By Sarah Eckersley
LOS ANGELES, California, June 1. CLEVELAND High School walked away with the title at the California Interscholastic Federation Los Angeles Section Championships. The girls scored 295.5 points, followed by Palisades Charter (252.5) and Venice (203.5). On the boys' side, Cleveland tallied 179 points, while San Pedro took second (165) and Birmingham finished third (152).
Tessa Chiu, Jessica Chong (who won the individual 100 breaststroke in 1:12.10), Val Orellana, and Kristina Choi (Cleveland) finished first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.80. Orellana also had first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (57.74) and the 100 backstroke (58.40).
Venice's Andi Murez took first in the 200 (1:46.82) and 100 (49.63) freestyles. She teamed up with Margaret O'Rourke (who won the individual 50 freestyle in 24.83), Hannah Burstein, and Kathleen Vincent in the 200 freestyle relay. The group touched out the competition with a time of 1:44.20.
Sophomore Megan Lee (Marshall) won the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle. She finished with times of 2:12.23 and 5:11.28 respectively.
Kristina Fivecoat (Granada Hills Charter) won the diving competition with a score of 336.05. Kenja Corbisiero (Venice) took the runner-up spot (304.90) and Maria Kazantser (Granada Hills Charter) placed third (269.35).
Leslie Cardenas, O'Rourke, Vincent, and Murez closed the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:41.75).
Venice won two of three relays. George Sun, Mark Mercado, Raymond Liou, and Jesse Nande won the 200 medley (1:44.51) and freestyle (1:34.72) relays. Sun also won the sprint races with times of 22.70 (50 freestyle) and 49.63 (100 freestyle).
Gary Arthur of Kennedy and Phillip Chu of Sherman Oaks Ces had dual individual wins. Arthur won the 200 freestyle (1:42.32) and the 100 butterfly (51.59), while Chu won the 200 IM (2:03.73) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.78).
In the diving competition, Eduardo Martinez (Birmingham) came out on top with a score of 342.40. Paul Joung (El Camino) and Shaw Thomas (Granada Hills Charter) followed with scores of 325.05 and 264.85 respectively.
Sophomore Alexander Nelson took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.37. He teamed up with Matthew Cronan, Vincent Fiamengo, and Matthew Harmatz in the 400 freestyle relay for a first-place finish (3:24.14).