LOS ANGELES, California, May 22. CLEVELAND High School's boys team squeezed out a 3-point victory over Palisades Charter, 396-393, at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Los Angeles Division Championships May 15 and 18 in Monterey Park.
Junior Yoessef Tibaza earned the only individual event victory for Cleveland with his 53.40 in the 100 fly. Tibazi finished 3-hundredths behind Palisades Charter's Tristan Marsh in the 100 breast, 1:00.93-1:00.96. Cleveland's 200 medley relay of juniors Justin Hopgood, Ryan Saletta, Tibazi and senior Daniel Broger combined for a 1:42.28 win.
Marsh also picked up a first place in the 200 IM with his 1:59.51. Palisades Charter scored wins from seniors Andrew Hacker (200-500 free, 1:44.57-4:41.04) and J.J. Amis (50 free, 21.83). Marsh led off his team's winning 400 free relay with sophomore Michael Lukasiak, Amis and Hacker (3:18.71).
Granada Hills finished third with 285 points, led by its victorious 200 free relay of senior Timothy Cha, freshman Justin Kang, junior Kent Sasagawa and sophomore Samuel Sanchez (1:32.71). Venice, featuring diving champion Ben VanAken (365.55 points), placed fourth with 191.5 points. Birmingham took fifth (164 points).
Two seniors claimed event wins in their last L.A. City division competition. Van Nuys' J.T. Tennison, who finished a close second to Amis in the 50 free (21.95), stroked to a 48.37 in the 100 free. Alex Moshensky from Hollywood cruised to a 53.38 in the 100 back.
The Palisades Charter girls squad had a much easier time, finishing first comfortably ahead with 474 points. Cleveland took second with 30-5.5 points, with Granada Hills third (241), El Camino Real fourth (212) and Venice fifth (197).
Palisades Charter junior Allie Vitous was a double-event champion in the 200 and 500 free (1:56.53 and 5:010.08). Venice's Ariahn Givens, a sophomore, posted winning times in the 50 and 100 free (25.50 and 55.96).
Palisades Charter senior Soheila Kamjou contributed a victory in the 100 back (1:04.38), with freshman Alexus Wang stroking to a 2:16.48 win in the 200 IM. Other event champions included El Camino sophomore Hannah Van Houten (100 breast, 1:08.66) and diver Montana Monahan (449.50 points); and Taft's Bianca Garcia-Zamora (100 fly, 1:01.51).
Evelina VanNorden, a sophomore, led off Palisades Charter's winning 200 free relay with senior Mara Silka, sophomore Sohini Deva and Vitous (1:45.12); Wang came on board with Deva, Silka and Vitous for a 3:49.73 first place in the 400 free relay. El Camino's team of junior Nicole Lin, Van Houten, sophomore Laneia Sherman and senior Heather Borek-Klempfner prevented a Palisades Charter sweep with its winning 1:58.79 in the 200 medley relay. Palisades Charter finished second in 1:59.35.