SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 1. THE spring portion of high school swimming is coming to a close with several high school state championships in mid-May.
California does not hold a state championship in the sport of swimming. In the next few weeks, Swimming World will report on nine sectional meets which will be held throughout the state. First up: San Francisco.
Lincoln's Jared Vu and Kirstie Chan set individual records during the CIF San Francisco Sectional Championships April 28 at the City College of San Francisco.
Both swimmers took down times they had set at last year's sectional meet. Vu, a junior, posted a 52.55 in the 100 fly (previous record: 53.30). His 1:57.21 in the 200 IM erased his 1:59.06 standard. Chan, a senior, took the 50 free record down to 24.72 from 24.84. She scored a second victory in the 100 free (53.94), coming within 15-hundredths of the 2001 sectional mark in that event.
Three of Lowell High's relays also bettered sectional standards. Lowell's girls 200 free relay squad of sophomore Alika Lew-Koga, senior Asia Azus plus juniors Kaitlin Leung and Leslie Fung combined for a 1:44.76, taking down Lowell's 2011 time of 1:43.83. Their boys 200 medley team of freshman Matthew Kim, sophomore Brendan McKay–with seniors Nicholas Pasquinzo and Sam Hong–put together a 1:43.73, 11-hundredths better than Lowell's 2010 team. Junior Dylan Westover joined Hong, Kim and Pasquinzo to erase Lowell's 2008 mark of 3:25.50 in the 400 free relay with their 3:23.67.
Lowell dominated the girls competition, scoring 239 points for the title. Washington High, with Alison Hoang's first-place 200 free effort of 2:03.94, came in second with 59 points. Lincoln was third (50), followed by Balboa (8).
Lowell swept the girls relays with times of 1:52.75 in the 200 medley and 3:56.20 in the 400 free relay. Leung was the only other double-event champion with her 59.53 in the 100 fly and 2:13.61 in the 200 IM. Senior Amanda Chow placed first in the 100 breast (1:10.62), Lew-Koga was tops in the 100 back (1:03.04) and junior Emily Woo captured the 500 free (5:34.27).
Lowell claimed a sweep of the titles with the boys first-place total of 197 points. Washington finished second (142), followed by Lincoln (50), Galileo (39) and Wallenburg (5).
Lowell enjoyed individual event wins from Pasquinzo in the 200 free (1:52.74) and Westover in the 100 breast (1:03.64).
Washington junior Bryan Zhong came in first in both the 50 free (22.28) and 100 back (56.56). Zhong also swam on Washington's first-place 200 free relay with seniors Calvin Luo and Jeffrey Phan, plus sophomore Warren Liang (1:34.96). Individually, Luo powered his way to the 100 free win (50.05) and Phan was victorious in the 500 free (5:13.34).