Crescenta Valley and Glendale in CIF prelims: Falcons senior Yumi So will enter today’s CIF Southern Section Division II finals as the top seed in the championship heats of the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke after topping both preliminary heats on Friday at Mount San Antonio College.

So swam the 100 butterfly in 54.11 seconds, breaking her own Division II meet record of 54.42, set at last year’s finals. She swam the backstroke in 55.70, more than a second faster than the nearest runner-up.

Glendale junior Katalina Sher will be seeded eighth in the Division II 200 freestyle after just making the cut for the championship heat with a time of 1:54.92. Sher will compete in the consolation heat of the 100 freestyle as the 11th seed (54.0).

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in CIF finals: The Tologs’ 200-yard medley relay team of Briana Swinney, Madeline Talt, Emily Carideo and Alex Marquez finished in 1 minute 52.18 to take fourth in the consolation heat at the CIF Southern Section Division I swimming finals at Mount San Antonio College on Friday.

Carideo finished seventh in the consolation heat of the 500 freestyle in 5:10.49.


Crescenta Valley and Glendale in CIF prelims: Two Falcons relay teams and four individuals advanced to championship heats of today’s CIF Southern Section Division II finals with strong performances in the Division II prelims at Mount San Antonio College on Friday.

Crescenta Valley’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Tristan Winterhalter, Chris Veselich, Andrew De Jong and Sharif Alaoui cut their Pacific League record time of 3 minutes 12.06 seconds, set just nine days ago, to 3:10.63 to secure the third seed for the finals. The 200-medley relay team of Alaoui, Jason Kim, De Jong and Winterhalter locked up the seventh seed with a time of 1:38.15.

Alaoui qualified for a pair of championship heats on his own. He’ll be seeded seventh in the 100 freestyle (46.74) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:44.22).

Winterhalter is seeded seventh in the 50 freestyle (21.68), De Jong is seeded eighth in the 200-individual medley and Kim is seeded eighth in the 100 backstroke (54.40).

The Falcons’ 200-freestyle relay team of Daniel Olson, Martin Rivera, Josh Chi and Veselich qualified for the consolation heat with the 12th-best prelim showing, 1:29.65.

Also swimming in consolation heats today are Kim in the 100 breaststroke (11th, 1:00.36), Winterhalter in the 100 freestyle (11th, 47.44), De Jong in the 500 freestyle (13th, 4:45.72) and Glendale’s Mickey Guevara in the 100 butterfly (11th, 53.18).


Fillmore 3, Glendale Adventist Academy 2: After a slow start, the Cougars rose to the occasion on the road, taking Fillmore deep into a 25-12, 15-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 battle before bowing out of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs in the first round on Friday.

“It was very exciting, it was an up-and-down match, but when [the Cougars] played well, they were on top of it,” said first-year Glendale Adventist Coach Hugo Gomez, who guided the team to a 10-7 season and a third-place finish in the Westside League. “It was a dramatic improvement from the start to the end of the season. I’m really proud.”

Outside hitter Adrian Ramos had five kills for the Cougars, including a point to build a 10-3 lead in the second game and the clincher in the fourth game to extend the match.

“We started out strong in Game 5,” said Gomez, who cited the point at which the Cougars fell behind, 10-7, as a turning point. “We had a chance to bring it back, but we made a mistake and let a ball drop. That kind of sealed our fate there. We couldn’t come back from that.”

Middle blocker Stuart Budge added two kills and four blocks and Finster Paul III finished with three blocks and a pair of kills.


Sellers places third: Glendale Community College men’s track and field distance runner Nathan Sellers took third in the 10,000-meter race Friday at the California Community College Athletic Assn. Track and Field Championships at College of San Mateo.

Sellers, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, clocked 31 minutes 39.87 seconds. Daniel Tapia of Hartnell College won the event in 31:23.04 and Matthew Sartori of San Bernardino Valley College was second (31:32.51).

Sellers will next compete in the 5,000 race at 4:50 p.m. today. Nine other Glendale college athletes will also take part in the championships today.

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