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Seo, 'Wojo' make a splash

Pair of CV aquatics standouts have plenty of CIF success in banner seasons.

August 09, 2011|By Mario Aguirre, mario.aguirre@latimes.com

The top-10 male high school athletes of the school year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2-10. See the Aug. 16 edition for the Male Athlete of the Year.

2 — Young Tae Seo, Crescenta Valley swimming, sophomore

Continuing his ascension as one of the premiere high school swimmers, Young Tae Seo capped a stellar sophomore campaign with four Pacific League titles (one more than last season), three CIF Southern Section Division II titles (two more than last year) and three Masters Meet medals (one more than last season).

"Freshman year was a brand new year, I didn't know anything that was going on," said Seo, who was selected as the All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. "The big difference [this season] was that my times got faster and I broke school records."

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Of his four Pacific League crowns, Seo set records in three of those at the league finals at Burbank High in May, where the Falcons clinched their 19th consecutive title in a landslide. And he also set records in all three CIF title races he won.

"Obviously he's talented and he's fast, he wins his events and he's setting league records and division records," said Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju. "But I feel I was just privileged to coach him because he's not only got the talent, he's got the work ethic and that to me is such an important component of a champion. I can't think of a single person on the team, or maybe in the history of our program, that has more of a drive to become better than Young Tae."

The Falcons placed third in the CIF Southern Section Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.

3 — Louis Wojciechowski, Crescenta Valley swimming and water polo, junior

Wojciechowski won the state championship in the 100-yard backstroke as a sophomore in Arizona. But he transferred in order to play water polo because Arizona does not offer it as a sanctioned high school sport.

Crescenta Valley High landed a gem in Wojciechowski, who flourished in both sports and helped the water polo team reach the CIF semifinals.

"It's a little different because it's not all focused on you; you have other people helping you out," Wojciechowski said this past season. "I actually enjoy water polo as a team, rather than just like individual swimming."

Wojciechowski, who was the team's second-leading scorer, was named an All-Area and All-CIF pick. He collected 57 goals, 37 steals and 19 assists.

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