So's last hurrah

Shortly after breaking the CIF-SS Division II 100 yard butterfly record, Yumi So could have been happier.

“I was happy that I broke my previous record,” So said, “but I wasn’t stoked about it. I didn’t do my personal best time, 52.70 seconds.”

So finished at 53.03 in the girls’ 100 yard butterfly, good to set a new Division II meet record and only half a second of the national high school record (52.41, set in 1996 by Misty Hyman of Shadow Mountain, Ariz.)

Likewise, So broke the Division II record in the girls’ 100 yard backstroke (54.21; previous record was 55.06).

So almost repeated the same time in the 100 yard butterfly at the CIF Masters on Tuesday — 53.08 — and grabbed yet another Masters title in the process, but wasn’t able to break that high school record.

“I could really say I gave it my best and I didn’t make it,” said So to the Glendale News-Press. “Today was just not the day for me to beat it.”

Though she didn’t fair quite so well in the 100 backstroke in the Masters (second place, 54.83, behind junior Mary Hanson of Division IV Immanuel Christian), she goes out holding two Division II records, one Masters meet record, and another Masters title.

That’ll leave quite a lasting impression.


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