Swimming: Lowell takes boys and girls titles, Lincoln’s Vu smashes AAA records

Lowell's Kaitlin Leung celebrates after her win in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday at City College of San Francisco. (Photo by Doug Ko)

By Jeremy Balan

They may have gone about it in completely different ways, but it was business as usual for the Lowell High School boys and girls swimming teams in the Academic Athletic Association/San Francisco Section finals Saturday at the City College of San Francisco.

The boys team won its 15th consecutive title by edging second-place finisher Washington 111-104, while the girls trounced the competition en route to their 22nd consecutive title, outscoring second-place finisher Lincoln 170-48.

Lowell has won every title since the section began girls swimming in 1990, and eliminated all doubt of any competition early on Saturday, winning nine of the 11 events at the meet.

“It’s fortunate that we get a lot of the premiere girls in the City,” said Lowell head coach Jonathan Riley. “A lot of it is luck of the draw when it comes to high school coaching. The girls never complain and have such great attitudes. It’s such a great group.”

The boys conversely had to wait until the final race to clinch their title. Washington sophomore Bryan Zhong upset top qualifier Samuel Hong from Lowell in the 100-yard backstroke to cut the Lowell lead to 92-87, but the Cardinals responded by placing second (Brandan McKay) and third (Chioke Bautista) in the next event (100-yard breaststroke), setting up the final race of the day.

Needing only a third-place finish to clinch the title, the heavily-favored Cardinals were actually upset by Washington in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but sealed the championship nonetheless.

Making the win just a little bit sweeter was the fact that Washington gave the Cardinals their only Academic Athletic Association loss in the regular season.

“They took us out in the dual meet and that was good for us,” Riley said. “We needed that kind of scare. It was a great wakeup call.”

While Lowell claimed the team titles, Lincoln’s Jared Vu stole the spotlight on the individual side.

Lincoln sophomore Jared Vu swims in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday at City College of San Francisco. (Photo by Doug Ko)

The sophomore broke two of his own AAA records in the 100-yard butterfly (53.39 seconds) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.06).

“I’m really tired, but really happy,” Vu said. “I wish I could have done it earlier, instead of waiting till the last meet to do it.”

Vu’s time in the 200-yard individual medley marks the first time in AAA history that a swimmer has broken the 2-minute mark.

“We’ve been trying to get him to that point,” said Lincoln head coach Billy Tam. “It’s a big achievement, and it brings a lot of excitement to the sport, knowing that a kid in high school can break 2 minutes.”

Another notable individual effort came from Galileo senior Jonathan Lu, who won his third consecutive title in the 100-yard breaststroke. As a freshman in 2008, Lu finished second in the event by 0.19 seconds, but won it decisively in every following year.


Slideshow by Doug Ko

Complete results

Boys team totals
1. Lowell – 111
2. Washington – 104
3. Lincoln – 34
4. Galileo – 25
5. Balboa – 14

Girls team totals
1. Lowell – 170
2. Lincoln – 48
3. Washington – 42
4. Balboa – 18

Girls 200-yard medley relay
1. Lowell (Alika Lew-Koga, Monica Morucci, Amanda Chun and Leslie Fung) – 1:52.28 (AAA record)
2. Lincoln (Kristie Chan, Verna Huang, Vivian Nguyen and Audrey Stielstra) – 2:02.25
3. Washington (Michelle Dang, Alison Hoang, Franchesca Finnigan and Jenny Szeto) – 2:09.19
4. Balboa (Malia Bow, Katherine Petterson, Dale Herr and Aurora Alvarez-Buylla) – 2:22.81

Boys 200-yard medley relay
1. Washington (Bryan Zhong, Jeffrey Phan, Kevin Adler and Calvin Luo) – 1:44.41
2. Lowell (Samuel Hong, Erin Vu, Dylan Westover and Nate Leber) – 1:47.86
3. Galileo (Joshua Lu, Jonathan Lu, Terrence Tam and Nick Lem) – 1:51.95
4. Lincoln (Kekoa Bautista, Jared Vu, Nicholas Kim and Brandon Ikeda) – 1:52.27
5. Balboa (Alex Jordy, Kevin Yu, Jeffrey Woo and Michael Woodson) – 2:01.73

Girls 200-yard freestyle
1. Emily Woo, sophomore, Lowell – 2:05.00
2. Monica Morucci, senior, Lowell – 2:08.82
3. Lucy Bainbridge, sophomore, Lowell – 2:11.62
4. Nessie Gann, junior, Lowell – 2:16.44
5. Kennedy Pasquinzo, freshman, Washington – 2:20.08
6. Aurora Alvarez-Buylla, sophomore, Balboa – 2:27.65

Boys 200-yard freestyle
1. Nicholas Pasquinzo, junior, Lowell – 1:51.87
2. Jeffrey Phan, junior, Washington – 1:56.24
3. Kevin Wang, junior, Washington – 1:58.35
4. Patrick Huynh, freshman, Lowell – 1:59.74
5. Nate Leber, senior, Lowell – 2:02.37
6. Justin Wong, junior, Washington – 2:07.17

Girls 200-yard individual medley
1. Kaitlin Leung, sophomore, Lowell – 2:16.35
2. Verna Huang, junior, Lincoln – 2:17.32
3. Vivian Chow, senior, Lowell – 2:24.64
4. Alicia Tang, junior, Lowell – 2:30.17
5. Michelle Dang, junior, Washington – 2:34.32
6. Heidi Tang, sophomore, Lowell – 2:48.91

Boys 200-yard individual medley
1. Jared Vu, sophomore, Lincoln – 1:59.06 (AAA record)
2. Dylan Westover, sophomore, Lowell – 2:11.63
3. Brendan McKay, freshman, Lowell – 2:11.80
4. Brandon Wong, freshman, Lowell – 2:20.64
5. Hoi Cheung, freshman, Galileo – 2:24.38
6. David Liberman, junior, Lowell – 2:25.29

Girls 50-yard freestyle
1. Kristie Chan, junior, Lincoln – 0:24.93
2. Leslie Fung, sophomore, Lowell – 0:25.04
3. Alika Lew-Koga, freshman, Lowell – 0:25.85
4. Asia Azus, junior, Lowell – 0:26.78
5. Valerie Khaw, senior, Lowell – 0:27.68
6. Jenny Szeto, sophomore, Washington – 0:28.21

Boys 50-yard freestyle
1. Calvin Luo, junior, Washington – 0:23.22
2. Bryan Zhong, sophomore, Washington – 0:23.41
3. Henry Quach, senior, Lowell – 0:23.83
4. Kekoa Bautista, junior, Lincoln – 0:24.10
5. Kevin Adler, junior, Washington – 0:24.33
6. Chioke Bautista, senior, Lowell – 0:24.74

Girls 100-yard butterfly
1. Kaitlin Leung, sophomore, Lowell – 1:00.49
2. Verna Huang, junior, Lincoln – 1:01.70
3. Vivian Chow, senior, Lowell – 1:02.69
4. Monica Morucci, senior, Lowell – 1:03.57
5. Alison Hoang, freshman, Washington – 1:04.11
6. Vivian Nguyen, freshman, Lincoln – 1:06.63

Boys 100-yard butterfly
1. Jared Vu, sophomore, Lincoln – 0:53.30 (AAA record)
2. Nicholas Pasquinzo, junior, Lowell – 0:54.44
3. Erin Vu, junior, Lowell – 0:58.98
4. Matthew Tam, freshman, Washington – 0:59.98
5. Kevin Wang, junior, Washington – 1:01.23
6. Kavin Lam, freshman, Lowell – 1:03.02

Girls 100-yard freestyle
1. Kristie Chan, junior, Lincoln – 0:55.04
2. Leslie Fung, sophomore, Lowell – 0:55.66
3. Asia Azus, junior, Lowell – 0:57.86
4. Lucy Bainbridge, sophomore, Lowell – 1:01.61
5. Helen Tang, junior, Lowell – 1:01.96
6. Aurora Alvarez-Buylla, sophomore, Balboa – 1:07.69

Boys 100-yard freestyle
1. Calvin Luo, junior, Washington – 0:51.14
2. Samuel Hong, junior, Lowell – 0:52.02
3. Henry Quach, senior, Lowell – 0:53.25
4. Anand Bat-Erdene, freshman, Lowell – 0:54.11
5. Joshua Lu, freshman, Galileo – 0:55.23
6. Warren Liang, freshman, Washington – 0:56.15

Girls 500-yard freestyle
1. Emily Woo, sophomore, Lowell – 5:35.52
2. Amanda Chun, junior, Lowell – 5:43.41
3. Joyce Sun, junior, Lowell – 6.17.58
4. Nessie Gann, junior, Lowell – 6:17.90
5. Kennedy Pasquinzo, freshman, Washington – 6:24.30
6. Franchesca Finnigan, senior, Washington – 6:35.88

Boys 500-yard freestyle
1. Jeffrey Phan, junior, Washington – 5:12.39
2. Joseph Satariano, sophomore, Washington – 5:21.44
3. Patrick Huynh, freshman, Lowell – 5:24.37
4. Matthew Tam, freshman, Washington – 5:31.32
5. Stanley Tang, freshman, Lowell – 5:39.70
6. Nate Leber, senior, Lowell – 5:52.39

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Kaitlin Leung, Alika Lew-Koga, Asia Azus and Leslie Fung) – 1:43.83
2. Lincoln (Audrey Stielstra, Verna Huang, Vivian Nguyen and Kristie Chan) – 1:48.34
3. Washington (Michelle Dang, Alison Hoang, Franchesca Finnigan and Jenny Szeto) – 1:56.86

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Nicholas Pasquinzo, Henry Quach, Chioke Bautista and Samuel Hong) – 1:32.81
2. Washington (Joseph Satariano, Kevin Wang, Justin Wong and Kevin Adler) – 1:37.66
3. Lincoln (Brandon Ikeda, Kekoa Bautista, Nicholas Kim and Jared Vu – 1:37.98
4. Galileo (Nick Wu, Jonathan Lu, Terrence Tam and Joshua Lu) – 1:39.13

Girls 100-yard backstroke
1. Alika Lew-Koga, freshman, Lowell – 1:02.03
2. Valerie Khaw, senior, Lowell – 1:06.23
3. Jenny Szeto, sophomore, Washington – 1:08.21
4. Vivian Nguyen, freshman, Lincoln – 1:08.23
5. Stephanie Li, junior, Lowell – 1:08.34
6. Michelle Dang, junior, Washington – 1:12.12

Boys 100-yard backstroke
1. Bryan Zhong, sophomore, Washington – 0:58.95
2. Samuel Hong, junior, Lowell – 0:59.90
3. Joseph Satariano, sophomore, Washington – 1:00.65
4. Dylan Westover, sophomore, Lowell – 1:02.65
5. Keoka Bautista, junior, Lincoln – 1:03.13
6. Brandon Wong, freshman, Lowell – 1:03.63

Girls 100-yard breaststroke
1. Amanda Chun, junior, Lowell – 1:09.56
2. Alicia Tang, junior, Lowell – 1:14.78
3. Helen Tang, junior, Lowell – 1:17.55
4. Heidi Tang, sophomore, Lowell – 1:19.53
5. Maggie Chen, junior, Washington – 1:23.98
6. Natalie Fong, junior, Washington – 1:36.26

Boys 100-yard breaststroke
1. Jonathan Lu, senior, Galileo – 1:03.67
2. Brendan McKay, freshman, Lowell – 1:04.47
3. Chioke Bautista, senior, Lowell – 1:05.56
4. Kevin Adler, junior, Washington – 1:06.28
5. Jeffrey Woo, senior, Balboa – 1:10.85
6. Nicholas Kim, freshman, Lincoln – 1:13.34

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Emily Woo, Amanda Chun, Asia Azus and Kaitlin Leung) – 3:52.59
2. Balboa (Aurora Alvarez-Buylla, Dale Herr, Erica Happe and Malia Bow) – 4:36.81
3. Washington (Rachel Chan, Natalie Fong, Kennedy Pasquinzo and Maggie Chen) – 4.42.28

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay
1. Washington (Justin Wong, Calvin Luo, Jeffrey Phan and Bryan Zhong) – 3:29.98
2. Lowell (Nicholas Pasquinzo, Chioke Bautista, Nate Leber and Henry Quach) – 3:33.11
3. Balboa (Michael Woodson, Kevin Yu, Jeffrey Woo and Alex Jordy) – 4:10.71

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Henry Quach is going to be the next Michael Phelps

  2. Jonathan Lu says:

    I like how Im randomly added in. LOL

  3. Dex says:

    Congrats on the title Jon!

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