be a sleepover with midnight pizza and a pancake breakfast.
The tradition of TAZ Buddy Night can be attributed to bringing together new friends and mentors, and Saturday morning’s Mock Meet began with buddy introductions. Announced Tom Sharp, voice of the TAZ, “I’d like you to meet TAZ’s oldest girl athlete Amanda Jones, age 18, along with TAZ’s youngest girl athlete McKenna Michelin, age 4; TAZ’s oldest boy swimmer Eric Rohrer, age 18, and TAZ’s youngest boy Trenton Randall, age 4.”
The Tasmanian Devils Swim Team has two weeks of daily practice sessions to prepare for the season opener on Saturday, June 1, where they will host the Granite Bay Gators. The Gators joined the SSL in December 2010, and on June 1 the TAZ will swim for a third consecutive win against the team.