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Flintridge Prep boys' swimming dominates Prep League finals

Swimming: Flores-led boys wrap up league title; Langen is girls' co-MVP.

May 03, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep's boys' swimming team won its second straight Prep League title on Saturday.
Flintridge Prep's boys' swimming team won… (Grant Gordon )

PASADENA - Much as it did throughout the Prep League dual meet season, the day and the pool belonged to Flintridge Prep’s boys’ swimming team at Saturday’s Prep League finals at Pasadena Poly.

Led by the dominance of senior Marco Flores, the Rebels won nine of 11 events for 429 points en route to wrapping up their second straight Prep League title.

“We’ve been preparing all season for this,” said Flores, who was an easy choice as the boys’ Prep League Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke with meet-record times and swimming legs in two relay wins in two more meet-record performances. “We knew we were ready. It’s awesome.

“We were expected to win and we worked hard to be able to do that. We’re very happy with this result and we’re ready for CIF.”

Flintridge Prep’s girls’ team took fourth out of six schools, but was highlighted by senior Jennifer Langen, who defended her league championships in the 200 and 100 freestyles and shared Prep League Swimmer of the Meet honors with Poly’s Heather Grotzinger.

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“We had significantly less girls this year. We had just enough to have two relays … so to take fourth out of six teams is significant,” said Langen, who added how happy she was for the boys’ teams and the performances they put in. “I’m just really happy for everyone. Everyone did such a great job. Especially since it’s my last league match, I wanted it to be special.”

Langen wasn’t the only Rebels’ girls’ athlete to win a Prep League title, as junior Madi Witt, the defending CIF Southern Section Division III diving champion, captured the league diving crown Friday with a score of 487.70.

It was an all-Flintridge Prep competition with just three divers, as junior Kyla Bradley (402.70) was second and freshman Kara Bradley (379.40) was third.

For the boys, though, there was a parade of champions.

In addition to Flores, sophomore David Shin won the 200 individual medley (2:09.18), senior Carlo Sivilotti won the 50 free (21.60), junior Gary Lee (49.98) won the 100 free, freshman Andreas Langen won the 500 free (4:49.94) by a whopping 25.02 seconds and the Rebels won all three relays.

“We were defending league champions and we only lost one senior,” Sivilotti said. “Just looking at the times, there really wasn’t a lot of doubt.”

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