Covington Critters celebrate 50th year

Courtesy of Maridee Charlton
The 2018 Covington Critters swim team gathers for a group photo at the Mountain View High pool to commemorate its 50th year. The summer program began in 1968 at Covington School.

This summer marks the 50th year that the Covington Critters have provided a summer swim program to youth in and around Los Altos.

The team was founded in 1968 as a competitive swim class that aimed to teach swimmers basic strokes and technique. After a few years, the class grew so large that founding coach Rich Decker formed a team and took the Critters to their first swim meet.

Mountain View High graduate Walker rewarded after busy week of swimming

Courtesy of Luciane Marques
Swimmer Lucas Walker, a Mountain View High graduate, is headed to the University of Redlands on an academic scholarship.

Lucas Walker wasn’t satisfied competing in just one high-stakes swim meet two weeks ago, so he participated in two.

The 2018 Mountain View High graduate swam in a pair of major USA Swimming competitions – the Junior National Championships and the Futures Championships – in the span of six days, and showed he belonged in both.

LA resident crowned best badminton player in U13 boys division

Courtesy of Jianwen Jin
Jaden Jin poses with the medals he received for winning the boys U13 singles division and placing second in the U13 doubles division at the YONEX Junior National Badminton Championships.

In a span of four years, Jaden Jin has gone from badminton novice to national champion.

Competing in the under-13 boys division at last month’s YONEX Junior National Badminton Championships in Milwaukee, the Los Altos resident won the singles title and finished second in boys doubles with partner Weslie Chen.

Summer's been smooth sailing for teen Tadros

Courtesy of Al Tadros
Los Altos High’s Amir Tadros, front, sails in a recent regatta.

As the wind whistles through his hair off the coast of North Carolina, Amir Tadros hits 15 mph.

It’s June 27, and the Los Altos High School rising senior is about to take ninth place at the U.S. Sailing Youth Championships at Wrightsville Beach. Hanging off the side of the dinghy, Tadros balances the boat’s weight while his sailing partner, Justin Lim, adjusts the team’s course.

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