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Crescenta Valley High swimming sweeps rival Arcadia

Swimming: Falcons boys, girls extend league title streaks with victories Tuesday at PCC.

April 29, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press

PASADENA — In an annual rite of passage, Crescenta Valley High finishes its Pacific League dual meet schedule with a matchup against rival Arcadia.

“Both programs prepare for this meet and the Pacific League championships each year,” CV boys’ Coach Jan Sakonju said. “It’s part of a season goal, but also a career goal. This meet is important. This rivalry is important.”

Both the Falcons boys’ and girls’ squads came through to claim the victory over the Apaches by scores of 99-71 and 117-53, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon at Pasadena City College.

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The wins mean both squads of Falcons have guaranteed themselves to be at least Pacific League co-title holders, giving the boys a share of their 22nd straight title and the girls their seventh.

Both genders have the chance to claim the crown outright by following up their undefeated league dual meet schedules with a victory in the league finals next week.

The Crescenta Valley boys (6-2, 6-0) were led by the tandem of Eddie Gallegugh and Edward Yi, who both won four events, two individual races and two relays.

Gallegugh was the anchor of the 200 medley relay, teaming with Eric Park, Yi, and Hyun Sung Kim in a winning time of 1 minute 40:96 seconds.

Gallegugh won the 50-yard freestyle easily, besting the field in a time of 22:36 to send his team into the break up, 35-27. The sophomore also won the 100 freestyle, but that race was much closer. Gallegugh went stroke for stroke with the Apache in the neighboring lane, getting to the wall first in a time of 49.21, just .25 seconds separating him from second place.

Yi also won both of his individual events. The junior won the 100 butterfly in a time of 52.64 to repeat his feat from last year’s meet against Arcadia (6-2, 5-1), where he also won the event.

Soon after, Yi added a win in the 500 freestyle, taking an early lead and cruising to a nearly six-second victory in a time of 4:52.63.

“It was intense,” Yi said of the Tuesday’s competition.

The final race, the 400 freestyle relay, was also won by Gallegugh, Kim, Eric Park and Yi in a time of 3:18.19, setting the final winning margin of 28 points.

The Falcons boys’ other first-place finish was in the 200 freestyle relay, in which Daniel Park, Matt Chmait, Nathan Clark and Wesley Griffin teamed up to post the winning time of 1:33.62.

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