Spartans net league crowns

Swimming: La Cañada’s Olson and Campbell capture two league championships each in Rio Hondo finals.

May 13, 2010|By Jeff Tully

LA CANADA — Swimmers from La Cañada High knew the competition was going to be tough Friday at the Rio Hondo League Championships.

To secure a coveted league title, the Spartans were likely going to have to come away with big efforts at the event at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

A trio of Spartans did just that — and more — as three athletes were able to win two league championships each.


On the girls’ side, Sarah Olson came through with a big effort to take the 50-yard freestyle event. Taking on two-time defending champion, Mckenzie Heaton, Olson knocked off the champ to win the event in 24.80 seconds.

But she wasn’t done, as the sophomore also went on to win the 100 freestyle in 54.20.

Sophomore Katy Campbell also had an impressive double. Not only did she capture the 200 freestyle in 1:55.76, but she finished first in the 500 freestyle as well in 4:57.78.

The boys’ team was paced by senior Alex Campbell. Showing his versatility, Campbell won the 100 freestyle in 47.14 and placed first in the 100 backstroke in 52.72.

La Cañada also received some individual championship efforts. Heaton won the girls’ 100 breaststroke (1:06.81), Brandon Nguyen took the boys’ 200 freestyle (1:01.01) and Christian Renfro won the boys’ 200 freestyle (1:43.22). In winning relay efforts, Heaton, Karolina Dudek, Olson and Katy Campbell teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.50), Matt Myers, Robert Loakes, Seung Woo Chung and Renfro won the boys’ 200 freestyle relay (1:30.20), Olson, Meghan Fuelling, Heaton and Campbell took the girls’ 400 freestyle (3:40.18) and Chung, Nguyen, Campbell and Renfro won the boys’ 400 freestyle (3:12.84).

Other top-three finishers included: Chung in the boys’ 100 breaststroke (second; 1:03.82), Heaten in the girls’ 50 freestyle (second; 24.88), Myers in the boys’ 50 freestyle (third; 22.55), Rita Neat in the girls’ 100 breaststroke (third; 1:13.72), Renfro in the boys’ 100 freestyle (second; 48.37) and Ben Sullivan in the boys’ 100 butterfly (third; 53.99).

The Spartans will get a chance to match their skills against the best swimmers in CIF Southern Section Division II at the preliminaries. The meet will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Long Beach’s Belmont Plaza pool.

The division finals will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the same venue.

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