Studious Spartan gymnasts earn honors

Courtesy of Youlee Lee
The Mountain View High gymnastics team last month received section and state honors for posting the highest GPA in its sport. From left: Alyson Evans, Elaine Silverman, Lexy Mitchner, Sheila Steiner, Brette Miller, Madison Ruweler and Natalie Rockhold.

Mountain View High’s gymnasts and coaches knew the team won a Central Coast Section award for posting the highest collective grade-point average in their sport this year. But apparently nobody told them that they won the same honor at the state level, too.

Co-head coach Youlee Lee said Friday she had “no idea” the California Interscholastic Federation recognized the Spartans as a CIF State Academic Team Champion in a press release issued June 16.


Gold Star gymnasts shine

Owen Heery/Special to the Town Crier
Laura MacKenzie, a member of Gold Star Gymnastics’ girls artistic team, won the all-around title for Level 7 at the state meet.

The Gold Star Gymnastics girls artistic team recently completed its competitive season, and several local residents placed at state and regional meets.

Laura MacKenzie, a Junior Olympic Level 7 gymnast, posted a 38.000 all-around score to win the state meet in May. She won the balance beam (9.525), placed second on the vault (9.425) and third on both the uneven bars (9.325) and floor exercise (9.725). MacKenzie’s efforts helped Team NorCal finish second in the state team competition.


Tri, tri again

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Los Altos resident Jacob Tanz has competed in the past four Escape from Alcatraz Triathlons. He finished this year’s event in 3 hours, 28 minutes and 7 seconds.

After jumping from the boat into the bay to begin the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, participants don’t want to tread water – it’s all about swimming to shore as fast as possible.

But for some veteran competitors, like Los Altos resident Jacob Tanz, it’s just fine to tread water when it comes to finish time in the rugged race spanning 27.5 miles.


Los Altos junior Gwo wins two races at inaugural state swim meet in Clovis

Courtesy of Seth Tasman
Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo – standing with coach Seth Tasman – won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races at the state meet.

With the flu behind him, Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo flew past the competition at the state swimming and diving championships. The junior won both his races – the boys 50- and 100-yard freestyles – in the May 23 finals.

A week earlier, Gwo fought the flu as he swam these events at the Central Coast Section championships. Yet he still won the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free to qualify for the inaugural state meet at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.


With family's support, Miller runs Boston Marathon for the first time

Courtesy of Lisa Miller
Los Altos native Lisa Miller last month ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. She completed the race in 4:09.6.

Lisa Miller was the only member of her family to run in last month’s Boston Marathon, but she wouldn’t have been there without them.

“My family has been such a huge support of my running,” said Miller, who grew up in Los Altos and now lives just across the border in Sunnyvale.


St. Francis swimmers shine

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St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St. Francis High dominated Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday in its second-to-last dual meet of the year. The Lancers’ boys and girls swimming and diving teams racked up more than 150 points each to win by triple digits.

With the West Catholic Athletic League meet slated next weekend and the Central Coast Section championships a week later, St. Francis seems to be swimming toward a strong finish to the season.


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