Flintridge Prep's Madison Witt dives to the top

Diving sensation was an All-American, CIF champion, while Falcons standouts did plenty, as well.

August 16, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • Flintridge Prep's Madison Witt upset Pasadena Poly's Anika Lenz to win a CIF Southern Section Division III diving title and earn herself No. 2 on the Glendale News-Press top 10 female list. (Raul Roa/File Photo)
Flintridge Prep's Madison Witt upset Pasadena…

The top-10 female high school athletes from the 2012-13 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2-10. See the Thursday edition for the Female Athlete of the Year.

2 Madison Witt, Flintridge Prep swimming, sophomore – The diving phenom picked up the biggest victory of her prep career when she upset three-time defending CIF Southern Section champion Anika Lenz of Pasadena Poly at the Division III Diving Finals at Riverside Community College on May 7.

Witt outlasted the UCLA-bound Lenz (486.75) by scoring 538 points in capturing the title. The victory snapped a five-match losing streak to Lenz and also helped Witt later garner All-American honors.

Previous to the Division III championship, Witt finished runner-up to Lenz at the Prep League finals at Pasadena Poly on April 27.

“I wasn’t expecting to win; I was just hoping to get top three, that was my goal,” Witt said at Riverside. “Winning was just the cherry on top for me.”


3 Gabriel Isacson, Crescenta Valley High water polo, senior — Cinderella wore a skull cap in 2013 as the Falcons goalie, who only began playing water polo five years earlier, was named the All-Area Player of the Year after a stout season and stellar postseason run.

Isacson totaled 228 saves, along with 19 steals and 18 assists, and was also named the All-CIF Division V Player of the Year. Her stats came in limited action in the regular and even postseason, as she was often pulled when the Falcons took commanding leads — a routine occurrence in 2013.

At the CIF Southern Section Division V championship match, Isacson secured the Falcons’ first-ever championship with 16 saves in a 10-5 win over Riverside Poly at Irvine’s William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center on Feb. 23

“I was actually shocked when I came out of the pool and everybody was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you did so great,’” Isacson said after the season. “I didn’t realize I was blocking so many shots.”

4 Kayla Mills, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer and track, senior — The USC-bound fullback anchored a Tologs defense that only allowed 17 goals in 21 contests, while finishing runner-up in the Mission League and falling in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.

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