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Burbank Boys, Burroughs Girls Win in Rival Swim Meet

Maya Wilson is just a junior at Burroughs High. But she wanted to make sure she went into her senior year as hands down the greatest female swimmer in school history.

So Wednesday afternoon she did just that in her home pool.
Wilson set two more school records to give a school record in every individual event. Her efforts helped Burroughs win 96-70 over Burbank. The Bulldogs returned the favor in the boys’ varsity competition, winning 109-54.


“Today I just wanted to have fun and see what I could do. I came here and put on a suit and swam as fast as I could and it turned out well I guess,” said Wilson, who now holds Burroughs records in all eight individual events. “I enjoy doing the other strokes just to see how fast I can go.”

Wilson swam the 100 backstroke for the first time this season and won in 1 minute, 1.06 seconds, breaking the 2005 school record of Olga Sepa of 1:01.86.
Wilson lowered her own school record in the 200 individual medley by winning 2:09.85. Her previous school record was 2:12.81.
Wilson was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team with Lilliana Noriega, Elana Merritt and Emanuella Nathan (1:59.87). Wilson, Madeline Spangler, Nathan and Noriega teamed up to win the 200 free relay (1:48.37).

Burbank High got double individual victories from Michelle Morlock, who won the 50 in 26.62 and 100 freestyle (58.40). Fellow Bulldog Emily Udall won the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle.
Burroughs’ Spangler won the 200 freestyle (2:12.92) and Merritt took the 100 breaststroke (1:19.97).
Burbank dominated in the boys’ competition.

Burroughs’ Reigh Abaoag won the 100 butterfly (54.57) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.15) and the Indians won the 200 free relay as Burbank won the remaining events.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

David Lee won the 50 and 100 freestyle. Arsen Rostomyan won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
Ashot Gavurmadzhyan won the 200 individual medleys for the Bulldogs. Ryan Feldman was victorious in the 200 freestyle.
The Burbank boys’ team finishes the Pacific League season with a 4-2 dual meet record. The Burbank girls’ team finishes the league season at 2-4. Burroughs finishes the season with a 4-2 mark for the girls’ team and a 3-3 mark for the boys’ team.

Swimmers Only Getting Faster at Burbank, Burroughs

Swimming is a sport that hasn’t been the most successful since Olympian Cathy Ferguson made her mark locally in the 1960s. But strides have been made in recent years at both Burbank and Burroughs highs with several school records have been broken. This year we could see some more.

Burbank

The Bulldogs are led on the boys’ side by junior David Lee, the defending Pacific League champion in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.

Burbank has a solid core behind Lee. Senior Gevorg Vardanyan should offer help in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior Ryan Feldman could also have a strong season in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle.

Senior Dorian Andrei, like Vardanyan, figures to do well in the butterfly and medley events.

Senior Charlie Thorpe should offer some support in the freestyle events and senior Ashot Gavurmadzhyan is strong in the breaststroke and butterfly events.

“The boys team is looking to remain in the top three in the Pacific League, while also securing automatic cuts for relays for the CIF meet,” Burbank coach Cody Parker said. “David Lee (is aiming) to remain the top sprinter in the league, while qualifying individually for CIF. The girls look to secure a spot in the top three in the Pacific League.”

The Burbank girls’ team is led by senior Michelle Morlock, who is a 50 and 100 meter freestyle specialist.

Senior Melody Moradi offers help in the freestyle events, as does senior Emily Udall, who will also compete in the butterfly.

Juniors Simone and Geneva Bethel are also freestyle specialists. Simone Bethel could also score some points in the breaststroke.

Burroughs

The Indians are led by junior distance swimmer Maya Wilson, who has qualified for CIF competition the last two years.

Senior Aleah Orozco also brings back key experience in the freestyle and relay events.
Junior Emmanuella Nathan returns to give the Indians another swimmer with varsity experience in the relay events.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Sophomores Madeline Spangler and Isabelle Mucha were both on varsity as freshmen.

The top newcomer is freshman Lilliana Noriega.

For the Burroughs boys’ team, senior Reigh Abaoag is the top returner. He is particularly strong in the butterfly and breaststroke events.

Seniors Issack Dowling, Nathan Gault-Crabb and Arshak Berberyan also figure to play key roles.

Sophomore Nicolai Lazarev is a distance swimmer with a bright future ahead.