Burroughs swim teams show talent despite losses

Swimming: Indians have some fine results in dropping both portions of nonleague meet against Canyon.


BURBANK — In the continuation of a classic confrontation, although one usually not contested in water, the Cowboys ventured away from home to battle the Indians.

This chapter in the long-standing historical rivalry came in the form of a nonleague swim meet between Canyon Country Canyon High and host Burroughs.

"Canyon is always a really, really strong team, I mean anyone from the Santa Clarita area is always going to be a tough swim," Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia said. "It was a little intimidating the numbers they brought up. I mean, they had 70 to 80 kids and we have around 65. So, I know all the kids had some big eyes, but everyone swam really tough."


When it was all over, it was the Cowboys who came out ahead in both the boys' portion of the contest, 94-76, and the girls', 89-70, sweeping their Pacific League hosts,

However, the losses didn't dampen the sprits of the Indian coaching staff.

"For this being the beginning of the season, I see so much potential," Garcia said. "They are almost already where they were at the end of last season at the beginning of this year, which is always great to see."

For both teams, it represented a chance to get their feet wet in direct competition and gauge where they are early in the season. It was the second head-to-head meet of the year for Burroughs, which had split its first meet going up against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on the last day of February, with the boys coming out on top and the girls falling short. Monday's meet was the first head-to-head meet of the season for the visiting Cowboys.

"It was a good swim." Canyon Coach Steve Himes said. "It was our first meet and coming out to John Burroughs is always a good event. They've got great swimmers and really pushed our kids really well."

The Burroughs boys' squad had three individual winners in Casey Ueno (50-yard freestyle), Daniel Mairena (100 butterfly), and Brandon Olivas (500 freestyle). Ueno, Mairena, and Olivas also captured two more victories by teaming up with Dexter Brown to win the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

"I am seeing the general trend that the boys are going to be really strong," Garcia said. "I've got five very solid swimmers and the rest of the team is just a notch below them."

Brown was filling in as a member of the relay teams due to the absence and illness of key team contributor, Kevin Ueno.

"It's always hard having one of your big guys out, who's a senior also, great swimmer," Garcia said of the missing Ueno.

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