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Rose Bowl Aquatic Swim Club relies on local talent on national stage

Swimming: Five locals lead Rose Bowl women, Glendale High graduate Mowry also wins race.

August 03, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

When the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center women’s club swimming team took to the National Club Swimming Assn. Summer Championships, it relied on five locals to guide them near the top of the standings Saturday.

Three Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and two Crescenta Valley High swimmers keyed the Rose Bowl’s runner-up finish on the women’s side at the week-long event at Indiana University. The quintet provided three victories in the club’s national win.

Glendale High graduate Mickey Mowry helped the men’s Rose Bowl team take seventh at the prestigious meet.

It was Kate Herrill who provided the biggest boost for the Rose Bowl Aquatic Swim team, as she provided her club squad with a pair of top-two individual finishes and was a part of a winning relay team.

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The incoming Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy sophomore won the 100-meter breaststroke Wednesday and finished runner-up in the 50 breast Thursday in one minute 10.93 seconds and 33.24, respectively.

Herrill also teamed with Crescenta Valley sophomores Heather MacDougall, Tiare Coker and San Marino High’s Kailyn Koh to win the final race of the meet, the 400-medley relay, in 4:21.32 on Saturday.

“This is actually the first time I have won at this high level of a meet,” said Herrill, whose 100 breast time set a meet record. “I have won at Junior Olympics and all that stuff, but nothing like Junior Nationals, that was great.”

Herrill dropped more than half a second off her prelim time of 1:12.44 earlier that day to win the 100 breast.

“I knew what I needed to improve for finals, so I just worked that out with my coach and we talked about what we needed to change to get the win. I just made the improvements and it worked,” she said. “That race wasn’t my fastest time and it wasn’t the time I wanted to go, but I was just happy to get first. I was able to go out fast. I touched first and was able to bring it home.”

In doing so, Herrill topped a teammate two times over in Kirsten Vose. The fellow Rose Bowl and Tolog swimmer was fourth in the 100 (1:12.54) and 12th in the 50 breast (34.37).

It was quite the feat for Herrill, considering Vose won the 100-yard breaststroke at this past CIF Southern Section Division I finals in 1:02.57. Herrill took fifth in 1:03.81.

“Kirsten and I, we are always racing each other in every event basically,” Herrill said. “Sometimes she wins, sometimes I win, it just switches off.”

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