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SWIMMING

Woodcreek Seawolves blaze past Folsom TigerSharks

Former coach drops head-to-head matchup against old team.
By: Terrie Madler - For The Press Tribune
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Despite missing several swimmers due to the Water Polo Junior Olympics, the Woodcreek Seawolves swim team still had enough firepower to overcome their local rivals from Folsom, 536-293, last Saturday at the Roseville Aquatics Center. 

Nick Pointer, the TigerSharks current head coach, was once the leader of the Wolfpack at Woodcreek last season after a successful swim career as a member of the Seawolves. But, this time, he was forced to watch his former swimmers post improved times in 248 races and take home the victory.

“I saw victories of all sorts taking place in the pool from our most elite athletes to our newer swimmers,” current Woodcreek coach Beth Gardner said. “It’s a pretty awesome thing to swim your race legal for the first time, to break a certain time, to knock off time when you haven’t in a while, to get close to your faster times of previous seasons and to get a MOC time. Also, you have to have fun out here and reach deeper than you ever thought you could.

“I also have to give our parents a hand for chipping in all over the place to make the meet run smoothly.”

In all, the home squad came through with 16 wins in 21 relay races, which accounted for 112 of Woodcreek’s total points. 

The team also racked up wins in many of the individual events, including winning an impressive seven straight first-place finishes in the backstroke events and six first-place wins in the distance freestyle swims.

The Seawolves received four sweeps against Folsom from Aaron Blumenberg, Kyleigh Boatwright, Lauren Ostrander, and Ethan Tran, as each won their individual and relay events. 

On top of their first-place finishes, Boatwright and Ostrander swam each of their events at Meet of Champions (MOC) qualifying time standards and improved their seed times.  

Ostrander says her accomplishments come from pre-swim visualization. 

“I close my eyes and imagine every aspect of the race from the buzzer at the start to the touchpad at the end,” she stated after taking the team’s top spot in the 50-fly for both the 13-14 and 15-18 girls. “I take a couple of deep breaths and listen to any last minute advice from my coaches. Sometimes it's fun and joking but sometimes it's serious and technical.”

To date, a total of 39 Seawolves have qualified for the 2015 MOC invitational – an All-Star swim meet that pairs the top recreational/summer league swimmers from the Sacramento Valley Area against one another. The top-rated tournament is set for August 1 and 2 at the Roseville Aquatics Complex.

The Seawolves will now prep for their last dual meet of the season as they take on the Del Norte Dolphins on July 11. The match will have big implications for coach Gardner, who made the jump from Del Norte’s squad to Woodcreek’s this past offseason.