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Falcons rule Pacific League relays

Swimming: CV boys' and girls' team turn in wins in exhibition of relay strength.

March 16, 2012|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press

BURBANK — Jan Sakonju didn't want to upset opponents with his answer.

Instead, one of his top swimmers was the one to provide the bulletin board material.

"We have to let them know who we are," Crescenta Valley High boys' swimmer Young Tae Seo said after the first Pacific League relays of the season. "We're CV. We're going to win by a lot."

Although Friday's relays at Burbank High had no impact in the race for the league title, Seo and his teammates sent a message to the rest of the league that they're well on their way to a 20th consecutive league championship.

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Crescenta Valley's boys' varsity team won six relays and was disqualified in one other, as it accumulated 48 points en route to defeating Arcadia, 94-75. Glendale had 26 points and Hoover had eight. The relays took into account points scored on the junior varsity level, as well.

"We tried to send a message to league about how far we are," Seo said.

Added Sakonju: "It was a message to us. We wanted to perform well here. We want to prove to ourselves that we're going to compete to be the best."

The Falcons were the best team on the girls' side, as well.

Despite winning two relays to Arcadia's four, the Falcons took second place in the five other varsity races they didn't win in totaling 46 points. With the wins on varsity, Arcadia had 47 points, but Crescenta Valley defeated Arcadia, 84-75, in the total competition. Glendale was sixth with 25 points and Hoover was seventh with nine points.

"I think [Arcadia] was trying to prove that they could have an opportunity to win [league]," Falcon girls' swimmer Cameron Campbell said. "They do have competitors who can bring competition to us. We do have to watch out for them, but at the same time, I'm confident in our team."

Even though Arcadia won twice the number of events as the Falcons on the varsity level, Crescenta Valley Coach Pete Loporchio knows dual meets in league provide a different dynamic.

"It's different in a dual meet," he said. "I would compare it to playing Arena Football and football in Canada and football in the NFL.

"The relays give us an evaluation and where we're at. In a dual meet, we're more confident."

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