The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team claimed first place at the Suburban Swim League Championship Meet this past weekend at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Taz led the league with a perfect regular season record of 7-0, while three league teams followed in a tie for second place.
“The Granite Bay Gators, the Broadstone Barracudas and the Park Terrace Penguins have all claimed second place on the regular season, making this a very unique Champs situation,” said Paul Maccoux of the Suburban Swim League. “All three teams have won and lost to different teams, so there’s nothing really to point to.”
Heading into Champs weekend, Taz swimmers practiced all week, perfecting techniques, times and rallying in tradition at the annual Taz Champs Rally and Dinner on Thursday, July 24.
“We are now undefeated three seasons in dual meets, which means we have won 21 dual meets in a row. This also brings our winning streak, including last year’s Champs, to 15 wins straight,” said Taz head coach Marc Brown during the rally.
“I know we can do this,” he continued, “but it’s going to be a close contest.”
And close it was indeed. The Taz brought home the 2014 SSL Championship trophy with a narrow advantage of just seven points.
This week, the Tasmanian Devils hosted its annual Awards Night on Tuesday, July 29, at Bertelsen Park. Awards Night is an opportunity to honor new club and league athlete records, Taz citizenship tributes, Taz scholarship recipients, volunteer awards, as well as the announcement of board election results.
This weekend, Aug. 2-3, elite Taz swimmers with qualifying times may participate in the Meet of Champions at Charles Brooks Swim Center in Woodland. Visit meetofchampions.com for event details. For more information on the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team visit edhtaz.org.