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Class of 2020 Produces Many Future College Athletes

The class of 2020 wasn’t able to end its high school experience the way it had hoped to due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the 2019-2020 school year still provided a number of quality student athletes, even though we didn’t get to see all of them.

A large number of them performed well enough in their respective sports to continue at the next level.

The following is a list of Burroughs and Burbank High graduates as well as others who live in the city and attend private schools that will play collegiate athletics.

Burroughs

The Indians have a strong graduating class with a number of athletes who will move on to top colleges.

CIF champion swimmer Maya Wilson, who leaves Burroughs with every single individual event record in school history, will continue her career at UCLA.

Volleyball star Lydia Grote will follow in her older sister Marin’s footsteps by playing in the Pacific-12 Conference.

Lydia Grote (2) will continue her career at UC Berkeley. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Lydia will play for UC Berekley, whereas Marin is at the University of Washington.

Water polo goalie Emmanuella Nathan will continue her career at the University of the Pacific.

Softball player Isabella Kam was solid in the classroom as well as on the field and will play in the Ivy League for Dartmouth.

Cross country runner Robert McGraham will continue his distance running career at Loyola Marymount University.

Golfer Nico Coccio has signed to continue his career in Oklahoma at Rogers State University.

Also from the Burroughs softball team, Sidnie Dabbadie will go across the country to attend New Jersey City College. Sabrina Englebrecht will move on to El Camino College in Torrance and Memorie Munoz will play at College of the Canyons.

From the Burroughs baseball team, Ricky Perez and Brian Garcia will both attend Morningside College in Iowa. Teammate Albert Prado will also be moving to the Midwest as he is continuing his career at Ottawa University in Kansas. Johnny Angel and Jorge Gutierrez will both stay local at play at LA Mission College.

Distance runner Samantha Hoxsie will continue her career at Glendale Community College.

She will be joined at Glendale College by a few more classmates.

Basketball players A’sia Morales and Sophie Hawkins will suit up for the Vaqueros where they will join their high school coach Vicky Oganyan, who will play her sophomore season.

Glendale College is also expected to gain a large group of Burroughs football players.

Carson Cardenaz, Nick Garcia, Henry Diaz, Chance Spinks and Eric Quintero all plan on playing for the Vaqueros. Boys basketball player Corwin Smith will continue his career at College of the Canyons.

Boys volleyball player Connor Burroughs will play at Moorpark College.

Camila Sanchez-Tellez will continue her volleyball career at Pasadena City College.

Burbank

The Bulldogs are led by their distance runners, who have without question been the most successful sport in the school’s history.

The group of Victor Goli, Dayne Ellis, Anthony Chiaravalle and Steven Wright will all run at Cal State Northridge.  They led Burbank to fifth place finish in the state meet in cross country and a top-10 overall state ranking that combined all divisions.

Victor Goli is one of four Bulldogs headed to CSUN.

Sol Fernandez, who had a stellar career with the girls cross country team, will continue at Humboldt State University.

From the Burbank baseball team, Jakob Duarte will play in the Ivy League at Cornell.

OakLee Spens will continue his career at Lakeland College in Wisconsin.  Josh Balos and Luis Martinez will continue their careers at LA Valley College.

Troy Lee will move on to Pasadena City College and Dominik Severo will play at LA Mission College.

Burbank’s football team will be well represented.

Lineman Craig Rushton will continue at Glendale College. Devin Housholder will play at College of the Canyons.

Shawn Wilson will be playing at LA Valley College.

Issac Glover, Ben Burnham and Armando De La Cruz all plan on playing on the gridiron but remain undecided.

From the Burbank track team, Amira Ottosson will continue her sprinting career at the University of San Diego. James Smyth will continue his throwing career locally at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

Water polo player Sera Shahbazian will continue her career at LA Valley College.

Girls soccer player Ani Akopyan will continue her career at Los Angeles City College.

Providence

The Pioneers Andrew Dabbaghian will continue his career at College of the Canyons. Teammates Michael Joanou, A’Jahni Levias , Jordan Shelley and Bryce Whitaker will also their respective careers.

Jonou will play for Aurora University in Illinois. Levias is moving on to Central Wyoming College. Shelley will be playing at Northwest Tech in Kansas and Whitaker will be at Lamar College in Colorado.

Also from Providence, Nadia Singleton will continue her track and field career at Sonoma State University.

Village Christian

Kendall Jensen will give the UC Berkeley women’s volleyball a second player from Burbank as she joins her close friend, Burroughs grad Lydia Grote.

Also from Village Christian, Bella Orozco will continue her softball career at Alfred University in New York. Jalyne McFall will continue in football at New Mexico State. Mackenzie Woo will play lacrosse at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Quentin Roberts, who played for the Burbank Raptors Basketball Club, will continue his volleyball career at Thomas More University in Kentucky.

 

Lots of Spring Sports Questions Left Unanswered Due to COVID-19

With the loss of the high school sports spring season due to COVID-19, many will wonder for years what could have happened if they were able to finish off the season and for some their high school careers under normal circumstances.

But those lingering questions will never be answered as we all struggle to get through our daily lives stranded in our homes pondering what could have been.

Jayla Flowers

Some of the things that come to mind are locally are:

  1. Would Burroughs senior Maya Wilson repeat as the CIF Southern Section Division 3 champion in the 200 freestyle and would she add a 500 title as well before she heads off to UCLA?
  2. Would Burbank High junior Jayla Flowers improve on her 39-6 in the triple jump from last season and break the prestigious 40-foot barrier, which would make her one of the best in the nation?
  3. Would Burroughs Eli Gault-Crabb break his school’s 26-year-old record in the pole vault of 16 feet, 4 ¾ inches? Gault-Crabb is a junior and already cleared 16 feet early in the season, a mark that would almost definitely get him into the state finals.
  4. Would the Burroughs boys’ golf team hold off have been able to win all six league matches against Arcadia and take away the league title that the Apaches have owned for a very long time. Burroughs won the first two league matches, including one on Arcadia’s home course and appeared to be on its way.  Should the Indians should be able to call themselves league champions.
  5. Would anyone even be able to win a game in the Pacific League against the Burroughs boys’ volleyball team, which even defeated Redondo Union in a tournament. Yes, that’s a beach school that has pro volleyball players living all over within its attendance boundaries.
  6. Would Burbank High’s JJ Nakao repeat as the Pacific League champion in golf?
  7. How high would Victor Goli rank on the list of Burbank High’s top-10 in the 3,200 meters in school history? Goli was just one second away from getting into the top 10 and had aspirations of getting as close as he could to 9 minutes even.
  8. Would have the Burroughs softball team been able to challenge defending CIF champion Crescenta Valley for the league title?
  9. Would Burbank High’s Emma Cusumano break any of her older sister Haleigh’s personal bests in various track and field events?
  10. Would the Burroughs football team get Spring Football practice going under new coach Jesse Craven? Craven said he still has not met the team, but is able to use technology to send messages to his players.

We hope everyone stays safe and hope that we can all see each other again on fields, gyms, courses and in pools in the fall.

 

 

Athletes Try to Get Through Quarantine

Surviving the coronavirus as an athlete is difficult with facilities for almost every sport closed.
Now more than two weeks into a quarantine, some are still finding ways to do things to stay in shape.
Baseball and softball players can practice their swing off a tee or perhaps throw a ball against a garage or a wall at home.  Tennis players can also probably hit against a wall if they can find one.  Golfers can work on their putting. Volleyball players are probably a little more limited, but can still working on things like jumping drills.  Track runners are still able to keep in shape.  But those that are probably struggling the most are those who compete in field events and swimmers.
Burroughs High swimmer Maya Wilson, who has signed with UCLA, is one that has clearly been affected by it.

Maya Wilson, bottom row, second from left, and her Burroughs teammates, shown in a meet last season, haven’t been able to spend much time in the pool.

“I’m doing lots of weights and cardio. My club team and I are doing Zoom meetings to talk about technique and ways to work out while staying in quarantine,” Wilson said. “The biggest thing for a lot of us is how we are dealing with the whole situation mentally. Moving away from seeing your friends every day is hard enough, not to mention the disappointment from losing such an important final high school season and the in the water training that goes with it.”

Burbank High siblings Jarren and Jayla Flowers have tried their best to stay in shape just in case the track season does resume. Jayla finished fifth in the state in the triple jump as a sophomore.

Jarren Flowers jumping on a loose ball during the CIF playoffs, is doing all he can to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Jarren is a sprinter and star wide receiver/defensive back on the football team.
“These past few days me and my sister have been doing workouts indoor for track and sometimes outdoors while practicing social distancing,” Jarren Flowers said. “We have been also making sure to do yoga and pushups and situps to stay strong and loose. My sister has been doing mainly core and body weights stuff, which I have been doing too. With me, I try to find an open field at a park to do some football drills too.”

 

Burroughs’ Wilson, Grote Sign With Pac-12 Schools

Burroughs High has been blessed to have had a number of fine athletes over the years who have gone on to major universities.

Swimmer Maya Wilson and girls’ volleyball player Lydia Grote can add their names to that list.

Both recently signed national letters of intent with two of the finest universities in the nation that combine both excellence in academics and athletics.

 

Wilson, who holds the school record in every individual event, will attend UCLA.

Grote will continue her education and career at UC Berkeley.

“There were a lot of smaller schools and a lot of emails. I would get like 50 a day almost whether it was academic or athletic scholarships,” said Wilson, who said she has better than a 4.0 grade point average.

Wilson said she chose UCLA over Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Rice, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis, among others.

“UCLA has been my dream school. I’ve always loved it. It fits all of the things I wanted in a school,” Wilson said. “I don’t like the cold, so that kind of took out a lot of those schools.”

Since Wilson has been very versatile in swimming a number of events, she said her role with the Bruins will most likely be in the middle distance events.

 

“What they were looking at me more was for the 100 free, the 200 free and the 500 free and I’ll be able to do the relays for them,” she said.

Grote signed her letter of intent with UC Berkeley, where she will be joined by friend Kendall Jensen of Village Christian, who also lives in Burbank.

The outside hitter has played a key role in Burroughs winning three consecutive Pacific League titles.

 

She joins her sister, Marin, a 2018 Burroughs graduate, in the Pacific 12 Conference. Marin Grote plays for the University of Washington.

Emanuella Nathan, a star on the Burroughs girls’ water polo team, has signed a letter of intent with the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

 

Burroughs, Burbank Swimming Teams Fares Well In Pacific League Finals

By Rick Assad

 

There wasn’t a lot of drama in the Pacific League swimming finals as Crescenta Valley High, a longtime power, had its boys’ and girls’ team each place first on Thursday at the Burbank pool.

The Falcon boys’ squad collected 685.5 points and the girls’ crew finished with 502 points.

Arcadia, another perennially strong school, had a strong showing as the boys’ and girls’ team each took second with the boys’ getting 614 points and the girls’ picking up 469.5.

Burroughs and Burbank also fared well in the meet as the Indian boys’ team placed fifth with 254 points and the girls’ squad grabbed third with 272 points.

The Pacific League swimming finals saw strong outings by Burroughs and Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I thought the teams did really well. A lot of PRs (personal bests). Three school records broken. Overall I’m proud of them,” Burroughs swim coach Jacob Cook said.

The Bulldog boys garnered third place with 309 points and the girls nabbed fourth with 173.5 points.

Burroughs junior Maya Wilson took first place in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 59.68 and was second in the 500 yard freestyle (4:59.37).

Wilson is also part of the 200 medley relay team that was second (1:56.95) and included freshman Lilliana Noriega, freshman Elana Merrit and junior Emanuella Nathan.

Wilson is on the 400 freestyle relay squad that included sophomore Madeline Spangler, junior Isabel Oporta and freshman Kelly Long that finished third (3:59.67).

“It was a great practice day because some of my races were what I wanted them to be and others were not. This is just leading up to CIF which is where I’m going to be the most rested,” Wilson said of her day’s work. “It was a good, but not a great day.”

The Burroughs boys’ team placed fifth overall in the Pacific League finals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wilson said she was tired coming into the meet. “I felt terrible,” she noted. “I would say mostly physically and obviously that would play a role in my mentality. When I’m going through my resting periods leading up to big meets like CIF, my body fluctuates a lot and some days I’ll be extremely sore and some days I’ll not be sore at all.”

The Burbank foursome of senior Michelle Morlock, junior Simone Bethel, senior Emily Udall and junior Geneva Bethel were fourth (2:04.32) in the 200 medley relay.

Udall placed sixth (1:05.79) in the 100 butterfly and grabbed third in the 500 freestyle (5:39.61).

In the 100 butterfly, Burroughs senior Samantha Leandro was 13th (1:24.12) and Burbank senior Sharlene Nazari picked up 16th (1:31.32).

Spangler was fourth (58.12) in the 100 freestyle and Morlock captured sixth (59.11) in the same race.

Nathan placed 12th (1:02.06) and Burroughs sophomore Sophia Liwag was 15th (1:02.95).

Spangler was second (2:09.00) in the 200 yard freestyle and Burbank junior Geneva Bethel was fifth (2:14.97).

They’re off to a flying start in a Pacific League finals race. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs sophomore Isabella Mucha took eighth (2:15.42) and Burroughs junior Isabel Oporta was 10th (2:17.02).

In the 200 individual medley, Burroughs sophomore Angelina Lee was 10th (2:39.80) and Long took 11th (2:39.97). Long also placed 12th (6:21.81) in the 500 freestyle.

In the 200 IM, Burbank’s Ilona Oganesian was 15th (2:57.94) and Burbank senior Melody Moradi was 16th (2:59.87).

In the 500 freestyle, Burbank’s Hannah Nersissian was 14th (7:04.15). Noriega was fifth (26.48) in the 50 freestyle, Morlock placed seventh (26.62), Nathan grabbed 10th (26.28) and junior Simone Bethel was 16th (29.18).

In the 100 breaststroke, Merrit was seventh (1:17.32) and Simone Bethel took 10th (1.20.30) in the same race while Liwag finished 15th (1:24.84).

The team of Spangler, Mucha, Nathan and Noriega were third (1:49.61) in the 200 freestyle relay and Burbank’s sophomore Piper Mills, Moradi, Oganesian and Nazari took seventh (2:07.27).

The Burbank squad of Geneva Bethel, Simone Bethel, Udall and Morlock garnered fourth (4:07.75) in the 400 freestyle relay.

Burbank junior Ryan Feldman was fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:50.65) and Burbank senior Dorian Andrei placed 11th (1:58.71).

Burbank junior David Lee was fifth (50.45) in the 100 freestyle, Burbank sophomore Michael Jones placed 12th (53.07) and Burbank senior Charlie Thorpe was 16th (54.98).

Lee grabbed fourth (22.98) in the 50 freestyle, Burroughs senior Drew Baelly was eighth (23.58), Jones placed ninth (23.10) and Burroughs senior Isaack Dowling nabbed 16th (24.37).

Burbank sophomore Arsen Rostomyan was fifth (59.97) in the 100 backstroke, Burroughs junior Jehu Morning was ninth (59.86), Dowling was 11th (1:03.53) and Burroughs freshman Kristian Solano took 16th (1:10.30).

Burroughs senior Reigh Abaoag was sixth (54.12) in the 100 butterfly, Burbank sophomore Arsen Rostomyan took seventh (54.20), Burbank senior Gevorg Vardanyan was ninth (54.29), Gavurmadzhyan was 10th (54.91), Burbank senior Dorian Andrei placed 15th (58.59) and Burroughs senior Arshak Berberyan took 16th (59.67).

Abaoag placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1.02.88), Feldman finished sixth (1:03.00) and Burbank freshman Edward Mezhlumyan took 14th (1:12.85).

Burbank senior Gevorg Vardanyan was ninth in the 200 IM (2:09.34), Burbank senior Ashot Gavurmadzhyan took 10th (2:11.52), Burbank senior Gavin Jay grabbed 12th (2:25.31) and Burroughs senior Ryan Jaramillo finished 14th (2:33.74).

Burbank junior Henry Margaryan was 11th (6:07.72) in the 500 freestyle, Burbank sophomore Daniel semizyan took 12th (6:10.16), Burbank freshman Edward Mezhlumyan was 14th (6:23.78) and Burroughs junior Matthew Mucha was 15th (6:44.84).

The team of Feldman, Lee, Gavurmadzhyan and Rostomyan were third (3:21.78) in the 400 freestyle relay while senior Nathan Gault-Crabb, Dowling, Berberyan and Baelly took sixth (3:35.87).

Rostomyan, Feldman, Gavurmadzhyan and Lee were third (1:41.80) in the 200 medley relay and Morning, Abaoag, Gault-Crabb and Baelly finished fourth (1:43.14).

Andrei, Jones, Thorpe and Vardanyan placed fourth (1:33.71) in the 200 freestyle relay and Abaoag, Dowling, Gault-Crabb and Baelly were fifth (1:33.86).

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.

 

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).

Burbank Boys, Burroughs Girls Win in Rivalry Dual Meet in Pool

The Burbank High boys’ swim team and the Burroughs High girls’ swim team earned victories Wednesday afternoon when the two rivals squared off in the final dual meet of the Pacific League season at Burbank.

Burroughs won the girls’ varsity competition by a score of 86-75. Burbank took the boys’ competition by a score of 85-60.

David Lee competes in the 100 Freestyle. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

David Lee earned a pair of individual victories for the Burbank boys’ team by winning the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Ryan Feldman was also impressive for the Bulldogs in taking the 200 freestyle and taking second in the 100 breaststroke.

Burroughs boys’ team was led by Reigh Abaoag, who won the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.

Nicolai Lazarev also had some solid performances for the Indians, winning the 500 free and finishing second in the 200 free.

Maya Wilson competes in the 100 yd Butterfly. (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Maya Wilson led the Burroughs girls’ team. Traditionally a distance swimmer, she won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly.

Burbank was led by Michelle Morlock, who won the 100 free and took second in the 50 free.

See below for varsity results.

 

Burroughs at Burbank swimming April 25, 2018
Boys Varsity Results
EventPlaceNameTime
200 medley relay
1Burbank (Arsen Rostomyan, Ryan Feldman, Dorian Andrei, Gevorg Vardanyan)01:49.7
2Burroughs (Isaack Dowling, Reigh Aboang, Arshak Berberyan., Nathan Gault-Crabb
3Burbank (Henry Margaryan, Ford Roll, Daniel Semizyan, Andy Alvarez)
4Burroughs (Jehu Morning, Scott Sauve, Aaron Meza, John Paul De Fabry)
200 Freestyle1Ryan Feldman (B)01:55.0
2Nicolai Lazarev (JB)
3Scott Sauve (JB)
4Isaac Yang (B)
5Daniel Semizyan (B)
200 Individual Medley1Henry Margaryan (B)02:16.3
2Daniel Marinero (JB)
3Gevorg Vardanyan(B)
50 Freestyle1David Lee (B)22.7
2Nathan Gault-Crabb (JB)
3Orbel Barooni (B)
4Andy Alvarez (B)
5Arthur Eldridge (JB)
6Daniel Marinero (JB)
100 Butterfly1Reigh Abaoag (JB)53.15
2Dorian Andrei (B)
3Gevorg Vardanyan(B)
4Arshak Berberyan (JB)
5Orbel Barooni (B)
100 Freestyle1David Lee (B)53.21
2Arsen Rostomyan(B)
3Videsh Shrestha (B)
4Arthur Eldridge (JB)
5Aaaron Meza (JB)
6Matthew Mucha (JB)
500 Freestyle1Nicolai Lazarev (JB)05:40.5
200 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Orbel Barooni, David Lee, Gevorg Vardanyan, Isaac Yang)01:40.1
2Burroughs (Nathan Gault-Crabb, Issack Dowling, Arthur Eldridge, Daniel Marinero)
3Burbank (Aleko Brice, Andy Alvarez, Videsh Shrestha, Ford Roll)
4Burroughs (Arshak Berberyan, Nicolai Lazarev, Scott Sauve, John Paul De Fabry)
5Burroughs (Aaron Meza, Max Zekowski, Matthew Mucha, Jehu Morning)
100 Backstroke1Arsen Rostomyan(B)01:03.8
2Isaack Dowling (JB)
3Jehu Morning (JB)
4Henry Margaryan (B)
5Aleko Brice (B)
100 Breaststroke1Reigh Abaoag (JB)01:02.2
2Ryan Feldman (B)
3Ford Roll (B)
4Videsh Shrestha (B)
400 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Arsen Rostomyan, Ryan Feldman, Dorian Andrei, David Lee)03:33.5
2Burroughs (Reigh Abaoag, Issack Dowling, Scott Sauve, Nathan Crabb-Gault)
3Burroughs (Nicolai Lazarev, Arthur Eldridge, Arshak Berberyan, John Paul De Fabry)
4Burbank (Isaac Yang, Daniel Semizyan, Videsh Shrestha, Henry Margaryan)
5Burroughs (Aaron Meza, Max Zekowski, Matthew Mucha, Jehu Morning)
Girls Varsity Results
EventPlaceNameTime
200 Medley Relay1Burbank (Michelle Morlock, Simone Bethel, Emily Udall, Angelica Perez)02:05.6
2Burroughs (Madeline Lingad, Amabelle Morning, Maya Wilson, Bianca Sanchez)
3Burroughs (Isabel Canelo, Jaelynn Bijasa, Mia Fallon, Lily Marsh)
4Burroughs (Leann Bermudez, Amy Berberyan, Isabella Mucha, Katie Vlick)
5Burbank (Melody Moradi, Stephanie Harkness, Sharlene Nazari, Angelica Chavez)
200 Freestyle1Maddie Spangler (JB)02:16.9
2Mia Fallon (JB)
3Geneva Bethel (B)
4Isabella Mucha (JB)
5Ilona Oganesian (B)
200 Individual Medley1Emily Udall (B)02:34.2
2Bianca Sanchez (JB)
3Jaelynn Bijasa (JB)
4Sharlene Nazari (B)
50 Freestyle1Maya Wilson (JB)25.44
2Michelle Morlock (B)
3Emmanuella Nathan (JB)
4Angelica Perez (B)
5Marlena Skrabak (JB)
100 Butterfly1Maya Wilson (JB)59.52
2Emily Udall (B)
3Stephanie Harkness (B)
4Sharlene Nazari (B)
100 Freestyle1Michelle Morlock (B)01:00.6
2Maddie Spangler (JB)
3Angelica Chavez (B)
4Lily Marsh (JB)
5Isabel Oporta (JB)
6Simone Bethel (B)
500 Freestyle1Mia Fallon (JB)06:13.5
2Geneva Bethel (B)
3Angelica Perez (B)
200 Freestyle Relay1Burroughs (Maya Wilson, Bianca Sanchez, Marlena Skrabak, Emmanuella Nathan)01:51.1
2Burroughs (Maddie Spangler, Jaelynn Bijasa, Isabel Oporta, Brianna Meneses)
3Burbank (Geneva Bethel, Simone Bethel, Ilona Oganesian, Sharlene Nazari)
100 Backstroke1Isabel Canelo (JB)01:15.1
2Melody Moradi (B)
3Angelina Chavez (B)
100 Breaststroke1Simone Bethel (B)01:32.7
2Amabelle Morning (JB)
3Isabella Mucha (JB)
4Amy Berberyan (JB)
5Stephanie Harkness (B)
400 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Emily Udall, Michelle Morlock, Angelica Perez, Geneva Bethel)04:54.3
2Burroughs (Isabella Mucha, Mia Fallon, Bianca Sanchez, Marlene Skrabak)
3Burroughs (Isabel Oporta, Amy Berberyan, Lily Marsh, Maddie Spangler)
4Burbank (Angelina Chavez, Stephanie Harkness, Melody Moradi, Ilona Oganesian)
5Burroughs (Leann Bermudez, Katie Vlick, Fatima Serrano, Sedona Puglisi)

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.