For the third year in a row, the Crow Canyon Country Club Sea Lions came out on top at the Valley Swim Association League championships, held Aug. 1-2 at the Pleasanton Aquatics Center. The Valley Swim Association has nine Danville teams, including Club Sport San Ramon. This year the Sea Lions scored a whopping 2,521 points to win their third consecutive title.
This was a memorable year for the Sea Lions. Not only were eight of the 22 total new records set by CCCC swimmers, but also because the win came under new team leadership. Former assistant coach Jake Schroeder stepped up to fill the shoes of Dan Cottam, who moved into a new role at CCCC as aquatics director. Assisting Jake this year was new coach Rachel Ridgeway. Both are accomplished swimmers and leaders.
"Going into this year I knew we would have to really focus and bring a lot of energy into the championships to make it a 3-pete. All the kids did just that," said Schroeder. Kids competed in age groups ranging from 4 to 18 years old in each of the seven events, except for the Individual Medley, which starts at the 7-8 age group.
"This is an extremely tough league with many strong teams," said coach Ridgeway after the meet. "It was up to every age group to score points in order for us to capture the win. It was a close meet all the way to the end."
One of the most exciting events of the day may have been the parent/coaches relays. Although they are not scored, bragging rights abound and drive each team to put forth their best effort. This year Crow Canyon swept all three relays, keeping up the winning tradition established over the weekend.
The VSA League Meet caps off the regular season. However, those who swam a County qualifying time during the swim season will go on to the County Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. There will be more than 70 Crow Canyon Country Club Sea Lion swimmers represented at the County Championships this year, and the Sea Lions are the defending County champions.
Final results for the VSA Championships
Place Team Points:
1. Crow Canyon Country Club - 2,521
2. Blackhawk Swim Team - 2,237
3. Dapa - 2,038
4. Round Hill Country Club - 1,960
5. Diablo Country Club - 1,646
6. Sycamore Stingrays - 1,329.50
7. Danville Sea Devils - 917.50
8. San Ramon Aquacats - 753
9. Marlins Swim Team - 45