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Sierra junior earns second consecutive all-area honor

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Sierra High junior Kara Hall is the 2010 Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Swimmer of the Year.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED June 28, 2010 1:25 a.m.
Kara Hall had every opportunity to settle on her outstanding accomplishments for the Sierra High swim program a season ago, but the junior had no such let down, improving on an already successful career by being named the 2010 Bulletin All-Area Swimmer of the Year.

Hall was one of the guiding forces for a Timberwolves girls squad that fell six points shy of Oakdale High in the Valley Oak League Championships. Hall earned a return trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals, closing her season with an area-best fourth place finish in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:07.16. Her season finale was nearly two seconds faster than her meet winning time in the league championships.

“I think that my times got faster throughout the entire season,” Hall said of her improvements. “Because I had kind of gotten out of shape, so I had to work my way up to my fastest times. I got faster in sections because I always do better with more competition.

“And there were some really great swimmers there.”

Hall set up a solid run through the section trials and finals by dominating in the league championship meet. The junior standout earned league championships in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breast as well as a 200-medley relay championship with teammates Christina Ngo, Stephanie Davis and Niki DeGeorge. Hall also teamed up with Ngo, Davis and Megan Viduya for a runner up finish in the 400 free relay.

“I really enjoy both, but the one of the two that is most fun is obviously swimming in the relays,” Hall said. “It is always so much fun cheering on your teammates. Competing with the girls is truly enjoyable.”

The 200-medley relay squad earned a respectable 11th place-finish in the sections, completing the relay in 1:59.79, some two seconds faster than their VOL meet championship time. Hall also grabbed a top-25 finish in the 200 IM, closing out her third section meet event in 2:22.91.

Hall has continued to improve over her first three seasons as a Timberwolf, but now she will have to make even steeper climbs with a tenacious Oakdale High program returning the bulk of its VOL champion girls squad.

“I don’t know if we are going to be able to catch Oakdale,” Hall said of the defending champs. “It really depends on how hard the swimmers on our team are willing to work. I think that it’s possible if we put our minds to it.

“They really wanted it this year and that’s why they got it.”
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