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Men's Tennis Aces State; Men's Swim Dives into National Rankings
Foothill Coaches Also Garner Coach of the Year Awards
May 16, 2012
National rankings, state championship qualifiers, and not one but three Coach of the Year Awards round out the roster of impressive springtime sports achievements for Foothill College student-athletes and their coaches.
The Foothill College Men's Swimming Team
completed its season with three relays and one individual as All-American selections--a performance measurement that indicates the athlete had one of the 16 fastest swim times of all community college races in the United States.
Nationally, in freestyle relay competition, Foothill Owls' Harry Chang, Paul Kim, Hanson Tsien and Antonio Wong
recorded top ten finishes in the 200- and 400-meter categories. In the 400-meter medley relay, Foothill's Min "Paul" Kim, Antonio Wong, Andrew Wong, and Hanson Tsien
finished with the 15th fastest swim. Finally, Min "Paul" Kim
dominated his competition on his way to becoming the 15th fastest swimmer in the country in the 50-meter freestyle. As a team, the Foothill men finished 10th in the state.
Out of the pool and on the tennis courts, the Foothill College Men's Tennis Team
qualified four players to advance to the state tournament. Tobias Galskov, Alex Johnston, James Kong and Ramon Martinez
served up their best in singles competition. Each of the men advanced to the quarter-finals, which put four Owls in the top eight finishers in the state tournament--a remarkable achievement that will include All-American status for Galskov, Johnston, Kong and Martinez. Three of the four also advanced to the semi-finals, and in the championship singles match, the Owls' Galskov defeated Johnston to bring the state championship title back to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. With a spirit of good-natured competition between the two top players, Johnston defeated Galskov just weeks earlier at the Ojai tournament in community college division play.
In addition to Foothill's student-athletes successes this season, their coaches were also recognized for outstanding performances. Foothill Coaches Lauren Hickey
and Dixie Macias
were each named recipients of the Coast Conference Coach of the Year Award in women's and men's tennis, respectively. Foothill Women's Tennis Assistant Coach Michael Woods
was named the state and national Assistant Coach of the Year.
"When you think about the prestige of having so many student-athletes earning All-American status for their accomplishments--in not just one but two programs-- it's an incredible concentration of talent," says Foothill College Kinesiology & Athletics Division Dean & Athletics Director Susan Gutkind, Ph.D.
"Our coaches do a great job of nurturing those skills and challenging our student-athletes to perform their best. We're proud of them all."
Foothill College is a member of the Coast Conference and NorCal Football Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association. Foothill College men's intercollegiate teams compete in basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis and swimming, and women's intercollegiate teams compete in basketball, water polo, soccer, tennis, volleyball, softball and swimming. For more information, call the Foothill College Kinesiology & Athletics Division
at (650) 949-7222
or access www.foothill.edu/ath/index.php
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