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Dan Gossage honored as prep athlete of the week

 
Rancho Cotate senior Dan Gossage can't remember when he wasn't swimming.  Gossage heads into this weekend's North Bay League championships with his sights set on winning two individual races he's allowed to enter.

He won both -- the 50-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly -- last week in an NBL meet against Ukiah.

"I've tried about every sport -- baseball, soccer and football -- but I've always stuck with swimming," Gossage, 18, said. "It was something I was good at."

Gossage swims for the Santa Rosa Neptunes and two months ago finished 10th in the 100 fly in the Speedo championships at Mission Viejo. The winner of the race was a former Olympic gold medalist.

"I guess I'm winding down as far as competitive swimming," said Gossage, who has swam club since he was 7 and been on the Rancho varsity since he was a freshman.

Gossage is looking forward to the NBL championships and the North Coast Section meet. Last year, Gossage won the consolation race (eighth overall) in the 100 fly at NCS. He feels he can do much better this year.

"Dan is really powerful and amazing underwater," said Rancho coach Tim Little. He said that Gossage can cover much of the pool after kicking off on a turn. "I think he can finish in the top three at NCS."

Gossage is considering joining the Coast Guard, where he can put his swimming expertise to good use.