So's Trojans take 3rd at NCAAs

Former All-Area Swimmer of the Year swims at nationals

Brusokas named school's athlete of the week.

March 22, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Yumi So (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) USC women's swimming sophomore: As the Trojans finished with a third-place mark at the NCAA Championships over the weekend, So also concluded an excellent sophomore campaign.

She finished 20th overall with a preliminary time of 1 minute 57.54 seconds as an individual consolation finalist in the 100-yard butterfly.


The Trojans, keyed by All-American's Katinka Hosszu and Lyndsay DePaul, took third with 351 points for their best NCAA finals finish since another third-place swim in 2003. Cal took first with 424, while Georgia was second with 394.5 points. Another Crescenta Valley High graduate, Sara Sun, is a Cal team member, but did not take part in the NCAA finals, which ran March 17-19 in Austin, Texas.

So was 11th in the fly in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, which concluded Feb. 26.

Heather Brusokas (Glendale High, 2006) Davenport University softball senior: Another torrid offensive season is under way for Brusokas, as she was bestowed her university's female athlete of the week on Monday thanks to a huge weekend at the plate.

During a 3-1 week for the Panthers, Brusokas hit .538 with a home run, a triple, two doubles and three runs batted in.

The shortstop leads the Panthers (9-12) with a .400 batting average, more than 100 points better than her nearest teammate. She's started in all 21 of her team's games and leads the team with 21 runs, 26 hits, four doubles, three triples, six home runs, 15 runs batted in and seven stolen bases.

Davenport returns to action on Friday for a doubleheader against host Rio Grande of Ohio.

Garrett Salzman (St. Francis High, 2008) Macalester College baseball junior: The Glendale native spent his spring break piling up big-time stats for Macalester during a 5-5 stint at the Greater Phoenix Invitational.

He led the team during the stretch with a .406 batting average, tallying 13 hits in 32 at-bats. He also tied for the team-high with eight runs batted in during the trip — which has made up the team's entire season so far.

His most impressive offensive performance thus far was on March 14, as Macalester defeated Central, 9-1, and Salzman went three for five with a run and four RBIs.

Salzman's .406 average leads the team, which is currently 5-5. He's scored six runs, tallied 13 hits, including four doubles, and the catcher has made one error for a .971 fielding percentage.

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