December 2, 2013
OSPREY NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Osprey Linnea Mack Honored as High School Athlete of the Year
On Wednesday November 20th at the SAP Center and Shark Tank, Linnea Mack received the Female High School Athlete of the Year Award for Santa Clara County, as selected by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame for 2013. The ceremony was part of the larger Hall of Fame induction as hundreds attended the gala event and dinner. While at Pioneer High School, Linnea was a 12 time HS All American and 2 time CCS Individual Champion. Linnea swam a 22.64 50 free and a 49.13 100 free to rank 5th and 6th nationally in those events amongst High School girls in 2013. Her name is now on a plaque with other High School Athlete of the Year winners from the past, prominently displayed at the SAP Center Concourse. Linnea has swum for Osprey Aquatics since she was 8 and is an excellent example of what a talented, skillful athlete can accomplish with years of hard work, toughness and perseverance. An Olympic Trials qualifier, Linnea’s under water work is some of the very best in the country and something that can set her apart for bigger things as she continues to develop in college. Linnea currently swims for the UCLA Bruins on scholarship. Congratulations Linnea, the Osprey Nation applauds you!
Osprey Zach Selfridge Accepts Swimming Scholarship from University of Pacific
Zach Selfridge has accepted a scholarship offer from UOP and signed a letter of intent to attend the school. Last year, while training with the Osprey, Zach swam for West Valley Junior College where he was a State Champion and Junior National Qualifier in the 200 free with a 1:39.1. That was a JC All American time as was Zach’s 2nd place time of 4:28.3 in the 500 free. Zach has been with the Osprey since he was 6 years old, overcoming the dread disease of hemophilia and many complications along the way. Zach was nationally ranked in the 100 meter free as a 10 year old. By the age of 14, due to complications stemming from the hemophilia, Zach was told by a doctor that his swimming career was over. Showing tremendous courage, faith and perseverance, Zach has battled through mountains of adversity for the past 12 years. At one point Zach was unable to train seriously for a 20 month period in 2011-2012. Starting back up in January 2013 Zach’s accomplishments are just sort of miraculous, and can be attributed to his toughness, talent, superior stroke mechanics and ability to train effectively on a daily basis. Zach is currently coaching the Bronze group for the Osprey, swimming in the Sr. group and attending West Valley. Congratulations Zach, the Osprey Nation salutes you!
Osprey Rachel Vaughn Hulbert Makes UCSB Water Polo Team
Rachel Vaughn Hulbert, who has swum for the Osprey since she was 7, has made the UCSB Women’s Water Polo Team as a walk on. Rachel is an excellent athlete, strong, smart and fast in the water. Last year swimming in the Varsity Group with Coach Oliver and playing water polo, Rachel was a CCS Consolation Finalist for Willow Glenn High School, going 53.4 in her 100 freestyle. While a very talented swimmer, Rachel chose to focus on water polo in HS, even as she continued to swim for the Osprey. Rachel was the League MVP for water polo her senior year and the only walk on to make the Women’s Water Polo Team at University of California Santa Barbara this year. Congratulations Rachel, the Osprey Nation is proud of you!