Articles by Dean Ottati

Extra Thankful for This Year’s Swimming Feast

On Thanksgiving, 135 of the Walnut Creek Masters, ranging in ages from 19 – 80, including at least 6 families with multiple generations in the water, gathered once again to enjoy the best practice of the year — But this time with some enhanced thankfulness for the basic things like clean air and blue skies that we take so for granted that we don’t even consider them until they are gone.

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Alexei Sancov, Moldova Olympian, Breaks 2 DAL Records

2017 Diablo Athletic League Swimming Championships May 6th, 2017 NCS section SCY With last year’s graduation of the great Maxime…

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Kelsey Witkay Verbally Commits to FAU

Witkay will make an immediate impact for the Owls, as she will be competing for spots on the A sprint freestyle relays.

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Jake Rollo Commits to UCSB

This week Jake Rollo of the Walnut Creek Aquabears in Northern California verbally committed to join the UCSB Gauchos starting in the 2016/17 season.

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San Ramon Valley Women & Northgate Men Repeat in California’s North Coast Section (NCS) High School Championship

Campolindo High School senior Mary Ashby finished her CIF – North Coast Section career with a sprint double on Sunday.

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Usinger, Rooney Set Records in Prelims of California’s North Coast Section Championship

Brittney Usinger (Sr., Acalanes, Harvard commit) posted a 52.58 in her 100 butterfly prelim,  breaking the old  NCS 100 record, previously held by the great Celina Li.

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2015 CIF North Coast Section (NCS) Preview

Northgate seniors (from l to r) Calvin Kirkpatrick, Eric VanBrocklin, and Mason Tittle will be headed to UCSB together in the Fall. Will they leave a few NCS records in their wake before they go?

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Brandon James Breaks National Junior College 200 Back Record

Brandon James of Diablo Valley College broke the National Junior College Record in the men’s 200 yard backstroke on Saturday.

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Ryan Geheb Swims Through Gruesome Head Wound to Michigan All-State Honors

See more photos from the day here in Alex McDougall’s photo gallery. Some moments in life rush at us so…

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Morning Swim Practice – The 50 Meter Jungle

It’s a Friday morning in January. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s been a long week at work, and an even…

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A Celebration of Bears

Clockwise from left: Mason Tittle, Maddie Ward, Matt Horner, Grant Watson, Hank Poppe, Zach Ottati, Eric VanBrocklin, Calvin Kirckpatrick, Jake Rollo, Aaron Lutzker (not pictured).

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California CIF Announces the 2015 State High School Swimming Championship “At-Large” Time Standards

The CIF has announced the standards for its first swimming state championship meet.

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Maddie Salesky Commits to Brown

Salesky will make an immediate impact for the Brown Bears and their new head coach Kate Kovenock.

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Poppe and Scott: A Race, a Lifetime, in Six Photos

In just six photos, Robert Ashby managed not only to capture the essence of a race, but also the emotion and grace of two great champions. What follows are those six shots, with a little added commentary.

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