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Historic Win Propels Scott Valley Sea Serpents Into MSL Championship

Youth swimming team defeats the Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions for the first time in decades and now heads to the championship at the College of Marin's Indian Valley campus Saturday.

The Scott Valley Sea Serpents and Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions will square off in the Marin Swim League's Championships Saturday in Novato, but unlike every year in recent memory, the matchup has a decidedly different vibe to it in 2012.

The Sea Lions have been the dominant team on the block for years. They hadn't lost a meet since 1999, had won 18 straight MSL Championships and came into last Saturday's battle undefeatd once again.

All that changed Saturday at Scott Valley Swim and Tennis Club, when the Sea Serpents shattered seven pool and seven team records for the overall win by a score of 313 to 247.

Scott Valley pulled ahead early after medley relays and maintained the lead throughout the meet, an especially sweet and historic victory for the team’s head coach, Paul Stasiowski, as well as the team's 10 graduating seniors, almost all of whom started with the team more than 10 years ago.

Stasiowski, assisted by coaches Tom Sweeney and Bella Ferriter, led the team to a victory that included five triple event winners.

Scott Valley’s eight-year-old Julietta Camahort swam to a total of six records, while Ethan Lewczyk, 10, garnered four records and Brandon West, 14, nabbed a record in the Individual Medley. Those swimmers along with 11-year-old Kacey Baetz and Joe Weber, 18, were all first place finishers in all three of their races.

Quinn Galli, 15, from Sleepy Hollow broke pool records in Butterfly and Backstroke and she, along with teammate Wyatt Hanson were also triple winners. 

The MSL consists of 10 teams and roughly 1,400 swimmers ages six to 18. Scott Valley Sea Serpents and Sleepy Hollow Sea Lions face off again at the MSL Championship on Saturday, July 14th at the College of Marin's Indian Valley College in Novato. Go the MSL website for more info and start times. 

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