San Marino High girls' swimming finishes top 10 at CIF

While individual success may not have been in store for the San Marino High girls’ swim team and the rest of the Rio Hondo League, the Titans had the numbers to pull together a 10th-place finish at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals Saturday.

It was another step in the direction for a program that took 15th a year ago and 25th in 2011, which was its first Division I season.

“Division I is really fast, there’s a ton of girls that swim Olympic trials and they’re really good,” San Marino senior Kailyn Koh said. “California has the fastest swimmers in the whole country and the competition is really fierce.”

The Titans finished as high as sixth with the girls’ 200- (1:38.16) and 400-free (3:34.72) relay teams and Daniel To, who did so in the 100 backstroke (51.07). Kailyn Koh, Eliza Koh, Alison Day and Tiffany Warmuth swam the 200-free relay and both Kohs, Warmuth and Ahsha Campbell made up the 400 squad.

“Our relay team did really well, we moved up in our rankings, so I was happy with that,” Koh said.

The top finish came from a local duo from Loyola. Pasadena residents Oliver Maarse and Corey guided the Cubs’ 200-medley relay to a CIF title and Division-II record in 1:31.16.

“We were gunning for it, we wanted to smash it,” said Maarse, adding that the key was subbing in John to the relay after he didn’t swim the race in prelims. “You could see it worked out nicely for the medley, we dropped about a second and a half from our prelim scores.”

Individually, Kailyn Koh took seventh in the 100 free (51.66) and eighth in the 50 free (23.89). Warmuth was 12th in the 200 free (1:51.50).

For the boys, San Marino’s Daniel To, Samuel To, Nathan Tsai and Javier Lopez took ninth in the 200-medley (1:35.74) and 200-free (1:28.49) relay. Lopez was ninth in the 100 butterfly (50.35) and 18th in the 200 individual medley (1:54.93).

Maarse and John also swam to third place in the 200-free relay (1:24.84) with fellow local Loyola swimmer Kyle Otazu, who also helped the Cubs 400-free relay team take sixth (3:09.21).

John finished fourth in the 50 free (20.89), which Maarse took 13th in (21.45), and sixth in the 100 free (46.17). Otazu also took 10th in the 200 free (1:40.79) and 14th in the 100 free (47.00). The junior actually posted the fifth-best time in the 200, but was locked in at 10th after qualifying for the consolation in final in prelims. 

South Pasadena only qualified for the girls’ 400-free relay Saturday. The Tigers’ Liza Echeverria, Samantha Zavala, Laura Mendenhall and Grace Wakabyashi finished 18th (3:40.36).

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