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Burroughs, Burbank Boys Water Polo Ready For Action

By Rick Assad

 

There’s a saying that it’s hard getting to the top, but it’s even more difficult staying there.

This axiom doesn’t necessarily apply to the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team because while it hasn’t always been at the very top of the Pacific League standings, the Indians have usually been in the top portion.

Looking at rival Burbank’s boys’ water polo program, the same can’t be said, but then again, matters can and do change.

If practice makes perfect, then the Burbank High boys’ water polo team is headed in the right direction. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This season, Burroughs will pay a visit to Burbank’s pool on October 23.

Another important date is the league preliminaries which take place at the Arcadia pool on October 29.

The league finals is at the same site, but will be held October 31.

The CIF Southern Section playoffs will be contested on November 5, 7, 9, 12 and 16.

Coach Jacob Cook has built and sustained an excellent program at Burroughs and this year’s edition should at least contend for the top spot in the league.

“I have high expectations for the season,” Cook said. “We have a talented group this year with a lot of talent and potential. I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Last year the Indians went 13-10 overall and 5-4 in league action, but lost in the CIF first round.

Burroughs, shown in a 2018 match against rival Burbank, look to better its 5-4 record in the Pacific League. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The projected starters for Burroughs will be senior goalie Arthur Eldridge, senior attacker Chet Conlan, senior attacker Tobey Ho, senior center Matthew Mucha, senior utility Vahagan Sahakyan, junior utility Ryan Jaramillo and sophomore utility Xavier Turla.

Here are the rest of the Burroughs upperclassmen and they include Jon Paul De Fabry, David Karagezyan, Nathan Magdaleno and Aaron Meza.

The juniors on the team are Fox Melo, Miguel Martinez and Alex Lewin, while sophomore Andrew Chapman and freshman Ryan Rolando are also on the squad.

Mike Lucero is the Burbank Aquatics Director and the first-year coach for the boys’ and girls’ water polo teams.

Lucero has been around and was the assistant swim coach for the Burbank boys’ and girls’ programs the last two years.

Mike Lucero is in his first season as the Burbank boys’ and girls’ water polo coach. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In order to compete with the better teams in the league like Hoover, Glendale and Crescenta Valley, Lucero said it’s important to get faster in the water.

“We’re working on having some speed work,” Lucero said. “You need speed to keep up with teams like Crescenta Valley.”

Lucero then added: “I want to see the water polo team be a year-round program and the players stay with their conditioning. I want to see more team unity,” he said.

Lucero also wants to build a program that will be viable and contend. “Some of these club programs, major swim programs, these swimmers are starting at nine, 10, 11,” he said. “Here they’re coming in at 14. And for the first time they’re learning the basics of water polo.”

Burbank is coming off a campaign in which it went 8-10, failed to make the postseason and doesn’t have many seniors, but it does have players familiar with each other.

A four-year starter and a 2018 Burbank graduate, Varuzhan Bilbulyan is the Bulldogs’ assistant water polo coach.

The Indians, shown in a match versus the Bulldogs, have the talent to do well overall and in the Pacific League. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This year we see a lot of young athletes that we have on both varsity and JV contributing a lot of hard work and we see a lot more attentiveness and a bigger drive than in past years to get better and improve themselves,” Bilbulyan said. “We see a very good attitude and very good behavior. Everybody is trying their best and everyone is getting better day by day.”

Bilbuyan went on: “This year’s powerhouses are probably going to be Hoover. They always have a lot of club players,” he said. “Glendale is also going to be good and they have club players. CV’s been good the last couple of years. We can finish in the top five, but our goal is top four so that we’re guaranteed to make the playoffs.”

Seven seniors populate the squad and they include driver Hakop Pilavjyan, driver Sahak Khobiarian, driver Ashot Keshishyan, driver Artush Hovannisyan, driver Edward Bowman, driver Kourosh Dolatshahi and goalie Sarkis Terpetrossyan.

There are four juniors and they are driver Brian Di Mascio, driver Grigor Gasabian, driver Michael Mehserdjian and setter Anthony Sarafian.

Five sophomores are on the team and they include driver Avo Barsegyan, driver Pavel Tantchev, driver Jonathan Agazaryan, setter Robert Kharazyan and goalie Narek Galamdaryan.

Seryozha Soghomonyan is also on the team after being promoted to the varsity at the end of July.

Burroughs Swimming Sweeps Glendale

The Burroughs High boys’ and girls’ swim teams may not be large in number, but they are strong on quality.
Thursday afternoon the Indians defeated visiting Glendale High 95-76 in the girls varsity and 99-66 in the boys’ varsity competition.

“We have smaller team than normal, but I think that gives us the opportunity to focus on personal times rather than winning meets,” Burroughs boys’ team captain Nathan Gault-Crabb said. “It is an amazing credit to all of the swimmers if we win, but we’re trying to hit personal bests every meet rather than just winning the meet and doing okay. That’s our biggest thing this season.”
The Burroughs girls team won seven of 11 events, including all three relays.
Individually, junior Maya Wilson won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, .80 seconds. Wilson also won the 100 butterfly (1:02.32). She has received CIF automatic qualifying times in both events.
Wilson was on the winning 200 medley relay team along with Lilliana Noriega, Sophia Liwag and Emmanuella Nathan. The team has received a CIF qualifying mark.
Wilson was also a part of the winning 200 free relay team, which has also achieved a CIF qualifying mark, included Aleah Orozco, Noriega and Nathan.
Nathan won the 50 freestyle (27.24) and Madeline Spangler won the 100 freestyle (1:00.80).
The 400 free relay team of Nathan, Spangler, Orozco and Noriega were victorious (4:18.25).
Reigh Abaoag won the 100 butterfly (53.92) and the 100 breaststroke (time not available). He has received CIF automatic qualifying times in both events.
Gault-Crabb won the 200 individual medley (2:25.75).
Arthur Eldridge won the 50 freestyle (25.31).
Nicolai Lazarev won the 500 freestyle (5:32.14).
The 200 medley relay team of Jehu Morning, Gault-Crabb, Abaoag and Eldridge were victorious (1:48.54).
The 200 free relay team of Abaoag, Gault-Crabb, Dowling and Arshak Berberyan won in 1:39.34.
The 400 free relay team of Gault-Crabb, Dowling, Berberyan and Kristian Solano won in 3:57.20.
Both Burroughs team are now 3-2 in league dual meets.

Burbank, Burroughs Swim Teams Fare Well In Pacific League Finals

By Rick Assad

 

Under favorable weather conditions, the Pacific League swimming finals was held at Burbank High on Thursday and the team standings and individual races went essentially according to form.

Two league records fell as Burroughs sophomore Maya Wilson placed first in the 200 yard freestyle after coming in at 1.51.73.

The old mark was held by Crescenta Valley’s Heather MacDougal, who swam 1.51.76 in 2013.

The other record smashed was by Crescenta Valley freshman Amanda Petersen, who won the 100 breaststroke (1.05.16), breaking MacDougal’s 1.05.23 in 2013.

Petersen was a double winner after also taking the 200 individual medley (2.08.45).

Wilson placed first in the 500 freestyle (4.59.15) and was part of a foursome that took fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (4.03.62) that included senior Marlena Skrabak, senior Bianca Sanchez and junior Aleah Orozco.

Burroughs sophomore Maya Wilson placed first twice and set a Pacific League record in the 200 yard freestyle at 1.51.73. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Wilson was on the team that garnered fourth in the 200 medley relay (2.06.71) that included senior Annabelle Morning, Skrabak and sophomore Emmanuella Nathan.

“I went in trying to have no expectations,” Wilson said of her day in the pool. “I was just trying to improve, whether it was my times or my mindset. After I finished, it was a moment of relief.”

Wilson then added: “Working in practice every day. Seeing if I can improve every day. I try to stay in the moment and focus on the now,” she noted. “I focus on how I can improve my race. I’m focusing on CIF and see what I can do. I’m pushing myself to new limits in all my practices or trying to.”

Burbank sophomore David Lee also had a day to remember and was another double winner after taking first place in the 50 freestyle (23.05) and the 100 freestyle (50.17).

“I felt all sorts of emotion and excitement,” Lee said. “I think about the long run. How fast I want to get two years from now and how do I have to train every single day to get to achieve that process. Get to that level. I try to train as hard as I can every single day to get to that level. One hundred perfect effort.”

Lee was a member that included senior Isaac Yang, junior Dorian Andrei and sophomore Ryan Feldman that garnered third place in the 400 freestyle relay (3.28.66) and part of a squad that included freshman Arsen Rostomyan, junior Gevorg Vardanyan and Yang that grabbed fourth place in the 200 freestyle relay (1.36.19).

Burbank sophomore David Lee (second from right) won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

As far as team standings, the Burroughs girls’ varsity placed third with 196 points while Burbank was fifth (173 points).

The Burbank boys’ varsity took third (248 points) while Burroughs was sixth (157 points).

“We had mostly all best times today,” Burbank coach Cody Parker said of his teams. “Obviously we had David Lee win two individual events and the boys’ 200 individual medley got consideration. So there’s a lot to be proud of as a team.”

Burroughs coach Jacob Cook was pleased with Wilson. “Maya is very impressive,” he noted. “Maya did some incredible stuff. She puts in the work. Her talent is just insane. She’s special. I just told her before the race, to go for it.”

Cook spoke about his teams. “There’s a lot of PR’s today,” he said. “A win for me is not just scores, but it’s to beat individual times.”

The Crescenta Valley girls’ varsity took first with 558 points, Arcadia grabbed second (474), Pasadena was fourth (178), Hoover sixth (153) and Glendale nabbed seventh (139).

In the boys’ varsity, Crescenta Valley was first (571), Arcadia took second (420.5), Hoover was fourth (165.5), Glendale placed fifth (161) and Pasadena took seventh (110).

That’s perfect form in the butterfly. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Other strong outings included Burroughs’ junior Reigh Abaoag taking second place in the 100 yard butterfly (52.89) and third in the 100 yard breaststroke (1.01.31).

The Burbank foursome of junior Michelle Morlock, sophomore Simone Bethel, junior Emily Udall and senior Angelica Perez took third in the 200 medley relay (2.04.86).

Udall also placed third in the 500 freestyle (5.46.97), sixth in the 100 butterfly (1.04.99) and was part of a foursome that included sophomore Simone Bethel, sophomore Geneva Bethel and Morlock that finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay (4.12.83).

In the boys’ 200 medley relay, the team of Rostomyan, Feldman, Andrei and Vardanyan finished third (1.45.87).

Other solid placings included the Burroughs team of junior Isaack Dowling, Abaoag, junior Arshak Berberyan and junior Nathan Gault-Crabb that grabbed fifth in the 200 medley relay (1.50.39).

It takes skill, training and determination to succeed as Burbank and Burroughs demonstrated at the Pacific League Finals. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs freshman Madeline Spangler was seventh in the 200 freestyle (2.15.16) and Burroughs freshman Isabelle Mucha was 10th in the same race (2.19.35).

Feldman finished in fourth place in the 200 freestyle (1.49.82) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1.05.12).

Morlock was fourth in the 100 freestyle (59.02) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (27.05).

Gault-Crabb was eighth in the 50 freestyle (24.14), while Andrei was eighth in the 100 butterfly (58.08) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (52.88).

Here’s a Burroughs swimmer giving it her all. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs freshman Nicolai Lazarev nabbed eighth place in the 500 freestyle (5.34.48).

The Burbank team of sophomore Geneva Bethel, Simone Bethel, sophomore Grace Tomasek and sophomore Angelina Chavez finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1.57.59).

Dowling, sophomore Arthur Eldridge, senior Scott Sauve and senior Daniel Marinero took seventh place in the 400 freestyle relay (3.46.92).

Wilson Leads Burroughs Swimming to Win Over Glendale

Burroughs High sophomore Maya Wilson isn’t sure what her best swimming event is.

One thing she does know is that she enjoys setting school records.

Wilson set another record Thursday as Burroughs defeated host Glendale 101-66. Glendale won the boys’ varsity competition 90-67.

Annabelle Morning swims the breaststroke.

“I’m trying to break some more records. It’s fun to just swim different events. I enjoy the strokes, sometimes,” said Wilson, who is a freestyle specialist. “It’s nice to see how I can push myself each year and improve my times each year.”

Wilson set a school record in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 59.68 seconds.

A distance swimmer, Wilson isn’t sure if she wants to focus more on the 200 freestyle or the 500, which is the longest distance swum at the high school level.

“Maybe I’ll try to break the league record in the 200 free. I know I was like .1 off last year,” Wilson said. “Recently in club times, I’ve broken 5 in the 500, so it would be nice to do that in league and CIF again.”

Wilson also won the 100 freestyle (56.0) and was on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

The 200 medley relay team that composed of Wilson, Marlena Skrabak, Annabelle Morning and Aleah Orozco won in 2:08.

The 200 free relay team of Wilson, Skrabak, Orozco and Emmanuella Nathan won in 1:56.

Nathan won the 500 free (27.94). Maddie Spencer won the 200 free (2:20). Morning captured the 100 breaststroke (1:22). Mia Fallon won the 500 free (6:14).

Burroughs also won the 400 free relay (4:22) with Fallon, Orozco, Nathan and Skrabak swimming legs.

Reigh Abaoag won two individual events for Burroughs.

For the Burroughs boys’ team, junior Reigh Abaoag won a pair of individual events and was on the winning 200 free relay that finished in 1:42.

Abaoag won the 100 butterfly (53.07) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.79). Abaoag recently set the school record in the butterfly.

He was joined by Arthur Eldridge, Daniel Marinero and Nathan Gault-Crabb on the relay victory.

“We have guys who are really passionate about getting their times down,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said.