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Burroughs swims past San Gabriel

March 11, 2000

Tom Crowther

BURROUGHS HIGH -- It's tough to imagine just how dominate the

Burroughs High swim teams might be with a couple more weeks of practice

under their belts.

The Indians routed visiting San Gabriel High in a nonleague meet at

Burroughs Tuesday. While the girls' team cruised to a 95-59 win, the boy

won by an even greater margin, 134-22.

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"It was a pretty convincing victory for both teams, and on both the

varsity and junior varsity level," Indian Coach Rey Rivera said.

"Considering how limited our pool time has been (because of the weather),

I was really happy with the way we swam."

The boys' team won all of its relay events, including the 400

freestyle relay, as teammates Kenny Livas, Billy Cordon, Justin Frank and

Bart Baghdasarian finished first in 3, minutes 55.72 seconds.

The Indians also won most of the individual events as well. Frank

finished first in the 50 freestyle with a 34.39 and the and 100 freestyle

with a 56.37.

Cordon won the 200 freestyle with a 2:09.73, while Livas added an easy

win in the 50 fly with a mark of 1:05.22.

Sophomore Curtis Hyman, one of the young swimmers Rivera is high on,

took first place in the 100 individual medley with a 1:35.49 and the 50

backstroke with a 1:10.58.

The girls also dominated the meet in the majority of events.

Despite not feeling well, senior standout Julie Olson helped the 200

redley relay team capture a first place with a 3:10.69. The team also

included Valentina Alberti, Erica Bonetti and Ana Bolotnikova.

Olson also won the 50 freestyle with a time of :37.72.

"Julie won the events she entered, even though she was feeling sick,"

Rivera said. "She'll obviously swim in other events when she's feeling

better and when we see some tougher competition."

The Indians figure to get a taste of better competition, Monday, after

adding a meet against Monrovia High to their schedule.

Against San Gabriel, Alberti also did well individually. The freshmen

won the 500 freestlye with a 6:07.20.

Wendy Inman added a first-place finish in the 50 butterfly with a

1:22.55.

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