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Burbank’s Rostomyan Wins Butterfly Title

Burbank High junior Roman Rostomyan knows he isn’t the fastest swimmer in the butterfly in the Pacific League.
But that didn’t stop Rostomyan from working to be the league’s best.

Thursday he won the 100-yard butterfly in the Pacific League championships in  52.46 seconds, a personal best.

“I was shooting for an automatic qualifying time in CIF and my teammates pushed me to go faster,” Rostomyan said.

Rostomyan had lots of teammates around him. Many were fellow Bulldogs. Some were Rose Bowl Aquatics teammates from schools across the league. Among those is Glendale High junior Trenton Julian, who is one of the fastest swimmers in the nation and has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter butterfly. Julian, the defending CIF Southern Section champion in the 100 butterfly, elected to pass on the event in league finals.
Rostomyan said seeing Julian has motivated him.
“He pushes me to go faster,” Rostomyan said. “I like to have someone to strive to reach.”

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Rostomyan was the only varsity league champion amongst Burbank and Burroughs as the meet was dominated by Crescenta Valley, which won all four divisions. Arcadia finished in second place in all four divisions.

He was also part of Burbank’s 400 yard freestyle relay team, which finished third, but shaved off a few more seconds of their school record. The team that also included Aki Arlington, Ashot Gavurmadzhyan and Justin Miller finished in 3:23.81. Their previous best had been 3:27.96.

Burbank’s girls’ 200 medley relay team of Michelle Morlock, Ashley Hinterlong, Melissa Udall and Angelic Perez finished third in 2:02.62.

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Arlington took third in the boys’ 50 freestyle (22.63) and was third in the 100 free (50.31).

For Burroughs’ Kyra Helfrich was fifth in the 100 freestyle (56.49). Mia Fallon was fourth in the 500 free (5:48.01).

Burroughs was second in the girls 200 free relay. The team of Helfrich, Mikayla Gardner, Lily Marsh and Cami Christopher finished in 1:49.23.

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Burbank’s boys’ 200 free relay team of Arlington, Nathan Rho, Miller and Rostomyan finished in 1:31.49.

Burbank, Burroughs Split Wins in Swim Meet

Burbank High didn’t have specific plans to break the school’s record in the boys’ 400 yard freestyle relay.
But the Bulldogs have done just that on a number of occasions.

They did so once again Tuesday when the Bulldogs defeated Burroughs 90-79. Burroughs won the girls’ competition 99-70.

“Since the beginning the season we found out we were able to reach it. As league has gone on, we’ve tried different combinations,” Burbank’s Roman Rostomyan said. “Today we broke it for the fourth time. We’re hoping to break it again by a little more in league finals.”
The Burbank team of Rostomyan, Aki Arlington, Ashot Gvurmadzhyan and Justin Miller swam 3 minutes, 27.96 seconds.
Rostomyan, who has received a CIF consideration time in the 100 butterfly, won the 200 freestyle (1:53.07) and the 100 backstroke (59.57).

Arlington won the 50 freestyle (23.26) and Miller the 100 free (51.38).


Reigh Abaoag led Burroughs with wins in the 100 butterfly (55.24) and the 100 breaststroke (1:03.56).
Cameron Suave won the 500 free (5:26.19).

On the girls’ side, Burroughs got a pair of wins from Mikayla Gardner in the 100 butterfly (1:03.92) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.52).

Kyra Helfrich won the 100 freestyle (57.09) and Lizzy Wrobel the 200 freestyle (2:14.22).
“We’ll see a lot of times drop next week,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said of the Pacific League Finals. “We’re expecting a lot next week.”

For Burbank, Melissa Udall won the 200 individual medley (2:31.26). Michelle Morlock won the 50 freestyle (27.97) and Ashley Hinterlong the 100 breaststroke (1:16.28).