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Sophomore Ma a ray of hope for Sequoia
April 04, 2014, 05:00 AM By Terry Bernal Daily Journal

Menlo-Atherton swept winless Sequoia in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division swimming Thursday. But on a day of M-A dominance, it figures the most noteworthy Sequoia swimmer would be Michael Ma.

Still just a sophomore, Ma swam in each of three events won by the Cherokees’ varsity boys. Ma captured two individual events with a 2:02.76 in the 200 individual medley and backed it up with a win in the 100 backstroke in 58.72 seconds. He also swan the third leg of the 200 medley relay which Sequoia won in 1:47.69.

A natural swimmer who first starting competing at age 6, Ma has already qualified for the Central Coast Section playoffs in the 200 individual medley and the 100 back. And according to Sequoia boys’ coach Francisco Andaluz, Ma is a coach’s dream.

“When you’re an all-year swimmer, you have a lot of advantage,” Andaluz said. “You make it easy for your high school coach.”

Ma said he began swimming at such a young age because his father essentially tossed him in the pool and taught him how to stay afloat. It was immediately fun in the sun for the young Ma, but the reason he stuck with it though was because of a trophy he received as a youngster while competing for the Redwood City Sharks.

“That just made me so excited that it made me want to keep swimming,” Ma said.

Now he receives so many ribbons, he doesn’t even keep them anymore. But the sophomore said he is focused the CCS meet May 16-17 at the Santa Clara Swim Center.

Menlo-Atherton went on to a clean sweep, winning boys’ varsity 96-60, girls’ varsity 113-36, boys’ junior-varsity 116-50 and girls’ junior-varsity 154-32.



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