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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy wins Mission League outright in consecutive years

Swimming: Tologs don't share Mission League championship with another dominating win in league finale.

April 18, 2013|By Andrew Shortall
  • The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swim team celebrated repeating in Mission League outright by jumping in the pool after a dual meet with Chaminade.
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swim team celebrated… (Andrew Shortall/Staff )

LOS ANGELES — Steve Bergen let his Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swim team know he isn't the sharing type before its final Mission League dual meet of the season.

While Sacred Heart had earned itself a share of the league title with a win over Alemany Tuesday, the Tologs coach told the team in a pre-meet, pump-up speech that he intended to be the sole champion — just like last year — on Thursday.

It turned out the Tologs needed little motivation against a considerably smaller Chaminade squad, as they won nine of 11 events and had two of the top-three finishers in all eight of the individual events for a 117-40 victory over Chaminade at Loyola High.

"We have a lot of respect for everybody in this league and to be able to go 5-0 — four of those wins in the last 10 days — has been really special for us," said Bergen, whose team went an undefeated 5-0 in league and is 7-0 overall. "It was really nice for us to not share, we respect other teams, but we don't want to share when we don't have to."

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Winning league for the third time in four years and doing so outright in consecutive years, the Tologs have solidified their position back on top of the stacked Mission League.

"Last year it was more surprising, but this year we knew we had to work really hard to get it," Sacred Heart's Kirsten Vose said. "It's still surprising that we won, it's a really good feeling that we won it twice."

Vose and Kate Herrill led the Tologs Thursday and showed there could be plenty more titles in line for them, as the respective sophomore-freshman combination won a pair of individual events each.

"We've got a young team and we have some more freshmen on varsity, like Clare Lund and Mary Farley," Herrill said of chances of a three-peat in league. "We're looking forward to a great three or four years, I'm really excited."

The duo also played a big role in the Tologs' relays. The two teamed with Emily Balog and Katie Altmayer for a nearly 12-second win in the 200-yard medley relay in one minute 54.15 seconds.

Vose and Altmayer also worked with Haley Shewfelt and Farley for a win in the 200-freestyle relay (1:47.51), while Herrill sparked the 400-freestyle relay team of Balog, Farley and Lund to a win in 3:59.38.

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