Already one of the most decorated individual high school swimmers in area lore in his first two years at Crescenta Valley High, the one achievement that had eluded Young Tae Seo was a CIF Southern Section Division II team championship.
It wasn't for lack of motivation or focus on the task, says Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju.
"That's the great thing about him, [the CIF team title] has actually been his goal since he was a freshman, to get us there," Sakonju says. "He's always been very team-oriented. You don't always get that in such an individualized sport, but he's always pushed for our team to excel and that's what also makes him a special athlete."
Seo has always displayed the ability and willingness to use his stunning individual talent for the greater good of the team — with Pacific League team titles and top-three team finishes in CIF highlighting his first two years as a Falcon — but never so much as in his junior season.