Gladly shifting from last year's role of the hunted to the hunter, CV
again demonstrated that big-meet experience can be invaluable, as Peter
Kim's squad dropped significant time in all three relays to close what
was initially thought to be an insurmountable gap for Riverside Poly.
"These girls are born to compete," said Kim, whose squad posted a
hypothetical total of 196 points based on Thursday's results and the 35
points it earned from Tuesday's diving final.
"In high-pressure situations, some people fold and others step up to
the plate, and our girls definitely stepped up."
Riverside Poly scored a hypothetical 226 points, including the fastest
qualifying mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3 minutes 37.15
seconds. CV is second entering Saturday's final at 4 p.m., clocking
3:40.03, an improvement of 5.59 seconds from its entry mark.
The Falcons also dropped 2.03 seconds in the 200 medley relay to
qualify fourth in 1:54.11 and 2.52 seconds in the 200 freestyle relay
(1:41.67) to qualify third.
But as compelling as CV's quest to win back-to-back titles will be, it
might take a back seat -- if only for a few minutes -- to the
championship heat in the 100 breaststroke.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy senior Melissa Siracuse and La Canada
freshman Maryann Boosalis qualified first and second Thursday, clocking
1:05.91 and 1:06.72, respectively. The two will swim in adjacent lanes in
Siracuse -- who took second at last year's final in 1:05.29 -- turned
in an inspired effort to post her fastest time of the season, thanks in
large part to the attendance of her father, Phil, who was 11 days removed
from cancer surgery in his upper left arm.
Boosalis also qualified for the championship heat in the 100
freestyle, tying for the sixth-fastest qualifying mark (54.17). CV
sophomore Amanda Miller -- who also qualified 10th in the 100 butterfly
-- posted the fifth-fastest mark of 54.09.
Falcon junior Lindsay Taylor qualified for the championship heat in
both the 200 freestyle (1:57.82) and 200 individual medley (2:11.91).
CV's Jessica Ban (100 butterfly and 200 freestyle), Lorean Mapp and