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Brea Olinda and Cerritos Take New California High School Div. IV Team Titles -- May 13, 2001

BELMONT PLAZA, May 11. BREA OLINDA'S girls and Cerritos' boys stroked their way into the record book here today with team titles in the inaugural CIF Division IV Swimming and Diving Championships. Until this season the Southern Section CIF had comprised only three divisions in swimming but a fourth was added for the new century, resulting in two new team champs.

Brea Olinda scored 213 points to second-place Etiwanda's 200.5 and Sultana's 162. Cerritos racked up 273.5 points for its title, with Alta Loma (181) and Nordhoff (164) taking second and third, respectively.

Since this was the inaugral season for the Division IV Championships, all winning times are meet records -- except in instances where a swimmer went faster in the prelims, which will be so indicated.

Brea Olinda's sole individual champion was diver Bailey Anderson, a ninth-grader who scored 366.50 points to take the gold. B-O also won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.87 and ws third in the 400 relay.

Individual doublers included Carpinteria ninth-grader Emlynm Tursick in the 200 IM-100 fly (2:08.59-58.72 with a 2:08.17 in the medley prelims); Oaks Christian freshman Brett Shiflett in the 200 free-100 back (1:52.48-59.44); and Etiwanda senior Heather Anderson in the 50-100 frees (24.32-51.70).

Sophomore Melissa Wang of Whitney came close to scoring a double when she splashed to a win in the 500 free (5:07.41) and was a close runner-up to Shiflett in the 200 free (1:52.81)

The other individual champ was Jennifer Cook of Placentia Valencia in the 100 breast (1:05.33) to Riverside Notre Dame's Katie Smith's 1:06.83.

Etiwanda won both freestyle relays, taking the 200 and 400 both over Sultana, 1:42.02-1:42.30 and 3:41.69-3:42.31.

Cerritos' boys were led by sophomore Charlton Krautim, who scored a record-setting 200 IM-500 free double, clocking 1:54.79-4:44.29. He also was a member of his school's runner-up 400 free relay foursome.

Nordhoff scored big points off senior Jeff Barnett's double in the 100-200 frees (46.71-1:42.06) and his 46.21 anchor split on the victorious 400 free relay.

Whitney's Tommy Chang, a junior, touched first in the 50 free 21.18, was runner-up to Barnett in the 100 free (47.94), and anchored the winning 200 free relay squad that clocked 1:30.38 to runner-up Cerritos' 1:31.67.

In the 100 fly, Pilgrim junior Hidenaga Murakami won in 52.03, then a mere four events later won the 100 back (54.91 with his 54.71 from the prelims the meet record). The 100 breast went to Cerritos junior Richard Caldwell (59.32), and his 59.23p sets the standard. One-meter diving champ was Brentwood senior Mark Bookman (435.15).

-- Bill Bell
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