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Flintridge Prep boys' swim dominates way to Prep League title

Swimming: Rebels' boys win nine of 11 events, Langen earns co-MVP honors for girls.

April 27, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep's Marco Flores was named co-MVP of the Prep League after winning two individual events and helping the Rebels set two records at the Prep League Swimming Finals.
Flintridge Prep's Marco Flores was named co-MVP… (Libby Cline )

PASADENA — After finishing a disappointing third at the Prep League Swimming Finals a year ago, winning wouldn't simply be enough for the Flintridge Prep boys' team Saturday.

The Rebels owned the meet by winning nine of the 11 events and setting two new pool records en route to 374 points for a victory that secured them the league title Saturday at Pasadena Poly.

It vindicated Flintridge Prep from a disappointing showing at the league finals a year ago when it trailed first-place Chadwick by 22 points with two races to go before slipping to third. The Rebels not only won it this year, but left no doubt about who the dominant team was.

“It was pretty devastating, we were kind of heartbroken at the end,” Rebels Coach Ryan Goto said of last year. “This year, day one we sat down and thought about the goals we had planned, what we wanted to do this season and I think we are really coming through on what he promised ourselves.”

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Second-place Webb trailed Prep by 125 points, Pasadena Poly (213) and Chadwick placed third and fourth, respectively.

“We wanted to come out and show that Flintridge Prep had a really strong team, and we’re going to have a strong team for the next couple of years because we’re only graduating a couple seniors,” Goto said.

Flintridge Prep started the meet by setting a meet and pool record in the 200-yard medley relay. The group’s — Marco Flores, Kevin Park, Bruce Park and Carlo Sivilotti — time of 1 minute, .71 seconds bested the previous record by .09 of a second.

“We came in and all dropped and got the meet and pool record,” Flores said. “That one we didn't even know about, but when we heard we were so excited.”

Inspired by that performance, Flores then checked what the pool record was for the 100 breaststroke, which was 1:01.62 and set by former Pasadena Poly standout Andrew Saeta in 2009.

“I went and looked at the records and thought I could get it, that’s what motivated me,” said Flores, who was named co-MVP of the meet.

The junior was right, as he went on to win and set a new pool record in the breaststroke of 1:01.12. Flores also went on to win the 200 individual medley in 2:01.03.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” Flores said of his record-setting win, which was also a personal best. “I didn’t back off, I attacked it from the start and if I died, I died. I just went after it.”

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