Team Folsom Hills Special Olympians, above, swam with the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils this past weekend — a warm up for the Summer Games in Davis beginning this Friday. Courtesy photo


Taz breaks Barracudas, swims alongside Special Olympians

By From page A6 | June 25, 2014

Saturday, June 21, was an extraordinary meet for the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team. Taz defeated the Broadstone Barracudas 479-310, advancing into Week 5 of the Suburban Swim League as the only team with perfect a 4-0 record.

Katie Tadayeski, 6, established a new team record during Event 42, the Girls 6 and Under 25-yard backstroke. Katie’s time of 20.62 will prominently stand in place of the previous 22.10 record set by Claire Tomaszewski in 2009.

Trevor Dong, 18, also swam a momentous meet. The top point scorer on the 15-18 boys team, Trevor narrowly missed setting a club record during Event 31, the 15-18 boys 50-yard freestyle. Trevor’s 22.28 swim fell shy of former teammate Josh Verner’s time of 22.21 set in 2013.

Top Devil point scorers of the day include: Katie Tadayeski, 10 points, girls 6 and under; Calahan McColley, 10 points, boys 6 and under; Rylee McColley, 9 points, 7-8 girls; Bryce Williams, 4 points, 7-8 boys; Alexis MacKie, 15 points, 9-10 girls; Patrick Sammon, 13 points, 9-10 boys; Catherine Wismar, 9 points, 11-12 girls; Curtis Seabourne 11 points, 11-12 boys; Payton Valencia, 11 points, 13-14 girls; Everett Forbes, 13 points, 13-14 boys; Morgan Jones, 13 points, 15-18 girls; Trevor Dong, 15 points, 15-18 boys.

The Tasmanian Devils also welcomed Team Folsom Hills Special Olympians to participate in a swim exhibition which took place halfway through Saturday’s contest. The event marked the sixth year that both teams have swam the exhibition races together, and represents an extraordinary partnership between the Taz and Team Folsom Hills.

Individual heats showcasing the Special Olympians and integrated relays combining Team Folsom Hills and Taz swimmers were excellent preparation activities for Team Folsom Hills as they head to the Northern California Special Olympic Summer Games in Davis, this weekend, June 27-29.

“We have 12 swimmers that are going to be swimming in the Special Olympic Summer Games at UC Davis,” said head coach Heidi Matlack. “The athletes that are swimming today are practicing for the big event. They’re excited to compete, but they’re also excited to stay and eat in the dorms!”

Folsom Hills Special Olympics began with three athletes in 2004. Today, more than 120 athletes benefit from the opportunities provided by the team, which offers training and competition in swimming, basketball, bocce, softball, golf, power lifting, bowling and track and field.

For each sport, athletes train for two months and participate in organized competitions against other teams in the greater Sacramento region. The highlight of the competition schedule each year is the Summer Games, in which teams from all over Northern California convene at UC Davis for a weekend of intense play.

Team Folsom Hills will send more than 30 athletes to compete in swimming, track and field, and other sports. The Summer Games is an event open to the public.

Taz travels this weekend to swim against the Loomis Basin Dolphins in the hopes of maintaining a perfect season record. For more information on the El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils visit


Patty Pope


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