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Seo, CV fare well

Swimming: Falcons put together solid showing at DII preliminaries.

May 15, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

LONG BEACH — With five swimmers qualifying for the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division II swimming and diving championships in six different events at Friday’s Division II prelims at Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach, the Crescenta Valley High boys’ swimming team officially put its name into the title conversation.

And with all three of its relay teams qualifying with strong swims on Friday, as well, the Falcons are looking more and more like a dark horse contender for the final meet, which will take place at 4 p.m. today at the same venue.

Crescenta Valley, which last won a CIF title in 2000 under Coach Pete Loporchio, will still be considered underdogs to La Cañada, which has won the last four Division II crowns, and Oaks Christian, winner of four straight between Divisions III and IV before finishing runner-up to La Canada last season, its first in Division II.


“Oaks Christian had a phenomenal day today and going into the meet I think they’re probably the strong favorite,” Crescenta Valley boys’ Coach Jan Sakonju said. “La Cañada also had a phenomenal day today. But we’re in the hunt, the guys are focused on just getting personal-bests and we’ll see what happens in the meet. Crazy things happen in those championship meets, so who knows. If we can just get our points to where something crazy happens and we can slip in, we’ll take it.”

Freshman Young Tae Seo had a banner day for Crescenta Valley, setting new school records in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle and emerging as the top qualifier in both.

Seo was first in the 200 IM in 1 minute 50.79 seconds, over four seconds faster than his seed time, and nearly a second faster than top-seeded Scott Farley of San Marino’s prelim time of 1:51.77. He came back to lead all qualifiers in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:30.95.

“I was certainly hoping for it and I think that was something he was focused on too, he wanted to be a top qualifier,” Sakonju said of Seo. “He knows the guys from the other schools and he’s raced against them many times, so he wanted to have that vantage point of seeing them on his left and his right.

“It’s fun to see him get excited, because normally during the year he doesn’t have much competition and here he’s got guys that are really pushing him.”

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