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Kropp reclaims her crown

Former Girls' Swimmer of the Year repeats feat in her stellar senior season that included league title and a CIF win.

August 02, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • Andrea Kropp is the 2010 All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year.
Andrea Kropp is the 2010 All-Area Girls' Swimmer… (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

Something was noticeably missing from the area's high school swimming scene last season when one of its brightest stars in recent memory, Andrea Kropp, took a year off from competing for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming team.

Apparently, something was missing for Kropp, too, during her absence from Mission League and CIF meets.

"I really missed swimming my junior year," Kropp says. "It was a really hard decision [not to swim].

"Coming back for my senior year wasn't even a question. I was like, 'I have to swim.'"

It was exciting news for the Tologs, particularly for incoming Coach Steve Bergen.

"When I took the job, I was certainly hopeful she was going to come back, but I didn't know," Bergen says. "By November, she had let me know she was going to come back and swim her senior year. As a school community, we were overjoyed with that."


Sacred Heart began the season with high anticipation of the success the return of its star swimmer would bring, and Kropp didn't disappoint.

The 2007 All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year, who led the Tologs to a runner-up finish in CIF Southern Section Division II and won three total CIF titles her freshman year before returning to spearhead a second straight undefeated league title as a sophomore, certainly hadn't forgotten how to win at the prep level.

"I was pretty confident I would be able to mesh back into the team," Kropp says. "I was just really excited more than anything."

Kropp's value to her team this year was immeasurable, but most clearly defined by the Tologs' ascendance back to the top of the Mission League, where they had finished runner-up to Alemany the year before.

And as an individual, Kropp reasserted herself anew at every meet she competed in, all the way to the CIF Division I meet on May 14, where she impressively added one last CIF crown to her collection.

For these accomplishments, Kropp was unanimously voted 2010 All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, La Cañada Valley Sun and Burbank Leader.

"I honestly don't think I could have improved on anything," says Kropp, who this season broke school records in the 200-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, as well as her own mark in the 200 breaststroke. "I felt completely happy with what I did."

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