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Liang, Howe close out standout swimming careers at CCS finals

Andrew Liang and Ally Howe have a lot in common as they head into their final Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Both are seniors and among the best in the nation with All-American times. Both are club teammates on Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics and swam at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Both are defending section champs in two events. Howe owns one CCS mark while Liang is taking aim at his first. Both are coming off a week where they led their respective teams to league meet titles. And, both are headed to Stanford this fall to continue their swim careers.

During their four years representing their teams, the Palo Alto boys have won four straight SCVAL De Anza Division league meet titles while the Sacred Heart Prep captured four straight West Bay Athletic League championships.

Clearly, both have been key members of their respective teams. Liang holds three individual school records and is a member of three school record-setting relays. Howe holds all eight individual school records and is a member of all three relay teams that hold school marks.

"The best way to say it, he is just a nice young man," said Paly coach Danny Dye. "His parents really raised him with the right moral values. He is polite, works hard, is a good friend, and he is humble about his abilities. He is smart, obviously -- going to Stanford -- talented and yet his friends can see him clearly as a peer.

"(He is) someone who likes to laugh, joke, have a good time. He talent never got into his head. He is just a very nice young man who happens to be really, really fast!!! And, he is dedicated to continuing to find ways to work hard and swim fast. He is very similar to (former Paly All-American) Jasmine (Tosky) in the fact that they are just good people who have a gift. But, they have learned to be a part of a team and share that gift, rather than thinking it is only about them."

Kevin Morris, who coaches Howe, has similar thoughts on his senior standout.

"Obviously it will be impossible to replace Ally next year, but, more than that, I'll miss her personally a ton," Morris said. "I had the privilege of teaching her this year in AP Statistics, and it so amazing to see how the incredible work ethic she shows in the pool translated to the classroom. It's a cliche to say that accomplished swimmers like Ally sacrifice so much with hour after hour of morning practice, but Ally takes that same attitude to everything she does, including her math homework. She's also one of the kindest, sweetest people I've ever met, and she has embraced that role on our team, complimenting everyone on their best times and helping out the younger swimmers with their starts and turns.

"As she's winding up her CCS career, she's more relaxed and just enjoying her team, and I can't wait to see what she does at CCS this weekend; I think it is going to be something special. She's sort of been the public face of our program since she's arrived, and I couldn't think of a nicer representative and role model."

Both Liang and Howe could take down a record or two this weekend as they close out their respective careers.

Howe owns the CCS mark in the 100 back with a 52.32 from last year. That just missed the national private school record. She'll go after her own mark as well as defend her 200 IM title.

Liang's best record shot is in the 100 fly, where SHP grad Tom Kremer's 47.12 from 2012 is clearly within reach. Liang won the CCS title last season in 47.19 and could be the first section swimmer to break 47 seconds.

Liang's personal best is a meet record of 46.88, which came at the 2014 Southern Zone/Speedo Champions Series in College Station, Texas in late February while he was helping PASA win the team title. The national public school record is 45.89. Coincidently, Tosky owns the girls' national public school record (51.92), set in the CCS prelims in 2011.

"Our team has a goal in mind," said Liang, referring to the Vikings taking aim at ending Bellarmine's streak of 29 straight section titles. "I have my own individual goals . . . I'm confident for what can happen. This is my last dance. Hopefully, I can make it a good one."

Friday's section trials, which also begin at 2:30 p.m., will determine whether the Paly boys have a shot at ending Bellarmine's historic streak of 29 straight titles. The Vikings will have more diving points than the Bells, who have no divers entered.

Paly can match up in the relays and has more depth in the backstroke. The crucial factor is depth as the top 16 swimmers score. Looking at the top eight qualifiers in each event, Palo Alto has 13 among that group while Bellarmine has seven. The Vikings also have the fastest 200 free and 400 free relays plus the No. 2-ranked 2oo medley relay.

2014 CCS SWIMMING LEADERS

Top eight qualifiers for Friday's trials

BOYS

200 medley relay -- St. Francis 1:34.39; 2. Palo Alto 1:35.48; 3. Monta Vista 1:36.02; 4. Los Gatos 1:36.61; 5. Gunn 1:37.09; 6. Serra 1:37.17; 7. St. Ignatius 1:37.22; 8. Bellarmine 1:39.09.

200 free -- Burns (Bellarmine) 1:40.35; 2. Martins (Monta Vista) 1:41.31; 3. Al. Liang (Palo Alto) 1:42.0; 4. Hatch (Sobrato) 1:42.81; 5. Cho (Palo Alto) 1:43.35; 6. Hannigan (Leigh) 1:43.86; 7. Burrill (Bellarmine) 1:44.55; 8. Borch (Saratoga) 1:44.76.

200 IM -- Ogren (St. Francis) 1:48.54; 2. Lee (Palo Alto) 1:52.84; 3. Messner (Bellarmine) 1:55.10; 4. Bolender (Santa Cruz) 1:55.60; 5. Wang (Palo Alto) 1:55.62; 6. Panchak (Los Gatos) 1:55.67; 7. Boboff (St. Ignatius) 1:55.97; 8. Kmak (Serra) 1:56.66.

50 free -- An. Liang (Palo Alto) 20.33; 2. Gwo (Los Altos) 20.99; 3. Kranenburg (St. Ignatius) 21.39; 4. Sun (St. Ignatius) 21.44; 5. Reed (Bellarmine) 21.75; 6. Elmurib (St. Francis) 21.75; 7. Chen (Monta Vista) 21.79; 8. Iacovone (Burlingame) 21.81.

One-meter diving -- Zeng (The King's Academy) 631.95; 2. Merrit (Palo Alto) 461.90; 3. Drollinger (Salinas) 457.25; 4. Mamola (Santa Teresa) 433.40; 5. Urbani (Burlingame) 417.25; 6. Shelton (Menlo-Atherton) 411.50; 7. Jung (Carlmont) 407; 8. Hillen (Palo Alto) 398.

100 fly -- An. Liang (Palo Alto) 47.74; 2. Matsuda (Gunn) 49.56; 3. Olay (Monta Vista) 51.54; 4. Staka (Aptos) 51.59; 5. Pawlak (Live Oak) 51.76; 6. Thomas (Valley Christian) 51.93; 7. Mayer (Bellarmine) 52.40; 8. Ma (Sequoia) 52.65.

100 free -- Ho (St. Francis) 46.30; 2. Sun (St. Ignatius) 46.93; 3. Hannigan (Leigh) 46.93; 4. Pon (Monta Vista) 47.43; 5. Gwo (Los Altos) 47.54; 6. Zamecki (Serra) 47.72; 7. Kranenburg (St. Ignatius) 47.74; 8. Ama (Gunn) 47.76.

500 free -- Burns (Bellarmine) 4:30.24; 2. Matsuda (Gunn) 4:32.60; 3. Al. Liang (Palo Alto) 4:32.96; 4. Martins (Monta Vista) 4:36.89; 5. Messner (Bellarmine) 4:40.13; 6. Burke (St. Ignatius) 4:43.60; 7. Cruse (St. Ignatius) 4:44.27; 8. Naughton (St. Ignatius) 4:45.51.

200 free relay -- Palo Alto 1:25.91; 2. St. Ignatius 1:26.26; 3. Bellarmine 1:26.72; 4. St. Francis 1:27.54; 5. Burlingame 1:28.92; 6. Los Gatos 1:28.94; 7. Gunn 1:29.45; 8. Saratoga 1:29.47.

100 back -- Ho (St. Francis) 49.96; 2. Lee (Palo Alto) 50.22; 3. Gutierrez (Gunderson) 50.91; 4. Cho (Palo Alto) 52.46; 5. Bolender (Santa Cruz) 53.0; 6. Wang (Palo Alto) 53.74; 7. McCormick (Branham) 53.93; 8. Yan (Homestead) 53.98.

100 breast -- Ogren (St. Francis) 54.86; 2. Panchak (Los Gatos) 55.97; 3. Kmak (Serra) 56.02; 4. Applebaum (Leigh) 58.04; 5. Powell (Palo Alto) 58.54; 6. Boboff (St. Ignatius) 58.65; 7. Hao (St. Ignatius) 58.71; 8. Shang (Monta Vista) 58.76.

400 free relay -- Palo Alto 3:07.50; 2. St. Francis 3:08.81; 3. Bellarmine 3:09.45; 4. St. Ignatius 3:11.62; 5. Gunn 3:13.96; 6. Los Gatos 3:14.32; 7. Serra 3:15.01; 8. Leigh 3:16.34.

GIRLS

200 medley relay -- Mitty 1:46.16; 2. Presentation 1:46.94; 3. Sacred Heart Prep 1:47.02; 4. Mountain View 1:48.52; 5. Gunn 1:48.73; 6. Los Gatos 1:48.94; 7. Menlo-Atherton 1:49.75; 8. St. Francis 1:49.98.

200 free -- Campbell (Gunn) 1:47.37; 2. Ladd (Willow Glen) 1:48.55; 3. Shimomura (Archbishop Mitty) 1:50.89; 4. Soe (Pioneer) 1:51.05; 5. Pont (Menlo-Atherton) 1:54.33; 6. Zanolli (Menlo-Atherton) 1:55.31; 7. 7 Haynes (Independence) 1:55.65; 8. Maxwell (Burlingame) 1:55.68.

200 IM -- Goldman (Burlingame) 2:01.85; 2. Howe (Sacred Heart Prep) 2:03.80; 3. Delisle (Mitty) 2:04.58; 4. Isleta (Presentation) 2:06.76; 5. Ma (Cupertino) 2:07.43; 6. Krivokapic-Zhou (Santa Clara) 2:07.47; 7. McKennan (Mitty) 2:07.90; 8. L. Kaunitz (Monta Vista) 2:08.80.

50 free -- S. Kaunitz (Monta Vista) 23.37; 2. Zhao (Palo Alto) 23.56; 3. Reid (Monta Vista) 23.76; 4. Bethke (Gunn) 23.84; 5. Koo (Homestead) 24.10; 6. Brolin (Gilroy) 24.41; 7. Cry (Monterey) 24.67; 8. Rajaratnam (Cupertino) 24.68.

One-meter diving -- Cacao (Milpitas) 540.75; 2. Lin (Palo Alto) 481; 3. Wootton (Lynbrook) 474.05; 4. Pang (Monta Vista) 469.30; 5. Zhou (Gunn) 465; 6. Ramil (St. Francis) 460.40; 7. Paulsen (Menlo-Atherton) 456.10; 8. Fujioka (Los Altos) 425.75.

100 fly -- Grimes (Los Gatos) 54.58; 2. Brolin (Gilroy) 54.89; 3. Goldman (Burlingame) 56.23; 4. Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton) 56.61; 5. Katter (Castilleja) 56.92; 6. Wong (Mountain View) 57.56; 7. Wittenbrink (Palo Alto) 57.71; 8. Lu (St. Francis) 58.09.

100 free -- Ladd (Willow Glen) 50.38; 2. S. Kaunitz (Monta Vista) 51.20; 3. Bethke (Gunn) 51.42; 4. Reid (Monta Vista) 51.49; 5. Koo (Homestead) 52.75; 6. Schultz (Cupertino) 53.08; 7. Pont (Menlo-Atherton) 53.12; 8. Hartman (Mountain View) 53.16.

500 free -- Campbell (Gunn) 4:49.73; 2. Soe (Pioneer) 4:51.20; 3. Shimomura (Archbishop Mitty) 5:01.89; 4. Haynes (Independence) 5:05.03; 5. O'Brien (Leigh) 5:05.13; 6. Zanolli (Menlo-Atherton) 5:05.80; 7. Maxwell (Burlingame) 5:06.21; 8. 8 Karpishin (Hillsdale) 5:08.52.

200 free relay -- Monta Vista 1:35.90; 2. Gunn 1:38.10; 3. Mitty 1:38.17; 4. Burlingame 1:38.64; 5. St. Francis 1:38.70; 6. Los Gatos 1:39.62; 7. Palo Alto 1:40.32; 8. Leland 1:40.34.

100 back -- Isleta (Presentation) 55.37; 2. Howe (Sacred Heart Prep) 55.72; 3. Grimes (Los Gatos) 55.82; 4. Delisle (Mitty) 57.0; 5. Wong (Mountain View) 57.23; 6. Krivokapic-Zhou (Santa Clara) 57.42; 7. Lin (Mitty) 57.75; 8. Stanbury (Mitty) 58.51.

100 breast -- McKennan (Mitty) 1:03.10; 2. Zhao (Palo Alto) 1:03.98; 3. Ting (Saratoga) 1:04.63; 4. Tam (San Mateo) 1:04.92; 5. Katter (Castilleja) 1:05.18; 6. Leonis (Presentation) 1:05.54; 7. Ma (Cupertino) 1:05.79; 8. L. Kaunitz (Monta Vista) 1:06.36.

400 free relay -- Monta Vista 3:28.59; 2. Gunn 3:29.74; 3. Burlingame 3:34.39; 4. Mitty 3:34.56; 5. Sacred Heart Prep 3:35.53; 6. Menlo-Atherton 3:36.65; 7. Los Gatos 3:37.29; 8. Pioneer 3:37.99.

CCS GIRLS' SWIM RECORDS

Event Time Name Team Year

200 medley relay 1:44.17 Burlingame 2012

200 free 1:43.26 Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto 2012

200 IM 1:57.94 Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto 2009

50 free 22.24 Maddy Schaefer St. Francis 2010

Diving 515.60 Alexa Cacac Milpitas 2013

100 fly 51.92p Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto 2011

100 free 48.61 Maddy Schaefer St. Francis 2010

Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto 2012

500 free 4:43.96 Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto 2009

200 free relay 1:34.16 St. Francis 2010

100 back 52.32 Ally Howe SH Prep 2013

100 breast 1:01.50 Sarah Liang Palo Alto 2009

400 free relay 3:23.06 Gunn 2012

CCS BOYS' SWIM RECORDS

Event Time Name Team Year

200 medley relay 1:31.84 Saratoga 2009

200 free 1:35.86 Sam Shimomura Bellarmine 2012

200 IM 1:45.01 Curtis Ogren St. Francis 2013

50 free 19.89 Shayne Fleming V. Christian 2009

Diving 662.15 Zhipeng Zeng King's Academy 2011

100 fly 47.12p Tom Kremer SH Prep 2012

100 free 43.71 Shayne Fleming V. Christian 2009

500 free 4:18.26 Michael Nunan Valley Christian 2012

200 free relay 1:23.57 Bellarmine 2012

100 back 47.91 Tom Kremer SH Prep 2012

100 breast 53.90 Curtis Ogren St. Francis 2013

400 free relay 3:00.68 Saratoga 2009

CCS SWIMMING SCHEDULE

at George F. Haines International Swim Center, Santa Clara

SATURDAY

(All times are for finals, consolation events begin 3 minutes earlier)

2:33 p.m. -- Girls 200 medley relay

2:39 p.m. -- Boys 200 medley relay

2:47 p.m. -- Girls 200 freestyle

2:53 p.m. -- Boys 200 freestyle

2:59 p.m. -- Girls 200 Individual Medley

3:05 p.m. -- Boys 200 Individual Medley

3:10 p.m. -- Girls 50 freestyle

3:14 p.m. -- Boys 50 freestyle

Break for awards

3:46 p.m. -- Girls 100 butterfly

3:52 p.m. -- Boys 100 butterfly

3:58 p.m. -- Girls 100 freestyle

4:04 p.m. -- Boys 100 freestyle

4:14 p.m. -- Girls 500 freestyle

4:28 p.m. -- Boys 500 freestyle

4:43 p.m. -- Girls 200 free relay

4:49 p.m. -- Boys 200 free relay

Break for awards

5:12 p.m. -- Girls 100 backstroke

5:18 p.m. -- Boys 100 backstroke

5:24 p.m. -- Girls 100 breaststroke

5:30 p.m. -- Boys 100 breaststroke

Break for awards

5:45 p.m. -- Girls 400 free relay

5:55 p.m. -- Boys 400 free relay

Comments

Posted by Noel, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

Go Andrew! Go PALY!


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