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Swimming: Burbank falls in both portions of league meet.

April 22, 2011|By Charles Rich,

BURBANK HIGH — After watching the Crescenta Valley High boys' and girls' swimming teams perform Thursday afternoon in a Pacific League dual meet, Burbank first-year Coach Chris Goldberg figured out how he'd like to pattern his teams for the future.

"We want to be like they are, and a meet like this is a good motivational tool," Goldberg said after Crescenta Valley posted a 115-54 win in the boys' portion of the meet and a 124-46 win in the girls' meet at Burbank. "It's good to have a type of meet like this because it's a barometer to see where you are."

While the Bulldogs have an eye toward the future, the Falcons showed why they presently have two strong teams geared toward winning league championships.


Crescenta Valley's girls' team turned to its core of freshmen — Iva Icheva, Heather Abrams, Shannon Hovanesian and Katie Lamar Bruno — to improve to 6-2, 5-0 in league. Icheva won a pair of individual events, while Abrams, Hovanesian and Lamar Bruno each won one race.

Icheva took the 50-yard freestyle race in a CIF automatic qualifying time of 24.82 seconds. She then captured the 100 freestyle in a CIF-qualifying time of 53.96.

Icheva worked with Sabrina Hatzer, McKenzie Hobby and Adrienne Ingalla to take the 200-medley relay in a CIF-consideration time of 1 minute 59.14 seconds. She grouped with Ingalla, Hatzer and Abrams to take first in the 200-freestyle relay with a CIF-consideration time of 1:45.72.

"We came out here looking for a breakthrough meet with some strong, competitive greatness," Crescenta Valley girls' Coach Pete Loporchio said. "We were able to take it to the next level.

"Iva took it to the next level with those two marks. When she came to us, we knew that she was talented. The sky is the limit for her. With all four freshmen, we have some great youth and they just come to swim."

The Falcons received first-place finishes from Ingalla in the 200 freestyle (2:05.32) and the 500 freestyle (5:51.93). Abrams captured the 200-individual medley (2:28.42) for the Falcons, who saw Lamar Bruno take the 100 butterfly (1:06.04) and Hovanesian win the 100 breaststroke (1:18.69).

The Falcons closed out the meet with Hobby, Dakota Davy, Abrams and Nayiri Kechichian teaming up to win the 400-freestyle relay (4:03.65).

April Hishinuma won the lone event for Burbank (4-5, 2-3). Hishinuma took the 200 backstroke in 1:11.17.

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