Masters presents ‘fun’ finale

Swimming: Falcons, Tologs and Nitros make today’s Masters cut.

May 18, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — It took the better part of a week, ending with the last of the divisional finals on Saturday, to establish the top boys’ and girls’ swimmers from each of the four divisions in the CIF Southern Section.

Over the course of several hours this evening at Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach, those top qualifiers will compete head to head to establish sectional supremacy at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Masters Tournament, a timed-finals format meet featuring a field of the top two performers per event from each division final in addition to the next fastest 16 swimmers per event across all divisions.

The swimming portion of the meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy senior Andrea Kropp will be seeded in the top four in two individual events and the Crescenta Valley High boys’ team, which finished runner-up in Division II on Saturday, will have several swimmers competing, including freshman Young Tae Seo, who is a top-three seed in two individual events and a third-seeded relay squad.


“This one is for fun, there’s a lot less pressure, you just kind of go for it,” Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said. “They’re also having a chance to swim with the elite of Southern California. Every year we’ve got guys going off to NCAAs and great athletes they get to swim against. [Masters] is a great experience.”

Seo, who won the Division II title in the 200-yard individual medley on Saturday, is seeded second in that event tonight with a seed time of 1 minute 50.14 seconds. Alwin Firmansyah of Cerritos (Division III) is the top seed (1:49.71).

Seo will also take another shot at winning a title in the 500 freestyle, where he finished second on Saturday.

He is the third seed (4:27.38) in the 500 freestyle behind Division II champion Brennan Jacobsen (4:24.82) of Sonora and Division I Mission Viejo’s Jon Daniec (4:22.24).

But first, Seo and seniors Chris Veselich and Jason Kim and freshman Harrison Thai will chase a title as the Falcons’ 200-medley relay team (1:35.65), seeded third behind Division II champion Oaks Christian (1:34.73) and Corona del Mar (1:33.26) of Division I.

“I just want to go faster than [finals] in the 200 IM and just try to go fast in the 500 free,” Seo said. “Our relay goal is to break the old school record.”

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