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Sports

Local runners dominates at national championships Breakers Cup champs The RAGE U13 Premier Girls Soccer team entered the U14 Division of the Breakers Cup in Santa Cruz for an added challenge and then came away with the Tournament Championship after defeating the Los Gatos United Wildcats in thrilling 2-1 final. This continues a streak that includes being Spring League Premier Champs, Nor Cal CrossRegional Premier Champions and RAGE Juniors Tournament Finalists. Team members are (back row, l-r) Sydney DeVor, Sayler Bagnall, Natasa Copic, Makenzie Farro, Coach Stephanie Wieger, Lauren Russell, Kathryn Lee, G’Ana Losson, Samantha Dukes, (middle) Claire Wong, Nikki Lee, Taylor Noval, Molly Murphy, Lilly Ryan, Tami Kwong, (front) Sophia Pearson and Terra McHone. Not pictured: Mary Clifford.

Seahawks soar at Far Western Championships Tri-Valley Aquatics swim personal bests The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim Team swam to a first-place team finish at the Far Western Championships in San Jose on Aug. 1-5, competing against the Tri-Valley Aquatics and others from throughout the state, Nevada, Arizona and Canada. Special highlights from the PreJunior group include new PRTs by Alex Ren and Nicole Stiles. In addition, Nicole swam in the 10 and under girls 200 free relay that set a new team record. From the PreSenior group, the 11-12 girls of Sofia Barrera, Alexandra Hernandez, Nja Zuniga, and Miranda Heckman finished in the top 10 for their three respective relays. Heckman finished eighth in the 400 free and 1500 free and sixth in the 800 free. For the 11-12 boys, the 200 and 400 medley relay of Jonah Cooper, Timothy Yao, Drew Kobayashi and Christopher Jhong finished second in both races. In the 200 and 400 free relay, Jonah Cooper, Drew Kobayashi, Christopher Jhong and Wolfgang Lachance also swam to second in both races. Individually, Jonah Cooper was the second place high point winner for 11-12 boys by placing first in two of his races, second in two, third in three, and fifth in the 800 free. Christopher Jhong also helped contribute to the points by placing seventh in the 200 back and fifth in the 100 back. For the Tri Valley Aquatics, Stephanie Doi and Thomas Gjerde led the team in best times, with three each. Stephanie Doi swam personal bests in the 100 and 200 free, and the 100 fly. Gjerde took

down his own personal records in the 50 and 100 free, and 200 fly. Jordan Reznick took off six seconds from his 400 free, which he’d already dropped in a few weeks earlier at JOs. Nicole Doi had two best times, in the 100 and 200 free. Meanwhile, Maria Carlson and Natalie Tang were representing TVA

in Edmonton, Canada, as part of the Pacific Swimming North American Challenge Cup Team. Carlson had two best times throughout the meet (50 free, 200 breast), and took home bronze medals in both the 100 breast and 4x100 medley relay. Tang also had two best times, in the 100 and 200-meter backstrokes. N

Annaka Green of Pleasanton, Megan McCandless and Cat Kiser were among the winning members of Oak Hill Racing, which was dominant at the U.S. Junior Olympic National Track Championships held recently in Baltimore, Md. Green finished second in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:41.10. Julia Bounds won the 3000, followed closely by Lauren Jacobs in third, McCandless in fifth and Kiser in sixth. Bounds’ time of 10:10.45 was the fastest time run in the United States this year. “To have four runners finish in the top six was way beyond our expectations,” said Coach Kevin McCarthy. “Their hard work all season really paid off.” Bounds, Kiser and McCandless teamed up with Chase Worthen to win the 4 x 800-meter relay; their time of 9:46.17 was 18 seconds ahead of second place. The boys were paced by Matt Salazar, who finished sixth in the 1500-meter with 4:19.39 and eighth in the 3000-meter with 9:24.31. “Every day was very hot and very humid,” said Coach McCarthy. “I am amazed at how fast our team ran in these conditions.”

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Pleasanton Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly

Pleasanton Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Pleasanton Weekly