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Falcons reign supreme

Swimming: CV boys’, girls’ teams clinch outright league championship.

May 07, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

BURBANK — On paper, the paths the Crescenta Valley High boys’ and girls’ swimming teams took to navigate Thursday afternoon’s Pacific League finals at Burbank High couldn’t have been more different.

Led by their individual standouts, two of whom set new league records, the Falcons boys won all but one event on the day. The girls’ squad won just one event on the day and, although more subtly orchestrated, their victory was just as dominant.

Crescenta Valley’s boys’ team dazzled with its star power, scoring 592 points to second-place Arcadia’s 352, while the girls’ depth was simply unbeatable in scoring 534 1/2 points to runner-up Arcadia’s 358 1/2 .

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“They knew what they had to do, their tapers happened to be at the right time for them this year, but more importantly, all the little details that they can control, they all came into effect,” said Falcons girls’ Coach Robert Miller, whose team clinched the league title outright on Thursday after securing at least a share by clinching the dual-meet crown on April 28. “They came out and took care of it.

“When you get that whole pack into the final heat, it makes it hard to overcome and that happened time and time again today.

“What we lost in marquee swimmers [from last year], we made up for [in the fact] that we’ve got a team.”

The Falcons’ boys had also already wrapped up a share of their 18th straight league crown after beating Arcadia in the dual-meet finale, but made a strong statement about their own depth on Thursday heading into next week’s CIF Southern Section Division II championships.

Crescenta Valley had four finalists in every championship heat except for the 100-yard butterfly, which was the only event it did not win.

“These guys have been training together, working so hard all season to put themselves in this position where they would get four finalists in every event,” Crescenta Valley boys’ Coach Jan Sakonju said. “To have that depth certainly gave them a huge advantage, but they also thrive off that competition, they love to compete and they love to work together. It’s been a fantastic season.”

On the boys’ side, Crescenta Valley was led by double-winners Young Tae Seo and Harrison Thai, who have both turned in outstanding freshman campaigns thus far.

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