La Ca ada High boys' swimming locks up 13th consecutive Rio Hondo League title


April 18, 2013|From Staff Reports


La Cañada 124, Monrovia 48: La Cañada made it 13 in a row when it comes to Rio Hondo League championships, behind a pair of wins from Brandon Nguyen, Dane Bell and Peter Loakes.

La Cañada Coach Art Lopez said it’s always a relief to add another league title to the growing list.

“It’s a lot of pressure because you have that many years behind you and there’s always chance you could have a bad meet and slip,” Lopez said. “For me, it’s a sigh of relief, because now it’s over. It’s official, we’re league champions and it’s done and now we pretty much have to focus on CIF.”


Nguyen won the 200-yard individual medley in two minutes 03.91 seconds and the 100 breast in 1:00.75. Bell took the 200 and 500 freestyles in 1:53.10 and 4:57.65, respectively. Loakes was victorious in the 50 and 100 freestyles in respective marks of 22.33 and 52.15.

La Cañada (6-0, 5-0 in league) won every race, as it did every league meet outside of San Marino, on Thursday with Garrett Chin also winning the 100 backstroke in 56.65.


La Cañada 120, Monrovia 51: The Spartans picked up their first win of the season in Thursday’s Rio Hondo League finale at Monrovia.

Rachel Wong picked up a CIF Southern Section consideration time and won the 200-yard individual medley in two minutes 17.40 seconds. La Cañada’s 200-medley relay team of Wong, Caitlyn Seto, Shelby Hopkins and Samantha Campbell also came close to a consideration mark in winning in 2:02.31 Thursday.

La Cañada’s identical 200-freestyle relay team also won, as did its 400-freestyle relay group.

The Spartans (1-5, 1-4 in league) also earned victories from Sarah Hughes in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.08), Hopkins in the 100 backstroke (1:06.20), Campbell in the 500 freestyle (5:34.81) and Emily Hoffman took the 200 freestyle (2:28.50).


La Cañada 3, San Marino 2: The Spartans survived in a five-game Rio Hondo League thriller at San Marino High Thursday, 13-25, 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 16-14.

Connor Welbrecht tallied 28 assists, 21 digs and eight kills, while Mel Schroeder added 11 kills and Orion Burl had 10 kills and four blocks for the Spartans (8-7, 4-1 in league). La Cañada also received 12 digs, eight kills and four blocks from Michell Page and 22 digs, five assists and two aces from Connor Belcher.


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