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    Swimming
Kadi takes the helm for Seaside swim team
By Gary Henley
The Swimmers
EO Media Group
The successful Seaside
swim program is under new
management, as Mike Kadi
takes over for Alex Reed as the
Gulls’ varsity coach.
And with Kadi now at the
helm, you can consider the
Gulls in good hands.
Kadi is a member of U.S.
Masters Swimming, having
competed most recently for the
Mountain View Masters club.
He is also a USA Swimming
certi¿ed coach.
Which makes the Seaside
swimmers certi¿ed challengers
in the District 1/4A.
The Seaside boys took sec-
ond in districts last year, ¿nish-
ing 96 points behind a strong
Newport team.
The Cubs are always chal-
JOSHUA BESSEX/EO MEDIA GROUP
GIRLS
ELIZABETH BARNES, JR.
CADYN CARR, JR.
CLARISSE COVENTRY, SR.
ALYSSA HARKINS, SO.
KENDY LIN, FR.
MORGAN MATTHEWS, SR.
MAYA MCGILL, FR.
KIMBERLY MELLA, FR.
HOLLY WOOD, FR.
BOYS
SAM BEAUDOIN, SR.
ISAIAH COLLINS, SO.
NICHOLAS KONYHA, FR.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, JR.
ADAM MORSE, JR.
LUCAS NAGLE, SO.
BRADLEY RZEWNICKI, JR.
THADDEAUS STAPLETON, JR.
ALEX TADEI, SR.
Senior Sam Beaudoin qualified for state in four different
events last year.
practice. “I’m looking forward
to our ¿rst meet. I’m also look-
ing to do a round of every single
school around here. I coached
in Nevada (Incline HS), and
I’m getting a feel of what’s go-
ing on around here. I’d like to
see what this area has.”
He already knows what the
Gulls have, even before he took
lenging for the top spot, and
they will face an even tougher
¿ght for this year’s title.
Seaside brings back some
fast swimmers from a year ago,
in which the boys’ team ¿n-
ished eighth in the team stand-
ings at the state meet.
“Everything’s going great,”
Kadi said after one week of
over.
“I had the pleasure of work-
ing with Alex a little,” he said.
“I started a couple home meets
here and got to see the team,
and it’s good to see those kids
back. I think they’re receptive
of my training. We just try to
make it fun and get ‘em fast
quick.
“If you know swimming,
you have to get them in the
water and up to speed really
quickly.”
On the plus side, “Sam
(Beaudoin) is coming back,”
Kadi said, referring to the se-
nior state quali¿er in four dif-
ferent events.
Bradley Rzewnicki is an-
other key swimmer with state
experience.
“We also have a real strong
girls state relay team, in medley
and freestyle,” Kadi said. “I’m
really stoked about that.”
Kadi is retired U.S. Coast
Guard, and was stationed in
Astoria from 1985-87.
“I was living in Tahoe, and
dealing with 40 feet of snow
every year gets kind of old,” he
said. Seaside “is a good place
to be.
“When you look at it, the
way to a good swimming pro-
gram is having a swim club,”
which drove Kadi to create the
Seaside Swim Team.
“Astoria has North Coast
(Swim Club), and they’ve got
good numbers,” he said. “I
started Seaside Swim Team
back in January, and our num-
bers are at 30. You have to have
numbers to have a healthy pro-
gram, so we’re building.”
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