Kropp, Talt swim to titles

Swimming: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy duo combines for three Mission League crowns Monday.

May 04, 2010|By Grant Gordon

SAN FERNANDO — Indeed, there are bigger goals and brighter medals that Andrea Kropp is striving for, but after a year away from the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming team, the senior standout returned and on Monday afternoon looked quite comfortable in penning her latest chapter of Mission League prominence.

Kropp keyed an overall outstanding day for the Tologs at the Mission League Finals at the San Fernando Regional Pool.

Kropp claimed league crowns in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke, combining with fellow senior Madeline Talt, who won the 500 freestyle, to give Sacred Heart three league titles.

“It just feels great being able to finish out my senior year, go out with a bang and have the team do well,” said Kropp, who had lifeguard training on Sunday and ran close to five miles. “I’m pretty happy with how I did, I felt like I did pretty well considering my legs are completely dead.”


Kropp won the seventh and eighth league titles of her career on Monday, taking her first-ever 200 IM title in 2 minutes 05.30 seconds, as she widened her lead on the backstroke en route to a lopsided win. Second-place Alexandra Edel of Harvard-Westlake finished in 2:11.98.

In Kropp’s signature race, the breaststroke, she also blew away the field, winning in 1:04.39, breaking her own meet record of 1:05.98 that she set in 2008, while besting second-place finisher Charlene Flores of Alemany (1:09.23) by a wide margin.

“In Andrea’s case, she’s obviously looking to bigger and better things,” said Tologs Coach Steve Bergen of Kropp, who’s won both CIF and Masters Meet titles in the past and has now won three league titles in the breaststroke. “I think her times were very good.”

Indeed, Bergen said Kropp’s times were season-bests, while Talt put together a high school personal-best 5:08.00 that won her the league title and also nabbed her the CIF automatic qualifying time she had been seeking.

“For Madeline, this was great for her,” Bergen said. “She’s been a great performer for this team for four years and it was great to see her go out a winner in her last individual race.”

Talt took an early lead in the race and never looked back, dominating the field by more than a 30-second margin, as Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Natalie Stilz took second in 5:42.93.

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