Seals News You Can Use: May 20 Edition

Candace Murphy

Dear Seals Families!

As always, news you can use to fuel your swimming week! Without further ado:

Swim-a-Thon Reminder. We are a little over half-way to meeting our fundraising goal. Collect on those pledges! Swimmers can hand in checks to the coaches during practice, or you can also pay online with a credit card. 

Memorial Day Parade. Come march with the Seals in the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade! Details coming soon! 

Photo Day. Photo Day is June 8 at Tam before our dual meet. We will also be announcing and awarding Swim-a-Thon prizes. Don’t miss it!

Champs Are Coming! Champs Are Coming! Unbelievable, but true ... The Marin Swim League Championship is sneaking up on us. Mark June 29 on your calendar to swim fast! Also mark down June 30 for our season-ending Seals banquet, 5-8pm. 

Marinwood Dual Meet Write-Up. Well, we all, miraculously, survived that rainy, rainy meet Saturday. Many thanks for all the kids and parents that gutted it out either swimming or volunteering! And the inspired rain-themed soundtrack to the day was second-to-none! Here’s a brief write up of what went down:

  On a cold, blustery and soggy day Saturday, the Strawberry Seals bested the Marinwood Waterdevils 348-212 at the Tamalpais High School Pool.

  The action started off quickly, with the Seals wresting almost every medley relay title from the Waterdevils, losing only the 15-18 mixed medley to Marinwood. Despite the drenched and chilly conditions, most competitors remained at the meet until the bitter end, with Marinwood faring slightly better in the freestyle relays, winning the 11-12 and 15-18 mixed freestyle relays, while the Seals picked up wins in all the other age groups.

  Best times were the anomaly at the meet, but not impossible. Notable improvements came from the Seals’ 13-14 girl Gabby Plonowski, who dropped a half a second off her 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke times; Marinwood’s 9-10 girl Matilda Lister, who dropped a second and a half off her 50 backstroke; the Seals’ 9-10 boy Elliott Kruger, who dropped over two seconds off his 50 breaststroke time; the Seals’ 8-and-under boy Rory Murphy, who shaved four seconds off his 25 fly time; and the Seals’ Vinny Abbenante, who dropped over 5 seconds off his 100 individual medley time.

  Triple winners were out in force as well Saturday, with Amelia Loedolff (Seals 8-and-under girl), Raymond Cao (Seals 8-and-under boy), Miron Gridin (Seals 9-10 boy), Addison Everage (Seals 11-12 girl), Ewan Smith (Seals 11-12 boy), Plonowski (Seals 13-14 girl), Marre Gattnar (Seals 13-14 boy) and Reece Foehr (Marinwood 15-18 boy) each capturing three wins in individual events.

  The Seals next face Swimarin June 1 at the San Rafael High School swimming pool.