Seo spectacular at CIF

Once again, CV sophomore proved dominant in both the CIF and Masters.

August 11, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — The top-10 individual performances by an athlete in an individual setting from the 2010-11 season were selected by the sportswriters of the Glendale News-Press.

1 Young Tae Seo shatters and impresses again at CIF Southern Section Division II finals, May 14 — No matter the significance of the event or meet, the standout Crescenta Valley High sophomore boys' swimmer came prepared to win. Seo, the reigning All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year, did more than his share of winning.

From the start, Seo was ready to meet all challenges.

At the Division II finals at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza pool, Seo came set looking to break records and lead the Falcons to a title. Though Crescenta Valley finished third in the competition, Seo was a part of three record-breaking performances. Seo collected two CIF individual titles and another as part of the 200-yard medley relay.


Seo worked with teammates Harrison Thai, Andrew De Jong and Louis Wojciechowski in breaking their own division record in the 200 medley relay, winning in 1 minute 33.79 seconds. That mark eclipsed the time of 1:34:23 the quartet set in the prelims the previous day.

Seo accomplished two more marks, starting in the 200 individual medley. He won the event in 1:48.38, shattering the mark of 1:48.83 by Darren Ward of Sonora in 1987.

Seo continued to push himself in front of a packed crowd in the indoor facility. He recorded a time of 55.81 in the 100 breaststroke. Seo owned the record (55.88) the day before and took his swimming to another plateau.

"He's always been motivated," Crescenta Valley boys' Coach Jan Sakonju said. "He wants to be the best at all of the races. He certainly pushes himself."

2 Young Tae Seo closes out spectacular season at CIF Masters Meet, May, 17 — Fresh off excelling at the CIF Southern Section Division II finals in Long Beach, Seo reached back one last time at the Masters Meet.

Seo concluded his record-breaking sophomore campaign with three titles after picking up Pacific League and Division II crowns.

Seo took the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute 50.35 seconds.

Seo also showed he could work well with his teammates, as he was part of the 200-medley relay team that won their race in 1:35.58 at Irvine's William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.

"My mind set is to always win," said Seo, who grouped with Harrison Thai, Andrew De Jong and Louis Wojciechowski in the 200-medley relay and took second in the 100 backstroke (56.93). "I hate to lose."

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