June 20, 2013
Here is the link for the news paper article. Congratulations to Theresa Lo. Meiling Chun was honorable mention for the Pasadena Star News. These were two young ladies who represented their High Schools this past spring.
Swimmers of the
Year: AUSTIN GARCIA, San Dimas
& NICOLE GAUTREAU, Glendora
After months of marathon practices and hours and hours of honing their craft in the pool, San Dimas High senior Austin Garcia and Glendora High senior Nicole Gautreau have been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys and girls swimmers of the year for 2013.
Garcia capped off a sensational career.
After winning Valle Vista League individual titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, Garcia continued his dominance in the muscle events at the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 swim finals in Riverside.
Garcia won the 50 free title in 21.14, just missing the meet record of 21.05 set in 2005.
Garcia also blew away the competition in the 200 free, winning in 47.42.
He was the only area athlete to win two first-place medals at the CIF finals.
"He (Garcia) worked extremely hard and he's certainly deserving of this award," San Dimas boys swim coach Danny Feola said. "He was a big reason we (team) won a league title and was one of the best swimmers at the (Division 4) finals. When you win two CIF titles, there's not much more you can do."
Gautreau was the anchor of Glendora's Baseline League championship team to go with multiple individual awards.
At the Baseline League finals, Gautreau easily won the 200 and 500-freestyle races, capturing each race more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
She also was the anchor of the Tartans' league-winning 400 relay squad.
"I was really impressed at how well our team came together," Gautreau said. "After losing the league title last year, we came into the season really wanting it and everyone stepped up."
At the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals, Gautreau didn't slow down.
She won the marathon race in the 500 free, winning in 4:54.70 to hold off Troy's Gwen Walter, who was second in 4:55.64.
"To be honest, I still don't believe it," Gautreau said of winning a CIF individual title. "I've been putting in the work for so many years and to finally see the work paying off is amazing."
Gautreau also qualified for the Division 2 finals in the 200 free, finishing sixth overall.
Boys Coach of the Year: DANNY FEOLA, San Dimas
In only his second year as the Saints' varsity swim coach, Feola is already making history. He led the Saints to back-to-back Valle Vista League boys swim titles and their best finish in CIF-SS history, finishing fifth overall in the Division 4 team finals. For his efforts, Feola has been selected the Tribune boys swim coach of the year.
Girls Coach of the Year: JANET POLLARD, Glendora
Pollard led the Tartans' girls swimming team to the Baseline League title by posting 329 points to second-place Upland's 274 at the Baseline League finals. The Tartans also finished eighth overall at the Division 2 swim finals, earning Pollard the San Gabriel Valley Tribune girls swimming coach of the year award.
FIRST TEAM -- BOYS
Won the Hacienda League title in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke and performed well at the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals. Kao finished fourth overall in the Division 2 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 medley.
Had a solid afternoon at the Sierra League finals, finishing first in the 100 backstroke and part of the league winning 400 free relay team. Was also second in the 100 freestyle. At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, Maier was fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 freestyle.
Charter Oak, Jr.
The muscle event specialist won the Sierra League title in the 100 freestyle and was second in the 50 free. He also was part of the Chargers' fourth-place finish in the Sierra 400 free relay. At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, Maddox posted a season-best 47.93 in the 100 freestyle, which was good for fourth overall.
TARAZONA, Claremont, Jr.
Was dominant at the Sierra League finals taking home three first-place medals. Tarazona won the Sierra League 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. He also was part of the winning 200 medley-relay team. At the CIF-SS finals, Tarazona earned a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (50.16) and won the consolation race in the 50 free.
Los Altos, Jr.
Finished second at the Hacienda League swim finals in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke and advanced to the CIF-SS Division 2 finals in both. At CIF, Wong finished sixth in the breaststroke and eighth in the 200 medley. He was a first-team All Hacienda league selection.
FIRST TEAM -- GIRLS
At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals Tse won the 100 breaststroke title in 1:03.77 and was second in the 200 medley (2:01.58). She also was part of Ayala's record-breaking performances in the 200-and-400 team relays which not only won, but set Division 2 records in the process.
SANCHEZ, Glendora, Fr.
At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals the frosh finished second in the 100 butterfly after finishing second in the same event at the Baseline League finals. Sanchez also was part of the Tartans' sixth-place 200 relay squad and she won the consolation title in the 200 freestyle.
KENISHA LIU, Ayala, Fr.
The freshman delivered at the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals, finishing second in both muscle events, the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. She also won titles and was part of the Bulldogs' record-breaking first-place relay squads in the 200 and 400 relay races.
THERESA LO, Walnut, So.
The sophomore won Hacienda League individual titles in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle races and performed well at the Division 2 swim finals. Lo medaled in the 500 free, finishing third and was fourth in the 200 free. She also swam in the CIF finals on two Mustangs relays teams.
VU, Walnut, Sr.
The senior won the Hacienda League title in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.23 and finished second in the 50 free. She also was part of Walnut's league champion relay squads in the 200 and 400-yard races. She also was a CIF Division 2 finalist in the 100 and 50-free races.