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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES — From left: Kyle Bare, Jerry Chen, Aaron Taylor, Calin Navickas, Trevor Dong, Ashley Abraham, Sonia Chimni and Sam Sruba were honored prior to last Saturday's regular season finale. Courtesy photo

Sports

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

By From page A7 | July 25, 2014

EL DORADO HILLS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils concluded their regular season Saturday by defeating the Granite Bay Gators 432-353 during the last dual meet of the Suburban Swim League.

With the win, the Taz held top placement in the league with a perfect 7-0 record. As tradition, eight graduating seniors were honored poolside.

Ashley Abraham — Swam with Taz for the last nine years, also assists as a coach. Attending the University of the Pacific to study Bio Medical Engineering. Received the Powell Scholarship. At Oak Ridge High, was voted this year’s Prom Queen.

Sonia Chimni — Participated the past five years with Taz. Will study Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Member of the Honor Society, Interact Club, and Link Crew at Oak Ridge.

Calin Navickas — Joined Taz at the age of 9. Volunteer coach. Section qualifier for Oak Ridge swim team. Also played polo four years. Will attend Chico State University with a major in pre-nursing.

Samantha Sruba — Started in first grade as a Taz swimmer. Plans to return next summer and compete to mark a 12-year tenure. Heading to Cornell University to study biology and chemistry in her pursuit of becoming a doctor. Will also be a member of the Cornell gymnastics team, competing in Division 1 NCAA.

Kyle Bare — Started swimming on the Taz team when he was 6 years old. A  swimmer-coach for the last two years. Plans to attend Sierra College in fall with a concentration on Criminal Justice; will also swim and play water polo there as well.

Jerry Chen — Began his Taz career at the age of 8. Also a Taz-swimmer coach. Achieved the esteemed level of Eagle Scout and at the age of 16 will be attending UC San Diego where he plans to pursue the study of computer science.

Trevor Dong — Started swimming with Taz at the age of 6. Will attend Oregon State University to study Forestry Management and play water polo. During his senior year at Oak Ridge, received the coveted Athlete of the Year and All City Swimmer awards. Holds three NorCal Swim League records, three High School Delta League records, five Taz team records, two Suburban Swim League records, and is an “All American” for relays.

Aaron Taylor — A Taz for the last five years. The swimmer-coach was honored as the “Most Inspirational Swimmer.” Will be attending UC San Diego in order to study computer engineering and play club water polo.

“Seeing these kids being recognized is bitter-sweet. They’re an amazing group and will be missed,” Taz president Brett Jones said. “It’s been a great season. Marc (Brown) has done a phenomenal job as head coach and in his first year as a rookie.”

The Devils are back in action this weekend for the SSL Championship Meet at Sierra College in Rocklin. Should the Taz win, it will mark a second straight team title.

Patty Pope

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