Cleveland up for the challenge
The Cleveland boys won nine events, including two by senior Michael Chiu, to record a 128-50 West Valley League victory over visiting Granada Hills High. The Cavaliers girls’ team, second at last year’s City final, took three of the top four spots in the 100-yard backstroke and swept the first three places in the 100 breaststroke to secure a 102-83 win over the Highlanders, who finished third last season. It took only eight days for the Cleveland of Reseda girls’ swim team to face its toughest challenge of the regular season. It took less than eight minutes Monday for the Cavaliers boys’ swim team to demonstrate why they are the defending City Section champions. “I told them this is going to determine the league championship right here,” said Cleveland coach Teresa Frias, whose girls’ team has won four consecutive league titles and two City championships in the past three years. “I told our breaststrokers they need to go 1-2-3, so I was happy to see that.” , Adriana Silva (5minutes, 33.7 seconds), Sami Elam and Kaley Meister took the top three spots for Granada Hills, which followed with a victory in the 200 free relay (1:50.1) to pull as close as 71-68. But the Cavaliers responded, with freshman Tessa Chiu – who also captured the 200 individual medley (2:27.0) – winning the 100 backstroke (1:04.9). Jessica Chong (1:16.8), Yuri Shin and Susana Balcazar’s breaststroke sweep extended the lead to 96-75. “I’m surprised they swam the 500,” Frias said. “I thought they would sweep the 50 and 100, so I was bummed about how the 500 went. But the 50 and 100 were a good surprise for me with the way (we) stepped up.” Silva, fourth in the 50 and second in the 100 at last year’s City finals, doubled in the 200 (2:04.5) and 500. She also contributed to victories in the 200 and 400 (4:00.5)relays. “It’s definitely very encouraging,” said Granada Hills coach Gila Ruivenkamp, whose teams will face reigning City girls’ champion and last year’s boys’ runner-up Palisades of Pacific Palisades in a nonleague meet Wednesday at Cal State Northridge. “The varsity girls did do well, especially since we didn’t have all of our divers.” Chris Baier, the defending City champion in the boys’ 200 and 500 frees, followed a strong performance over the weekend at the Speedo California/Nevada Spring Sectionals in Long Beach with easy victories in 1:54.5 and 4:52.7. Garrett Hubbard was the only other individual winner for the Highlanders, capturing the 200 IM (2:10.8). Chiu doubled in the 100 free (51.0) and 100 backstroke (54.8), and Fred Aquino, Albert Han and Ashkaun Hami also won individual events for the six-time league champion Cavaliers, who swept all three relays. In the 500 freestyle free email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!