“He led by example and he was a great leader. He was like the soul of the team.”
Lopez got the leadership and the performance he was looking for from his top senior at the CIF final meet and the Spartans ended the season with their second Division II triumph in as many years.
For his continued leading role in the rise of the area’s most successful swimming program over the last two years and his strong individual performances at the CIF finals and Masters Meet, Mirisola has earned the title of All-Area Boys’ Swimmer of the Year, as voted on unanimously by the sportswriters and editors of the Crescenta Valley Sun, Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader for the second consecutive year.
“It was great,” Mirisola said of the Spartans’ championship run. “I’m just really glad I got to be a part of such a good team — they’re just a great bunch of guys and I’m glad to have swam with them.”
Mirisola was a major points contributor to the Spartans’ Division II victory on May 10 at Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach, in which they totaled 236 points to edge out Loyola by just 15.
In addition to defending his title in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute 49.50 seconds, he was part of La Cañada’s runner-up 200-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams and also took third place in the 100 backstroke (50.29).
“His performance [at the Division II championship] was great,” Lopez said. “He said he was going to go under 1:50 and of course he did that in the 200 IM and was one of the top three in the nation [in that event] for high school guys. He did that and he even dropped his backstroke time.”