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Congratulations to the 2019 graduating class of the Pleasanton Seahawks

PLS Seahawks News
Jun 15, 2019

The Seahawks are saying farewell to 12 graduating seniors this year.  These swimmers have, in many cases been swimming together for many years and are now ready to embark on the next exciting adventure as they head off to various  colleges across the Nation! 

The top row left to right we have Nick Skinner, Nick  graduated from Foothill High School  in Pleasanton and received the ‘Multilingual recognition award’ and will be heading to TCU (Texas Christian University) in the Fall.  Nick has a GPA of 3.5, he is a 5 time All American, competed in State Championships all 4 years and swam internationally at World Cup in Budapest.  

Calvin David graduated from Foothill High School with a 4.2 GPA overall.  Calvin received recognition for having a ‘4.0 and above’, received the ‘Multilingual Recognition’ and the ‘Golden State Seal Merit Diploma recipient’.  Calvin will be swimming for Cal Berkeley in the Fall.  Calvin has been a Seahawk for six years and has “met some of his best friends on this team” and has had many “awesome experiences in and out of the pool” and stated that “This team has offered me many opportunities that I am still taking advantage of”  Calvin will be competing in the 2020 Olympic Trials and has represented the Seahawks internationally at the World Cup in Singapore, Beijing and Budapest.

Tyler Lu joined the Seahawks the summer of 2013 and graduated with honors and a GPA of 4.18 from The Quarry Lane School and plans to major in economics at Brown University in the Fall.  Tyler was unanimously elected by the Quarry Lane faculty and staff to be the opening speaker at his Graduation.  Tyler stated “ In and out of the water, it has been the most amazing experience to have so much unconditional support, and to have the privilege to continue my swim journey at Brown,  Wherever life may take me, I will cherish the life lessons Coach Steve has instilled in me and to always remember “to find a little,” when it matter most,  Forever a Seahawk!!”.  Tyler has represented the Seahawks internationally at the Beijing and Budapest World Cup.

Taito Paige daCosta graduated from Granada High School in Livermore and received the ‘California State Seal of Biliteracy’, ‘California State Seal of Merit’ and the’ Livermore Boosters Olympian Award Finalist’.  Paige  has been a Seahawk for 2 years and will be attending Cornell University in the Fall.  Paige stated “I am very thankful to have been a part of the Senior Elite group.  Coach Steve, Nick and Caitlin have been the best coaches and advisers anyone could ask for.  Thanks to them, I have improved both inside and outside the pool.” Paige will be competing at the 2020 Olympic Trials and Paige has represented the Seahawks in The World Cup in The Netherlands.

Calvin Chui graduated from Foothill High School with the ‘4.0 and above award’, ‘CSF Life member’, ’Multilingual Recognition Seal’ and ‘Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Recipient’ and the ‘Golden State Seam Merit Diploma Recipient’.  Calvin has been a Seahawk for 10 years and worked his way up from Novice to the Senior Elite group.  Calvin  stated the “Seahawks has shaped me into who I am today and I am grateful for the coaches who guided me along the way and the friends I have made”.  Calvin co-founded the Astronomy club at Foothilll and is also a ‘National Merit Scholar Finalist’.  Calvin will be attending Georgia Tech in the coming Fall majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Mattias Blanco  has graduated from Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon and has been a Seahawk for almost six years.  Mattias will be swimming at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in the Fall  and Mattias stated “ It is crazy to think that my time as a Seahawk is coming to an end.  I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and I have been able to work with some of the best coaches in the sport of swimming!  I will be forever grateful for all the memories I have made with this amazing team”.  Mattias represented the Seahawks internationally in Budapest.

The first row left to right we have Elisabeth Balicanta.  Elisabeth graduated from Foothill High School with the award for a’ GPA of 3.5-3.9’, the’ Multilingual Recognition award’ and the ‘Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Recipient’.  Elisabeth has been a Seahawk for over six years and will be attending Siena College in Loudonville New York in the Fall.  Elisabeth stated the “I’ve enjoyed my experience as a Seahawk.  I created wonderful relationships with my coaches and teammates and made fun memories I will never forget.  

Daniella Hawkins has graduated from Cal High in San Ramon and has been a Seahawk for six years.  Daniella has represented the Seahawks at many high level meets including World Cup in Singapore, Beijing and The Netherlands.  Daniella stated “I’m forever grateful for all the opportunities that this team has granted me such as traveling the world with my best friends and being able to attend my dream college.  Daniella will be swimming for UCLA in the Fall.  

Caroline Eckel has graduated from Granada High School and completed the full International Baccalaureate program (IB) and received the ‘California State Seal of Biliteracy’, ‘The California State Seal of Merit’ and has also received the ‘Top Scholar award for a  4.0 and above cumulative GPA award’.  Caroline will be swimming for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in the Fall.  Caroline has been a Pleasanton Seahawk for six years and has competed in World Cup in Beijing and traveled to The Netherlands with the Seahawks.  Caroline has also competed at State Championships and is an  All American award recipient and NCS Scholar Athlete.  Caroline stated “I am forever grateful to the friends that I have made, the places I have seen, the awards I have won and the coaches I have had that have helped shape me into the person I am today.  I want to thank my first Swim Coach, David Tambuwun, you taught me the love of the sport of swimming, Coach Lisa White and Alex Silver from the Livermore Aquacowboys that taught me to believe in myself and pushed me to achieve my goals.  To Coach Greg the humor and technique you need to achieve your goals and Coach Steve, Nick and Caitlin to help me both in and out of the water to be the best I can be.  I will remember you always and be forever grateful.”

Emily Claridge has graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton and has been a Seahawk for six years.  Emily will be attending the University of California,  Santa Cruz in the Fall.  Emily stated “I really enjoyed my time as a Seahawk.  I loved my coaches and how they helped me achieve my goals.  I also developed great friendships with many of my teammates,  It was a great experience for me.

Ruby Quinn has graduated from Amador High School  and has been a Seahawk for six years with Coach Greg.  Ruby will be attending Brigham Young University Idaho in the Fall to study Graphic Design and has maintained a GPA of 4.0 every year.  Ruby stated “I have loved the opportunity to grow as a competitive swimmer and enjoyed working with coaches who saw potential in me.  I owe my success to those coaches and fellow swimmers who encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and try new events.  I am grateful for the time and experience I have had with PLS!”

Miranda Heckman (Not pictured) has graduated from Granada High School and has been a Seahawk since October 2010.  Miranda achieved the EBAL Champion, NCS Champion,  NCS Scholar Athlete, Boosters Team Award and the ‘Senior Athlete of the Year 2019’.   Miranda has been to State Championships all 4 years and is a State record holder, All American and will be swimming for the University of Texas in the Fall and stated she has been “swimming since I was five years old”.  “I will be majoring in Animal Sciences in hopes of becoming a veterinarian.  I can’t wait to continue my athletic and academic career in Austin.  I will be competing at the 2020 Olympic Trials.  Throughout my time on Seahawks I have learned more about myself, commitment, and how to not only be a better athlete but a better all-around person.”  Miranda has represented the Seahawks internationally in Singapore, Beijing, The Netherlands and Budapest.

Congratulations class of 2019!  We will be excited to see what your future holds as you all head in your own directions!  Best of luck and Forever a Seahawk!