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Kirsten Vose is the 2012-13 News-Press Female Athlete of the Year

After claiming a pair of CIF swimming titles and etching her name in Mission League lore, it was a season to remember for Flintridge Sacred Heart's Vose.

August 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Mission League and CIF Southern Section Division I Swimming Champion Kirsten Vose of Flintridge Sacred Heart is this year's Glendale News-Press Female Athlete of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Mission League and CIF Southern Section Division I Swimming…

Success on the high school swimming scene came quicker than expected for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Kirsten Vose.

An impressive freshman season highlighted by a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2012 CIF Southern Section Division I finals certainly raised the stakes for Vose diving into her sophomore season.

Vose, a La Crescenta resident, responded by not losing a single race leading into CIF in 2013. She certainly raised the stakes even further when she posted the best times in the Division I prelims in the both the breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

After a dramatic win in the 200-yard medley relay and slip-up in the individual medley, Vose came back in style when she won the breast — her signature event. It will only raise the stakes for her junior and senior campaigns.

It came after Vose took the Mission League Finals by storm, winning all four events she swam — the breaststroke, individual medley, 200- and 400-freestyle relays. With a wealth of wins in hand, Vose was the unanimous selection for the All-Area Girls’ Swimmer of the Year award in just her second season.

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Without any debate, Vose has also been named the 2012-13 Glendale News-Press Female Athlete of the Year, as she thinks up a way to improve on this past season.

If the last two years are an example, one can expect progress from not only Vose, but Sacred Heart as a whole. Vose’s CIF victories in the breaststroke and 200-medley relay with Katie Altmayer, Emily Balog and Kate Herrill were the Tologs’ first since current USC swimmer and national talent Andrea Kropp won the breaststroke in 2010.

After Kropp graduated, Sacred Heart slipped from 16th to 34th in Division I in 2011. With the addition of Vose, a deep but not quite front-runner Tolog team climbed to 14th in 2012 and also won its first outright Mission League title in two years. This year, the Tologs repeated in league and moved up to seventh place in CIF.

Instead of sitting back and pondering what’s to come, Vose has spent her summer preparing for her junior season with her club Rose Bowl Aquatic Swim team. She recently competed at the National Swim Club Assn. Summer Championships in Indianapolis.

Recently, the News-Press Female Athlete of the Year saw down with sports writer Andrew Shortall to talk about the season past. Here are excerpts from that interview.

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