SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team improved to 6-0 after Saturday’s defeat of the College Greens Gators 534-254.
The Taz shares an extensive history with the Gators as both are the only teams in the Suburban Swim League that have been continuous participants since the league’s establishment in 1967.
“It’s very exciting to have Taz visit today. We are the two oldest teams in the league, and I see great sportsmanship as I look around,” Gators’ head coach Sally Petree said. “More swimmers are shaking hands after their races, and everyone is smiling and being so friendly; it’s more than anything I’ve seen this year. We will have some tough competition because our team is better than we’ve ever been. The relays should be very strong today!”
As the Taz prepares to host Granite Bay this weekend, they have their sights set on the SSL Championship Meet and head coach Marc Brown has implemented a taper practice schedule for the team.
“The idea of tapering the practice schedule is to slowly take yardage off, especially starting with the older swimmers. For example, they are currently swimming about 4000 yards per day. They have been asked to cut out any extra-curricular activities and to drop the two-swim days so they are only hitting one practice a day,” Brown said. “Eventually, they will be averaging 1,000-1,500 yards per day. This should give them the right amount of rest. The whole idea is to conserve energy for Champs. The compromise is that while the swimmers’ bodies are adjusting to the taper, they don’t always swim their best.
“Times usually drop during the weeks heading into Champs weekend,” Brown continued. “Even so, we’re doing very well today. The 11-12 girls A relay team swam their best time, but I was disappointed when they were disqualified. Other than that, it’ll be a great competition overall.”
The Devils are eager to claim a perfect season final record this weekend with a victory over the Granite Bay Gators. The Suburban Swim League Championships Meet will be held at Sierra College in Rocklin the weekend of July 25-27.