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Tologs set records, rack up titles

Swimming: Behind double-winner Vose, Sacred Heart enjoys successful day at Mission League finals.

May 01, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

VALLEY GLEN — While the Mission League team swimming championship won by Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy was built on depth and strategy, Tuesday's league finals were all about speed.

The Tologs showed they had plenty to burn at Los Angeles Valley College in the non-scored final meet that determined individual championships by event for individuals and relay squads.

Sacred Heart won five total titles on the day, including two individual crowns won by freshman Kirsten Vose in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Freshman Katie Altmayer also won an individual title in the 200 freestyle and the freshmen duo helped the Tologs capture a pair of relay titles, along with Meg Ryan and Emily Balog, in meet-record times.

""It's really nice to think that we're the fastest that's ever happened [in league], it's really nice and it's exciting," said Altmayer, who swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay and led off the 400-freestyle relay. "The relays were really the highlight of the day for me."

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The first three swimming events of the day resulted in championships for Sacred Heart, beginning with the 200-medley relay team, which held true to its top-seeded form from Monday's prelims in opening the meet with a win in a finals-record 1 minute 50.08 seconds that was also an automatic CIF qualification time.

"It was pretty exciting," said Vose, who helped the team cut 2.30 seconds off its prelim time and best the previous meet mark of 1:51.71. "We got out good on the first [relay], so it just kept us pumped up for the whole [meet]."

Ryan opened up a lead on the backstroke leg, which only grew during Vose's breaststroke stint. It was Altmayer who removed all doubt, however, during her dominant butterfly leg. Balog had only the clock to race against in freestyle, as she entered the race with a lead of nearly half the length of the pool.

"I felt really good and really strong," Altmayer said. "I had a good start off of Kirsten's breaststroke."

Altmayer then came right back to win a title in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.15. Alemany's Caitlyn Lozano stuck with Altmayer through the first turn, but fell a body length behind by the end of the lap before eventually finishing more than four seconds behind in 2:00.40.

"I wish I had started out a little faster," said Altmayer, who had a prelim time of 1:56.30. "The back half was definitely a little better than yesterday, but I was hoping to get out a little faster and be able to hold it."

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