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December 29, 2000
Alecia Foster HANSEN DAM -- Like the cool weather? How about taking a dip at Hansen Dam to kick off the new year? The Los Angeles City Department of Parks and Recreation will host its second annual polar bear swim Jan. 1 at the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center. There, swimmers are expected to jump into the dams water, expected to be about 49 degrees. All swimmers participating in the event will receive a certificate of accomplishment. Free hot cocoa, coffee and doughnuts will be available to all participants.
NEWS
March 24, 2001
Mirjam Swanson LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Three days after being pushed to their limits in a loss against PrepLeague-leading Pasadena Poly, the Flintridge Prep boys' and girls' swim teams didn't feel nearly as pressured in their Prep League win Friday at Flintridge Prep. In fact, the Rebels were the ones applying pressing the issue this time, making the Webb swimmers have to step up their efforts to keep up with the Flintridge Prep. And that didn't feel all too bad, that Rebels said.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich | July 10, 2006
Had another elite swim meet been scheduled during the spring, the odds of Sara Sun winning a race in it would have been likely. The standout Crescenta Valley High swimmer made a name for herself around Southern California, as well as the nation. The 17-year-old Sun established herself as one of California's best swimmers. She won two individual events at the CIF Southern Section Division I championships and at the inaugural Southern Section Masters Meet at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza pool in May. Memories of Sun's record-setting performances will not soon be forgotten.
NEWS
June 15, 2001
Alex Coolman NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- The YMCA of Glendale agreed Thursday to open its pool to swimmers left out of the water by the YWCA's 30-day closure of its pool, officials said. Craig Cerro, director of operations for the YMCA, confirmed that the North Louise Street facility will open its doors to YWCA members. "Some of their swim members will be coming over here," he said. "We're actually planning extra swim times to accommodate more people."
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | August 1, 2007
When Glendale resident Jim Zinger, 65, wades into the chilly San Francisco Bay on Sunday to swim the 27th annual Alcatraz Challenge, he'll be among the oldest and coldest athletes in the water. Unlike most men and women signed up for the event, which starts at the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island and ends 1.5 miles away on the lush green shores of the Presidio, Zinger doesn't plan to wear a wetsuit over his trunks. "Out of 650 swimmers, I think there's less than 40 going, as we say, 'naked,'" race director Gary Emich said.
SPORTS
By From Staff Reports | August 22, 2007
GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.   Teams of junior swimmers from Southern California, Mexico and Canada converged upon McDonald’s Swim Stadium at USC from Aug. 10-12 for the inaugural North American Challenge Cup, an event designed to familiarize younger swimmers with the feel of international Olympic-style competition. Glendale High sophomore Katalina Sher represented Southern California, swimming in six events.
SPORTS
February 26, 2008
CRESCENTA VALLEY COACH: Robert Miller, third year. LEAGUE: Pacific SWIMMERS TO WATCH: Keri Kunkel, senior, freestyle; Sandy Meidinger, senior, freestyle; Isla Zilbert, senior, freestyle; Corinne Ingalla, junior, breaststroke; Michelle Du, junior, backstroke; Ani Nalbandian, junior, backstroke; Ashley Kang, junior, utility; Kim Fraisse, freshman, butterfly. MILLER’S QUOTE: “We’re still upset about Arcadia beating us last year.
SPORTS
March 7, 2007
CRESCENTA VALLEY COACH: Jan Sakonju, seventh year. E : Pacific LEAGU SWIMMERS TO WATCH : Mason Hawthorne, senior, sprint freestyle; Vinh Doan, junior, freestyle; Jesse An, senior, distance freestyle; Ted Gonder, junior, freestyle/breaststroke; Zach Taylor, sophomore, distance freestyle; Andrew Martinez, senior, sprint freestyle. SAKONJU'S QUOTE : "We're looking to rebuild, and we're looking for new leadership."
SPORTS
February 27, 2009
CRESCENTA VALLEY COACH: Jan Sakonju, ninth year. LEAGUE: Pacific. SWIMMERS TO WATCH: Sharif Alaoui, senior, butterfly/individual medley; Jason Kim, junior, backstroke/breaststroke; Tristan Winterhalter, senior, freestyle; Chris Veselich, junior, freestyle; Ho Jean Yoon, sophomore, breaststroke; Andrew De Jong, sophomore, butterfly/individual medley; Josh Chi, sophomore, freestyle; Barkev Arslanian, senior, backstroke/freestyle....
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 22, 2013
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.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 10, 2013
It wasn't the perfect senior year Young Tae Seo may have dreamed of as an underclassman at Crescenta Valley High. After seeing stark improvement in each of his first three seasons with the Falcons boys' swimming team and enjoying what he called “the best high school year ever” as a junior in 2012, there was little opportunity for CV and Seo to top it in 2013. “I could see why he's disappointed in the year because of the high expectations he puts upon himself,” Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 10, 2013
It was five years ago when Kirsten Vose decided to take up swimming. She'd always been a “water person” and quickly took to racing. Fast forward a few years and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swim Coach Steve Bergen was hearing rumors that a “special kid” was joining the team. That unique talent was Vose, who started her freshman year with the Tologs in 2012. “I don't know exactly why I love [swimming] so much, but there's just something about it,” Vose said. “I guess just the racing is fun. … You can always be better than you were before; if you put in the effort, you will get better.” Two years later, Vose has demonstrated her natural ability by carrying Sacred Heart to consecutive outright Mission League titles and a pair of individual wins in CIF Southern Section Division I events.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 14, 2012
Over the last three seasons, Crescenta Valley High senior Young Tae Seo has made a name for himself in area pools and beyond, assaulting Pacific League and CIF Southern Section record books en route to myriad titles, accolades and recognition. On Wednesday's National Signing Day, he committed his future to doing so at the next level, as the reigning Glendale News-Press Boys' Athlete of the Year signed his letter of intent to swim for the University of Florida, roughly two weeks after giving the university his verbal commitment.
SPORTS
From Staff Reports | May 28, 2012
The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. KROPP RISES TO GRAND CHALLENGE Former All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year Andrea Kropp captured the 200-meter breaststroke championship while competing for Rattler Swim Club at the Speedo Grand Challenge at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Sunday. Kropp's winning time of 2 minutes 26.62 seconds was more than three seconds faster than runner-up Sara Katsoulis ' 2:29.89 and was good enough to make the Olympic trial-qualifying standard.
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | March 22, 2012
LOS ANGELES - With two of its top swimmers on the opposite coast Thursday, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming and diving team had trouble when it came to matching Harvard-Westlake's star power. The Tologs' ensemble cast stole the show, however, picking up a 99-77 Mission League win at Loyola High that was built more on solid depth than outright dominance. "We definitely have a variety of specialty swimmers and even if we can't touch first in all of them, we can go second, third and fourth and that really helps us do the best we can do," said Sacred Heart junior Emily Balog, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 1.72 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.72.
THE626NOW
November 28, 2011
John Naber is 55 and Louis Zamperini will be 95 in January, but they have two significant things in common: Both were Olympians and both were  USC Trojans . And that is enough. Naber, who lives in Pasadena, was a USC swimming star who won five medals - four of them gold - at the Montreal Olympics  in 1976. Zamperini, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, was a track phenom at USC. And though he didn't win an Olympic medal, folded on a table in his living room is a swastika flag he tore from a wall and took home as a souvenir from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | August 6, 2011
Former Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy standout Andrea Kropp is looking golden at this weekend's 2011 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center. Or maybe bronze is a more accurate description. The 18-year-old representative of the Rattler Swim Club raced to a third-place finish in the women's 200-long-course-meter breaststroke preliminaries in a time of 2 minutes, 28.65 seconds on Saturday morning. Her time was actually higher than her seeded entry mark of 2:27.63, which was accomplished at last year's championship when Kropp took fifth place.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 22, 2011
GLENDALE — The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Yumi So (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) USC women's swimming sophomore: As the Trojans finished with a third-place mark at the NCAA Championships over the weekend, So also concluded an excellent sophomore campaign. She finished 20th overall with a preliminary time of 1 minute 57.54 seconds as an individual consolation finalist in the 100-yard butterfly. The Trojans, keyed by All-American's Katinka Hosszu and Lyndsay DePaul, took third with 351 points for their best NCAA finals finish since another third-place swim in 2003.
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