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Crescenta Valley High swimming rewrites Pacific League record books

Swimming: Crescenta Valley adds to league-championship streaks with impressive individual performances on both sides.

May 02, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Young Tae Seo had his hand in setting three new Pacific League records at league finals at Burbank High. The senior leaves the league holding seven of the league records.
Crescenta Valley's Young Tae Seo had his hand in… (Libby Cline )

BURBANK — Young Tae Seo couldn't have left the Pacific League any better.

The dominant force on the Crescenta Valley High boys' swimming team the last four years wanted to leave a lasting impact on the league and he did just that, having a hand in setting three new league records — two individual and one relay — at league finals Thursday at Burbank High.

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In his curtain call to the league, Seo left his name in the record books seven of the 11 league events when he swam the leadoff leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final race of the tournament. The senior swam the leadoff leg in 46.78 seconds, which beat a 1999 league record in the 100 freestyle.

“Part of his goal today was to achieve that and leave his mark,” Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said of Seo’s record-setting day.

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The Falcons also went on to win the 400-free relay, which included senior Harrison Thai, Eric Park and Edward Yi, in 3:12.61.

“This race they really cap off a phenomenal career for both Young Tae and Harrison,” Sakonju said. “It’s bittersweet to see the last one, but we still have CIF to get ready for and look forward to.”

Seo also started the day on a dominant note when he teamed with Thai, Yi and Jacob Ksendov for a new standard in the 200-medley relay (1:35.98). It bested a mark Thai and Seo had helped set three years ago (1:37.80) by nearly two seconds.

“We’ve had great success at CIF and league is always a good gauge,” said Thai, who helped the Falcons take first in CIF Southern Section Division II last year, “and to beat the previous record by so much is a pretty good indicator we’re ready for CIF.”

Thai and Seo also each set an individual record, with Seo setting a new mark in the 100 butterfly (49.90) and Thai updating a record he’d set in 200 individual medley (1:51.29).

“It was an old one so we wanted to make a new record,” Seo said of the medley relay. “Every year, we always want to make new records and break old ones.”

Not far off from Seo’s seven league records is Thai with five. Seo had previously set the 500 freestyle (4:30.61 in 2011), 100 breaststroke (58.19 in 2011), 200-freestyle relay (1:26.19 in 2011 with Thai) and 400-freestyle relay records (3:10.06 in 2012 with Thai and Yi). Thai holds the 100 backstroke record (51.16 in 2012).

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