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The Alameda High Mens water polo team successfully defended their league water polo title Saturday, October 29th against longtime rival Berkeley at Contra Costa College. The Hornets played some stifling defense from the first whistle of the game defeating the Yellowjackets in a heartstopping double overtime 11-10 game.
The Hornets started the tournament beating the #8 seed St.Patrick High by a score of 17-4. They then had to face crosstown rivals Encinal High to get into the championship game. A nailbiter game itself, the Hornets pulled out a narrow 11-10 victory over the Jets in regulation. This victory gave the Hornets their shot at a 3rd title in as many years, a feat never accomplished in the history of Alameda water polo. Read more »
This Saturday September 17, Cal Bears alumni are going to play water polo in the waters outside of AT&T park before Cal's football (not baseball) game inside the park. Polo should begin about 2:00.
Tim Rood, the former swim club president and an urban planner, has announced his is running for City Council. We don't know Tim but we certainly like his platform as described in the Piedmont Patch ("robust planning process" and facilitating "robust public dialogue.") Read more »
Michele Ellson has a story at the Alameda Journal about potential closures at Emma Hood due to lead paint at the facility. The higher-than-allowed levels were discovered during an insurance inspection. Read more »
Swimmers need to be experts at just "hanging out." At swim meets, there is a lot of time to burn in between events and kids need a good way to pass the downtime.
When I was a swimmer in the 1970's, hanging out between events was my favorite part about swimming in general. I was the guy with the jambox playing all the music the parents hated…. Rush, Zeppelin, Skynyrd, and so forth. That kept our hangout area mostly kids-only. Pretty fun. Read more »
The Alameda Islanders were well represented in the 11-12 Girls Division at the 2011 Pacific Swimming Far Western Long Course Championships, held in Concord, California July 27-31. Catherine Boles placed 1st in two events - 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke, and Maddy Delore placed 1st in 50m Freestyle.
Far Westerns is a fiercely competitive meet comprised of the best age group swimmers from the western half of North America. Just to qualify is extraordinary. To place or win is absolutely stupendous. Read more »
A Fundamentals of Water Polo camp for 12-and-under kids has just begun in Alameda and is open to newcomers.
Classes are from noon to 1pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at the Harbor Bay Club and each session is 2 weeks (6 classes.) Members and nonmembers are welcome but as you might suspect.... campers should already be decent swimmers. Read more »
Eleven Islander swimmers qualified for Pacific Swimming’s Long Course Junior Olympics held in San Jose, CA, July 7-10, 2011. Catherine Boles, Maddy Delore, Morgan Truong and Daniel Truong advanced from the trials to swim amongst the top 8 swimmers in the Final Heats of the following events: Read more »
Alameda Islander and AHS swimmer Ben Krause competed against some of the best swimmers in the world at last weekend's Grand Prix in Santa Clara.
Krause qualified in 3 events: 400 meter free (4:22.04), 400 meter IM (4:54.07), and 200 meter fly (2:10.66.) These were not his best times but the Grand Prix didn't line up with his training schedule. We might see him in the Grand Prix finals one of these days though.
It's a small venue so it must have been very exciting to see so many Olympians compete up close.
Here is a video of the 200 meter fly finals: Read more »