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Crescenta Valley swimming takes down rival, picks up title

Swimming: Falcons boys claim share of 21st straight, as girls join in on rivalry win.

April 23, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Iva Icheva, far right, won two individual events in a Pacific League dual meet with Arcadia.
Crescenta Valley High's Iva Icheva, far right,… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

ARCADIA — Each year the Crescenta Valley High swim teams look forward to their dual meet with Pacific League rival Arcadia.

While the Falcons can usually count on the Apaches giving them their stiffest competition in league, it's not to say it's dramatic. Crescenta Valley dominated on both sides in its league dual meet finale Tuesday at Arcadia, as the Falcons boys and girls posted 114-56 and 119-51 victories, respectively.

“There's that ongoing rivalry, Arcadia is still a quality team,” Crescenta Valley boys' Coach Jan Sakonju said. “They pushed our [junior varsity teams] today and they pushed us, too. We had to swim hard to do what we need to do. That rivalry match brings a little extra incentive.”

The wins ensure both Falcons squads will be at least co-champions in the Pacific League coming into the league finals May 2 at Burbank High, as each finish the regular season with identical league records of 6-1-1, 5-0 in league.

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Crescenta Valley's boys, who won a share of their 21st straight league title, used Tuesday as a chance to prepare for the league and CIF Southern Section Division II meets.

The Falcons intentionally spread things out Tuesday, as no one won more than one individual event. CV's star seniors, Young Tae Seo and Harrison Thai, did win an individual event each and at least one relay, while Eddie Gallehugh had his hand in two relay victories and the 100-yard freestyle (50.43 seconds).

With automatic CIF Southern Section Division II times already in place for Thai and Seo, Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju used them to push their teammates to getting CIF times and stepping into a bigger role.

“They know how fast they need to go so well that they were pacing some of their teammates to try and pull them in,” Sakonju said of Thai and Seo. “That's the other nice thing, our guys are encouraging the guys who are not always in the spotlight to try and get them to go to that next level.”

The meet started with Seo and Thai just edging their teammates.

Seo (1:53.86) picked up a narrow win over Gallehugh (1:54.40) in the 200 freestyle.

Thai then just edged teammate Eric Park (2:02.88) in the 200 individual medley (2:02.82). Thai (23.05) was then knocked off in the 50 freestyle by Jacob Ksendov, who took first in 23.03.

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