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Falcons domination

Swimming: Falcons clinch outright league titles easily, but boys' haul of new records is highlight.

May 06, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

BURBANK — For the members of the Crescenta Valley High boys' swimming team, Thursday's Pacific League final meet was about more than just beating the swimmers in the adjacent lanes — which the Falcons accomplished handily in winning all 11 events.

This star-studded rendition of the perennial league power had its sights set on chasing down history and that meant racing against the league's best of the best from years past, as well.

"They wanted to make a statement not only that they were the best team this year, but that they were the best team in the history of the Pacific League," Crescenta Valley boys' Coach Jan Sakonju said.

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By the time the waters had settled at Burbank High, the Falcons had performed an extensive rewrite on the league's record book, breaking marks in seven total events and coming within four tenths of a second of an eighth in the day's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, all while easily outpacing second-place Arcadia, 548-335.

"To be able to break that many [league records] all in one day really shows how much talent our top-level guys have," Sakonju said, "and that point difference just shows how deep the talent runs."

Crescenta Valley's girls' team once again quietly asserted its depth and versatility in posting its own wide margin of victory with 538 points to the Apaches' 365 despite claiming just two first-place finishes on the day.

"It's kind of been our trademark, we didn't have a lot of first places, but we had a lot of depth and lot of points," Falcons girls' co-Coach Pete Loporchio said. "They understand the importance of relying on each other and coming together as a team."

The Falcons boys' and girls' squads both finished as outright league champs by virtue of Thursday's wins after already having clinched at least a share of their 19th and fourth straight league titles, respectively, at the dual-meet finale at Arcadia on April 27.

Crescenta Valley's boys' core trio of junior Louis Wojciechowski and sophomores Young Tae Seo and Harrison Thai now have their names in well over half the events in the league record book, as all three doubled and broke records in individual events and swam on the record-breaking 200-freestyle relay team.

Wojciechowski won the 100 butterfly in 49.97 seconds, smashing the pervious mark of 50.59, and the 200 freestyle in 1:39.55 (1:40.71).

"I was really happy with my swims," Wojciechowski said. "The 200 free wasn't my best time, but I was just aiming to go under 1:40."

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