Swimmers Finish MCAL Season

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By James Finn & Caroline Frost

The boys’ and girls’ swimming teams finished third and fourth, respectively, at the MCAL championship meet on May 10. The boys’ team finished with a total of 336 points, coming in after Redwood (385) and Terra Linda (347). The girls registered a score of 233 to fall behind Marin Catholic (423), Redwood (390) and Terra Linda (325). The Tam, Redwood and Terra Linda boys’ teams ended the regular season in a three-way tie, each with an 8-1 record. The girls finished the regular season with a record of 5-4.

WORKING HARD: Juniors Amanda Faubel and Annapurna Holtzapple and sophomores Miki Dahlke and Annie Whalen after placing third in the 200-yard free-style relay.
WORKING HARD: Juniors Amanda Faubel and Annapurna Holtzapple and sophomores Miki Dahlke and Annie Whalen after placing third in the 200-yard free-style relay.

Assistant coach Bob Kustel, who recently received the 2013-2014 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Model Coach Award, has coached the boys’ swim team for 14 seasons and was a member of the coaching staff when the boys won the MCAL title four years in a row. “Having three teams that are tied up that have an 8-1 record is something I have never seen before,” Kustel said before the meet “It is amazing how much talent there is at the top of the league.

Senior team captain Sean Haechler emerged first in the 100-yard butterfly for the boys, beating the Tam pool fly record with a time of 50.62 seconds and defeating Terra Linda star RJ Williams who completed the event in 51.14 seconds. Sophomore Theo Andrews finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and junior Daniel Carroll, a Tam News reporter, took sixth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Miki Dahlke took first place in the girls’ 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races with a time of 24.34 seconds in the 50 and 52.22 in the 100. Sophmore Annie Whalen came in third for the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.43.
The Tam diving team was also successful at the meet, with senior Shane Allen, sophomore Cameron Creath and junior Ethan Daniel emerging in second, third and fourth place, respectively. Head swimming coach Ken Webber acknowledged the significance of the diving team before the meet. “The divers make a huge difference for us,” Webber said. “We have some of the best divers in the league.”