M-A Swimming Completes Successful PAL Season

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Lexi Lobdell

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The Bears wrapped up their regular PAL league season at PAL Finals. They earned two champion titles for the boys and girls junior varsity (JV) teams with record-breaking swims. Both varsity teams came in close second to Burlingame by only a few points.


The JV teams finished a very successful season by remaining undefeated and winning the PAL league with little competition.The boys team won with 579 points, placing almost 100 points over second place winner, Carlmont.The girls won with 774 points, defeating Carlmont by over 300 points. 


The varsity girls fought with league winner Burlingame until the last race of the day, the 400 yard freestyle. The Bears entered the last event of the day trailing by only a few points. The ‘B’ relay team, comprised of Claire Haldeman (9), Mary Lane (10), Faith Dunn (9), and Jessica Heilman (12), won the first heat allowing M-A to move into first place by a single point. During the ‘A’ relay in the second heat, seniors Maddie Pont, Sierra Sheeper, Nicole Zanolli ,and Kindle Van Linge represented the Bears. The race was close between M-A and Burlingame, but ultimately Burlingame beat the Bears by less than two seconds. This earned Burlingame the 2014 championship title.


The varsity boys also faced Burlingame’s tough competition and lost with a score of 448-422. Notable swims came from junior Zach Goland, who won the 200 yard freestyle and placed second in the 100 yard butterfly; sophomore Vincent Busque, who placed second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 yard freestyle; and junior Gordon Williams, who placed fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 yard butterfly.


M-A strength in the PAL league became undeniable with the release of the First and Second All League teams. The following are the M-A swimmers in each division:


First Team All League Varsity Girls:

Maddie Pont (Senior)

Sierra Sheeper (Senior)

Kindle Van Linge (Senior)

Nicole Zanolli (Senior)

Maddie Worden (Sophomore)


First Team All League Varsity Boys:

Zach Goland (Junior)

Vincent Busque (Sophomore)


Second Team All League Varsity Girls:

Faith Dunn (Freshman)

Alexa Finn (Sophomore)

Jessica Heilman (Senior)

Mary Lane (Sophomore)

Sophie Murff (Freshman)


Second Team All League Varsity Boys:

Gordon Williams (Junior)

Jack Beasley (Sophomore)

James Connolly (Sophomore)


This Friday the CCS qualifiers will travel to CCS finals at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. The top 16 swimmers will then compete on Saturday in finals. 

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  1. dbalestra on May 27th, 2014 9:11 pm

    Great job season bears! It looks like we will be missing quite a few strong senior swimmers next year. Good look in college!

M-A Swimming Completes Successful PAL Season