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Record-breaking efforts

Swimming: La Cañada sets six league records at Rio Hondo League finals while preparing for CIF.

May 12, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Raul Roa Staff Photographer )

The Rio Hondo League record book got a makeover after a swarm of Spartans set new league-best times at the Rio Hondo League finals.

The La Cañada High girls' swim team set five league records, while the boys' team set a record in the 100-yard backstroke as well, thanks to Bo Mattix's record-breaking time of 52.05 seconds at the event Friday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

Katy Campbell was dominant throughout the day, swimming away with two individual league records and titles in the girls' 200 and 500 freestyle events. She obliterated the 500 record — which she set last year in 4:57.78 — with a time of 4:53.10 after taking the 200 title and record in 1:50.99.

"I really wanted to get up and race and see what I had in me before CIF," said Campbell, admitting she has nerves about competing in CIF Division I this year. "Division I is definitely going to be challenge. I do have some confidence [after today], but I am going in a little uneasy."

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Campbell also had a hand in capturing another league record as a member of the Spartans 200 freestyle relay. She teamed up with Kenzie Heaton, Sarah Olson and Samantha Campbell, her sister, to set a record in a time of 1:42.50. Heaton, Olson and Katy Campbell, along with Karolina Dudek, set the 200-medley relay record at league finals last year (1:42.50). The same foursome won the 400 freestyle (3:41.91).

"I was hoping we'd break [the relay records] again," Olson said. "It's become kind of a tradition that we break the relays every year because we just keep getting better."

Olson also set an individual league record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.15. The Spartans filled the top three spots, as Samantha Campbell took second (24.44) and Heaton was third (24.58).

"I wasn't expecting [to break all these records]; it's a very pleasant surprise," said Tiffany Quash, the La Cañada girls' coach. "I personally don't come into the meets concerned about breaking records. It's about them lowering their times and qualifying for CIF."

Throughout the year, Olson was hoping she'd eventually take the 50 freestyle league record.

"It was definitely a goal of mine. I'd been working on it a lot all year but in the 50, anything can happen and it was flowing my way today," said Olson who also won the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.54.

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