Seo continues his days of dominance

Crescenta Valley's Young Tae Seo is determined to come back stronger than ever in his senior campaign next year.

July 01, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

While the CIF Southern Section Division II Swimming and Diving Championships ended in disappointment for the Crescenta Valley High boys' swimming team — by their own ambitious standards, at least — the third-place Falcons didn't let their thoughts linger on defeat for very long.

"We were already talking about it at the [CIF] meet," Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said of the Falcons returners' collective vision for an even more impressive campaign next season after claiming the third spot in Division II this year. "It's never too early."

Chief among next year's returning class is junior-to-be Young Tae Seo and if, as Sakonju says, Seo is already locking in on a new set of goals for next season, it can only bode well for the program's overall fortunes.


If it seems implausible that Seo could top his myriad triumphs of the just-completed campaign, which included multiple Pacific League, CIF divisional and Masters Meet titles, one only need note how he was able to one-up his sensational freshman debut in almost every facet this season.

"Freshman year was a brand new year, I didn't know anything that was going on," Seo said. "The big difference [this season] was that my times got faster and I broke school records."

Faster times and school records barely scratch the surface of the depth of Seo's body of work this season.

Between relays and individual events, he won four Pacific League titles (one more than last season), three Division II titles (two more than last year) and made a Masters curtain call that included three Masters medals (one more than last year).

Records fell left and right in Seo's wake, including three total marks obliterated at the Pacific League finals at Burbank High on May 5, where the Falcons clinched their 19th title in a row outright in a landslide, three more smashed at the CIF finals and two new standards set at the Masters Meet.

Seo's freshman debut earned him a unanimous selection as 2010 All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year. No one was able to rival Seo's accomplishments this season and, having thoroughly exceeded his own template for dominance, Seo was an easy choice once again for the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun to bestow with the All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year honor for the second year in a row.

Sakonju credits Seo's relentless drive to win and conquer new heights for his marked improvement this season.

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