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Young Tae Seo is the James. H Jenkins 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year

Crescenta Valley High swimmer looks back, ahead after finishing career with Falcons.

August 22, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High swimmer Young Tae Seo is the James H. Jenkins 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
Crescenta Valley High swimmer Young Tae Seo is the James… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

As Young Tae Seo leaves the Crescenta Valley High boys’ swimming program in his rearview mirror, there’s no doubt his coach, teammates and the Falcons faithful will look back and remember him fondly.

Over these past four years, Seo racked up 15 Pacific League and 10 CIF Southern Section Division II championships before he graduated from Crescenta Valley in June. He currently holds seven of 11 league records and two Division II standards.

Seo, who’s headed to the Naval Academy next year, earned the All-Area Boys’ Swimmer of the Year award in each of his high school seasons. He’s also now been voted the James H. Jenkins Male Athlete of the Year in consecutive campaigns in 2012-13.

Perhaps more impressive than his individual accolades was how he elevated his team, which was already a dominant force in the Pacific League and top-10 force in Division II.

In 2009 before Seo’s arrival, CV finished seventh in CIF and jumped all the way to second in his debut season. The Falcons wouldn’t finish outside the top three over the next three seasons and won their first title in 12 years in 2012.

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Right from the starting gun, Seo gave his CV teammates someone to look up to. It started with his performances alone, as the freshman won a CIF and three league titles. It was just a baby step for Seo, who went on to dominate in league, CIF and the area over the rest of his career.

In his adieu to the Falcons, Seo put on a show at league finals that led to four league championship and three record-setting swims to help secure CV’s 21st consecutive league championship. At CIF, he won two more titles with record-breaking performances in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 individual medley. He also finished runner-up in the 100 breaststroke, a major disappointment for him, and 400-freestyle relay.

Seo not only reflected back on his senior season, but his whole career when he recently sat down with the Glendale News-Press’ Andrew Shortall. He also took a moment to look ahead to what the future holds for him, and ponder how he’ll be remembered at CV for what he did not only in, but out of the pool.

The following are excerpts from the interview with Seo.

Andrew Shortall: Your high school season is over, has that sunk in for you yet or is it still kind of surreal it’s all over at Crescenta Valley?

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