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Pleasanton Seahawks shine at Winter Sectionals

Team takes 3rd, Morsilli named 'Coach of the Meet' at L.A. event

The Pleasanton Seahawks achieved a third place victory in the recent Speedo Champions Winter Sectionals meet in Los Angeles with two of its swimmers setting new records and coach Steve Morsilli earning Coach of the Meet honors.

The Seahawks claimed third place in the large team division in the competition hosted by the Speedo series and Rose Bowl Aquatics from Dec. 19-22.

Seahawk Maxime Rooney received the men's high point winner award for the meet. Swimming in the 16-year-old division, Rooney finished first in the 200 individual medley and 100, 200 and 500 freestyle.

Rooney set a national record in his age group with his performance in the 200 freestyle. He also broke sectional and league records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Coach Steve Morsilli, who oversees the Seahawks' senior elite swimmers, was selected by his peers as Coach of the Meet.

Other top Seahawks swimmers included Moriah Simonds, 17, breaking a 22-year-old league record in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:37.35.

Christopher Jhong, 14, made the Winter Junior National cut in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:59.77.

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