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The South Pasadena Boys Swim Team (3-1) turned in a dominating performance Tuesday afternoon at home against Blair. The boys’ 124-34 victory over an undermanned Vikings’ side was most competitive in the matches between Tigers’ teammates.
In the 50 freestyle, Evan Yerian turned in a time of 24:76 to edge out Joshua Lee by .05 seconds. Lee returned the favor in the 100 free, clocking a 54:28 to Yerian’s 54:29.
In the 500 free, senior leader Jaden Mullin clocked a 5:12:85 to win the race by 10 seconds. Mullin also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:14:35.
Derek Leung led the Tigers in the 100 Butterfly, Henrique Sannibale finished 1st in the 100 backstroke, Mani Roshandi touched first in the 100 breast stroke and Tim Chiu clocked a 1:55:29 in the 200 freestyle to round out the individual races.
In relay competition, there were exciting finishes to the 200 and 400 free. The team of Matthew Jhun, Leong, Andres Limon and Lee turned in a 1:44:83 to beat out their fellow Tigers by .49 seconds.
The 400 free style was even closer. Lee, Limon, Francisco Villegas, and Chiu lost to the team of Sannibale, Roshandi, Yerian and Mullin by just .44 seconds.
South Pasadena is led by first-year head coach Pat Armstrong. The 26-year-old comes to the team having retired just months ago from professional swimming.
“Sometimes I miss the competition, but I enjoy having the responsibility of building character and developing these kids in and out of the pool,” Armstrong said.
The coach believes this year’s squad is deep in talent, both old and young.
“Some of our junior varsity guys come from a water polo background, but they’re still turning in some pretty good times,” he said. “With some stroke training and some more strength training, I could see a couple of them moving up to varsity this year.”
The Tigers will face their stiffest competition from La Cañada, who they face on the road on April 26.