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Crescenta Valley High swimmer Young Tae Seo adds to legendary career

Despite falling short of expectations, Seo adds to his legendary career at Crescenta Valley with four Pacific League, two CIF championship swims.

August 06, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High senior Young Tae Seo, was named the All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High senior Young Tae Seo, was named…

It wasn’t the perfect senior year Young Tae Seo may have dreamed of as an underclassman at Crescenta Valley High.

After seeing stark improvement in each of his first three seasons with the Falcons boys’ swimming team and enjoying what he called “the best high school year ever” as a junior in 2012, there was little opportunity for CV and Seo to top it in 2013.

“I could see why he’s disappointed in the year because of the high expectations he puts upon himself,” Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said.

Goals were set at the very top for Seo’s final high school season after the dramatic ending to his junior year.

After placing in the top three in CIF the past two years, Crescenta Valley won the 400-yard freestyle relay by less than half a second over Damien, the runner-up in the meet as well, last year. Seo anchored the final race of the day to secure the program’s first CIF Southern Section title since 2000 in Division II.

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The best Seo, who won four CIF and league titles in 2012, could hope for himself and his Falcons was to keep pace and pull off a repeat over newly-favored Los Osos. CV knew it’d be a tough road to another championship after graduating Louis Wojciechowski, but the trek became much more daunting when news came out that Michael Forbes transferred from Damien to Los Osos.

While CV fought valiantly, it came up short in a runner-up finish to Los Osos, 285-234, to secure its fourth top-three and second top-two finish in CIF in Seo’s career. Seo and the Falcons may not have finished on top in 2013, but it’s not to say they didn’t have their share of high points.

“I could have done better, but it was my fault that I didn’t train enough,” Seo said of his season. “I could have done more in training, could have done more in practices and could have been more focused. Everyone says I am a legend, but I think one [individual] championship at CIF isn’t going to make a legend, I think you need more than one.”

Despite not living up to his own expectations, Seo’s accomplishments were unrivaled in the area yet again this year and led to his fourth straight unanimous All-Area Boys’ Swimmer of the Year selection, as voted by the sports writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

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