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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy makes some noise in CIF finals

Swimming: Inspired days by Vose, Herrill net the Tologs a pair of titles.

May 11, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

RIVERSIDE -- In one year, Kirsten Vose went from a contender to a favorite.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimmer didn’t take to the role in the beginning of the CIF Southern Section Division I finals at Riverside City College Saturday, but she redeemed herself in her meet finale.

Behind Vose capturing her first CIF title in the 100-yard breaststroke and three inspired performances from Kate Herrill – one of which won the Tologs a 200-medley relay crown - the Tologs secured a seventh-place finish with 152 points.

While Sacred Heart didn’t realize its preseason goal of a top-five mark, it was still its best finish in Division I since being bumped up from Division II in 2009. J Serra won the meet with 243 points.

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La Cañada just achieved its goal of staying in the top 10 Saturday with 98 points and a 10th-place finish. Capistrano Valley won the boys’ meet with 327 points.

“It’s a tough division, this is the fastest division, but overall the boys did a great job. Everybody came back and fought back as best as they could,” said Spartans Coach Art Lopez, whose team took sixth in Division I last year and fifth in 2011. “We maintained the goal of being in the top 10 that we talked about way back when, but it’s just so hard with our school being so small in this division.”

Nothing came easy for the Tologs, who hadn’t placed better than 14th in Division I the past four years, on Saturday.

Vose worked her way to top seeds in both her individual events, the 200-individual medley and breaststroke, but didn’t take to it right away in the medley, as she slipped to sixth.

“It was kind of hard to get into the mindset because I was so off in the IM,” said Vose, who endured two clock malfunctions on the block in the individual medley. “I just had to shake it off. … I think being the top seed kind of added more pressure than I was used to.”

The sophomore may have redeemed herself with a come-from-behind victory over University’s Maggie Burton Saturday, but it didn’t come easy.

Burton took a quick lead in the breast, holding a .63-of-a-second edge over Vose at the 25-yard mark. Vose rallied and hit a good final turn that put her neck-and-neck with the leader before narrowly passing her within the final strokes with a time of one minute, 2.57 seconds.

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