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Flintridge Sacred Heart swimming claims titles, records at Mission League Finals

Swimming: Tologs take six titles, five school, three meet records at Mission League Finals, behind Vose's standout day.

April 30, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

VALLEY GLEN — After proving to be the best team in the Mission League by winning its second league crown in a row, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming squad was out for individual glory at the Mission League Finals.

All together, the Tologs won six of 11 league titles, set five new school and three new meet records, including a league record, Tuesday at L.A. Valley College. Sacred Heart’s Kirsten Vose had the finest showing, as she won four league titles and had a hand in all three meet records.

“The girls made the commitment they wanted to go after a few of [the records],” Tologs Coach Steve Bergen said. “It was what they intended to do and the way they swam yesterday [at the prelims], I had confidence it was definitely possible.”

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Vose teamed with Kate Herrill, Emily Balog and Katie Altmayer for a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of one minute, 36.95 seconds — a school, league and meet record and All-American mark.

“We’d been working for that all season,” Altmayer said. “We were just a little off yesterday and everyone just pulled together and put the fastest relay together we’ve ever had by far.”

After coming just shy in prelims, Vose went on to set new records in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.82) and 200 individual medley (2:03.94). Her medley time broke the five-year-old meet record set by former Chaminade swimmer Meghan Hawthorne (2:04.10) and the breaststroke bested former Tologs standout Andrea Kropp’s time of 1:04.39 at the 2010 finals.

“That was my goal, for the IM and breaststroke, to try and break them,” Vose said. “I wasn’t positive I could go that fast, but I’m really happy that I succeeded. …These are the best times, the best I’ve ever gone my whole life.”

Altmayer, Haley Shewfelt, Mary Farley and Vose teamed up for another title in the 400-freestyle relay (3:42.21), with Altmayer also setting a 100-yard freestyle school record with a leadoff-leg record time of 52.65. The Tologs’ Balog, Herrill, Shewfelt and Farley also won the 200-medley relay (1:53.93).

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