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Local triathletes live to tell about their Escape from Alcatraz

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Los Altos resident Chris Chang competes in the 36th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon June 12 in San Francisco.

In this lottery, the lives of the winners only get tougher.

Those selected are “lucky” enough to get the chance to jump from a boat in the bay and swim 1.5 miles to shore, climb an unforgiving 400-step sand ladder, pedal 18 miles on many of the steep streets of San Francisco, then run 8 miles on pavement, gravel, dirt and sand.

Los Altos swimmer qualifies for Olympic trials

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Gabrielle Anderson made the Olympic trials by swimming the 100 butterfly in 1:01.12.

In the world of competitive swimming, Gabrielle Anderson has made it to the deep end of the pool. The Los Altos resident recently qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-yard butterfly.

Anderson is scheduled to leave next week for the meet in Omaha, Neb., where she will share the pool with swimmers the 16-year-old admired growing up.

Gold Star gymnasts shine at state meet

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Several competitors from Gold Star Gymnastics in Mountain View placed at the state meet, including Cindy Linker.

Scores of gymnasts from Mountain View-based Gold Star Gymnastics’ girls artistic team placed at state and regional meets held this spring, including many local residents.

Laura MacKenzie finished third on the uneven bars (9.375) and first on the balance beam (9.600) at the Level 8/9 state championships in McClellan. MacKenzie also placed first on the uneven bars (9.600), third on the balance beam (9.400) and first all-around (37.325) at the Level 8 regional championships in Las Vegas.

Local synchronized swimmer caps Stanford career with national title

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Los Altos native Evelyna Wang helped Stanford win the national championship in synchronized swimming this spring.

If this does prove to be Evelyna Wang’s last season as a synchronized swimmer, at least she’s going out on top.

The Los Altos native recently helped Stanford University capture the U.S. National Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championship. The senior and her squad edged Ohio State for the title in Florida earlier this spring.

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