Solo standouts shined bright

August 14, 2010|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — The top-10 individual performances by an athlete in an individual setting from the 2009-10 season were selected by the sportswriters of the Glendale News-Press.

1Young Tae Seo closes out first year in style at CIF Masters Meet, May 18, 2010 — Seo, the All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year, instantly made a name for himself in the pool.

Winning Pacific League and CIF championships were one thing, but Seo had something else in mind — cap his superb season by grabbing the spotlight at the Masters Meet at Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach.


All eyes were on Seo, who won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute 50.71 seconds and then captured the 500 in 4:32.91.

"I feel pretty good winning both events," Seo said following the Masters Meet, which features the top two finishers per event from each divisional championship meet, plus the top 24 fastest times overall from the divisional meets, in head-to-head competition. "Today, I feel really tired, though. I had Sunday off and then two days later I had to do a meet, so I was off a little.

"I did really good without tapering, but next year I'm going to try and get a CIF record, that's all I want."

2Young Tae Seo dominates at CIF Southern Section Division I finals, May 15, 2010 — Having already proven to be one of the elite swimmers in the Pacific League, Seo made his inaugural appearance at Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach for the Division I finals in front of a packed house.

Blocking out all distractions, Seo clocked 1 minute 50.14 seconds to win the 200-yard individual medley.

The All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year then turned in a mark of 4:27.38 to take second in the 500 freestyle, in addition to helping Crescenta Valley's 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams take second and fifth, respectively. Crescenta Valley finished second behind Oaks Christian.

"It feels good, but I thought I could go a little faster," Seo said. "I tried to go 1:48 and break the [division] record, but I still have three more years [to do that].

"I felt really good in the freestyle, I bumped it up. I had a lot of energy kicking and I tried to use more kicks."

3Andrea Kropp concludes high school swimming career on winning note, May 14, 2010 — Kropp, a senior and a two-time All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year, couldn't have asked for a better way to end her stellar high school career.

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