Swimming: Lowell dominates AAA championships again, Vu and Chan set individual records

Lowell junior Kaitlin Leung celebrates after winning the girls 100-yard butterfly AAA championship on Saturday at City College of San Francisco. (Photo by Doug Ko)

By Jeremy Balan

Another year, another season of dominance by the Lowell High School swim team.

The Cardinals won both boys and girls Academic Athletic Association team championships comfortably, with the girls dominating from the start to outscore second-pace finisher Washington 239-59 and the boys beating second-place finisher Washington 197-142 on Saturday at City College of San Francisco.

The girls title is Lowell’s 23rd consecutive AAA title and the boys title is Lowell’s 16th straight.

Lincoln junior Jared Vu pulls away from the field in the boys 100-yard butterfly AAA championship on Saturday at City College of San Francisco. (Photo by Doug Ko)

“I try to take every [season] as it’s own year and each class is special,” said Lowell head coach Jonathan Riley. “It’s great to see the kids beat their personal bests and the team camaraderie. That’s what it’s all about. We have a goal, not to defend our [titles], but to go out and grab another one. We don’t like the idea of defending.”

Lowell broke three AAA relay records (in the boys 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle, and girls 200 freestyle) and won five out of the six total relays to pull ahead.

“Relays show you the depth of your team in that season, so it’s nice to see how strong the team is as a whole,” Riley said. “The points are doubled for relays and it’s key to win those. It builds momentum.”

Three individual records were broken, headlined by Lincoln junior Jared Vu and Lincoln senior Kristie Chan.

Chan, a freestyle sprinter, ended a decorated high school career by winning her fourth consecutive girls 50 and 100 freestyle championships, and set a AAA record in the 50 with a time of 24.72 seconds.

Vu shattered two of his own AAA records with third straight win in the boys 200 individual medley and second straight win in the 100 butterfly. He bested his 200 IM record by nearly two full seconds and his 100 fly record by nearly a full second, but neither was a personal best.

“I’m really disappointed in my races, but it feels good coming back stronger than last year,” Vu said. “I don’t want [my records] to last that long, though, because that means the City is getting stronger.”

A staggering 14 individual champions were repeat winners, with only Lowell junior Dylan Westover’s win in the boys 100 breastroke and Washington sophomore Alison Hoang’s win in the girls 200 freestyle being first-time victories.


Photo slideshow by Doug Ko

Lowell junior Kaitlin Leung won her second straight 200 IM title and third straight 100 butterfly championship, in which she broke the minute mark for the first time in her career.

“It was her first time under a minute in her life,” Riley said. “It was just huge for her. We were all so happy for her and her club coach was here too. We knew that she wanted it really bad.”

Other repeat winners were Lowell junior Emily Woo (third straight win in girls 500 freestyle), Washington senior Jeffrey Phan (third straight win in boys 500 freestyle), Lowell senior Amanda Chun (third straight win in girls 100 backstroke), Washington junior Brian Zhong (second win in boys 50 freestyle and second straight win in 100 backstroke), Lowell senior Nicholas Pasquinzo (second straight win in boys 200 freestyle), Washington senior Calvin Luo (second straight win in boys 100 freestyle) and Lowell sophomore Alika Lew-Koga (second straight win in 100 backstroke).

“As a city, we want to get better each year,” Riley said. “They’re breaking records each year, and when you look at the times that make finals, every year the times are getting faster.”

Complete results

Boys team totals
1. Lowell – 197
2. Washington – 142
3. Lincoln – 50
4. Galileo – 39
5. Wallenberg – 5
6. Balboa – 1

Girls team totals
1. Lowell – 239
2. Washington – 59
3. Lincoln – 50
4. Balboa – 8

Girls 200-yard medley relay
1. Lowell (Alika Koga-Lew, Amanda Chun, Kaitlin Leung, Leslie Fung) – 1:52.75
2. Washington (Jenny Szeto, Kennedy Pasquinzo, Natalie Fong, Michelle Dang) – 2:22.08

Boys 200-yard medley relay
1. Lowell (Matthew Kim, Nicholas Pasquinzo, Brendan McKay, Sam Hong) – 1:43:73 (AAA record)
2. Washington (Matthew Tom, Joseph Satariano, Matthew Tam, Warren Liang) – 1:51.45
3. Lincoln (Kekoa Bautista, Jared Vu, Nicholas Kim, Ronald Liu) – 1:54.74
4. Galileo (Justin Horng, Nick Wu, Gordon Huang, Joshua Lu) – 2:00.75

Girls 200-yard freestyle
1. Alison Hoang, sophomore, Washington – 2:03.94
2. Emily Woo, junior, Lowell – 2:04.18
3. Elizabeth Wong, freshman, Lowell – 2:06.67
4. Nessie Gann, senior, Lowell – 2:19.82
5. Jessica Weiss, freshman, Lowell – 2:24.69

Boys 200-yard freestyle
1. Nicholas Pasquinzo, senior, Lowell – 1:52.74
2. Joseph Satariano, junior, Washington – 1:55.07
3. Patrick Huynh, sophomore, Lowell – 1:56.10
4. Jeffrey Phan, senior, Washington – 1:57.40
5. Gordon Huang, junior, Galileo – 2:01.10
6. Erin Vu, senior, Lowell – 2:05.35
7. Gabriel Yen, sophomore, Washington – 2:06.06
8. David Liberman, senior, Lowell – 2:15.59

Girls 200-yard individual medley
1. Kaitlin Leung, junior, Lowell – 2:13.61
2. Verna Huang, senior, Lincoln – 2:15.04
3. Amanda Chun, senior, Lowell – 2:20.44
4. Vivian Nguyen, sophomore, Lowell – 2:26.49
5. Alicia Tang, senior, Lowell – 2:33.25
6. Dale Herr, senior, Balboa – 2:51.72

Boys 200-yard individual medley
1. Jared Vu, junior, Lincoln – 1:57.21 (AAA record)
2. Matthew Kim, freshman, Lowell – 2:08.72
3. Brendan McKay, sophomore, Lowell – 2:09.29
4. Jerry Phan, freshman, Washington – 2:11.61
5. Brandon Wong, sophomore, Lowell – 2:18.26
6. Iam Bhistikul, sophomore, Lowell – 2:19.16
7. Warren Liang, sophomore, Lowell – 2:21.42
8. Kevin Yu, senior, Balboa – 2:22.92

Girls 50-yard freestyle
1. Kristie Chan, senior, Lincoln – 24.72 (AAA record)
2. Leslue Fung, junior, Lowell – 24.97
3. Alika Lew-Koga, sophomore, Lowell – 26.10
4. Lucy Bainbridge, junior, Lowell – 26.62
5. Jenny Szeto, junior, Washington – 28.32
6. Helen Tang, senior, Lowell – 28.45
7. Audrey Stielstra, senior, Lincoln – 29.21
8. Michelle Dang, senior Washington – 29.71

Boys 50-yard freestyle
1. Brian Zhong, junior, Washington – 22.28
2. Sam Hong, senior, Lowell – 22.60
3. Calvin Luo, senior, Washington – 23.05
4. Kekoa Bautista, senior, Lincoln – 23.72
5. Joshua Lu, sophomore, Galileo – 24.05
6. Anan Bat-Erdine, sophomore, Lowell – 24.69
7. James Kwan, junior, Wallenberg – 25.34
8. Nicholas Kim, sophomore, Lincoln – 25.72

Girls 100-yard butterfly
1. Kaitlin Leung, junior, Lowell – 59.53
2. Alison Hoang, sophomore, Washington – 1:01.19
3. Verna Huang, senior, Lincoln – 1:02.26
4. Vivian Nguyen, sophomore, Lowell – 1:06.80
5. Asako Ejima, junior, Lowell – 1:07.58
6. Stephanie Li, senior, Lowell – 1:10.36

Boys 100-yard butterfly
1. Jared Vu, junior, Lincoln – 52.55 (AAA record)
2. Nicholas Pasquinzo, senior, Lowell – 54.43
3. Erin Vu, senior, Lowell – 59.32
4. Matthew Tam, sophomore, Washington – 59.70
5. Iam Bhistikul, sophomore, Lowell – 1:00.64
6. Kavin Lam, sophomore, Lowell – 1:02.55
7. Gordon Huang, junior, Galileo – 1:04.32
8. Joshua Heitzman, sophomore, Galileo – 1:08.61

Girls 100-yard freestyle
1. Kristie Chan, senior, Lincoln – 53.94
2. Leslie Fung, junior, Lowell – 54.83
3. Asia Azus, senior, Lowell – 56.82
4. Lucy Bainbridge, junior, Lowell – 58.85
5. Joyce Sun, senior, Lowell – 1:01.70
6. Audrey Stielstra, senior, Lincoln – 1:06.08

Boys 100-yard freestyle
1. Calvin Luo, senior, Washington – 50.05
2. Sam Hong, senior, Lowell – 50.66
3. Dylan Westover, junior, Lowell – 52.00
4. Kenny Lam, freshman, Lowell – 54.33
5. Joshua Lu, sophomore, Galileo – 54.76
6. Anan Bat-Erdine, sophomore, Lowell – 54.81
7. Nick Wu, junior, Galileo – 55.81

Girls 500-yard freestyle
1. Emily Woo, junior, Lowell – 5:34.27
2. Elizabeth Wong, freshman, Lowell – 5:40.04
3. Nessie Gann, senior, Lowell – 6:19.64
4. Dale Herr, senior, Balboa – 6:40.27

Boys 500-yard freestyle
1. Jeffrey Phan, senior, Washington – 5:13.34
2. Patrick Huynh, sophomore, Lowell – 5:15.77
3. Jerry Phan, freshman, Washington – 5:20.68
4. Matthew Tam, sophomore, Washington – 5:30.43
5. Marston Li, sophomore, Lowell – 5:30.67
6. Austin Van, sophomore, Lowell – 5:37.53
7. Kavin Lam, sophomore, Lowell – 5:47.68
8. Gabriel Yen, sophomore, Washington – 5:58.12

Girls 200-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Alika Koga-Lew, Kaitlin Leung, Asia Azus, Leslie Fung) – 1:41.76 (AAA record)
2. Lincoln (Amanda Li, Audrey Stielstra, Verna Huang, Kristie Chan) – 1:52.04
3. Washington (Jenny Szeto, Michelle Dang, Alison Hoang, Natalie Fong) – 2:02.76

Boys 200-yard freestyle relay
1. Washington (Calvin Luo, Jeffrey Phan, Bryan Zhong, Warren Liang) – 1:34.96
2. Lowell (Erin Vu, Brandon Wong, Anan Bat-Erdine, Dylan Westover) – 1:37.05
3. Galileo (Justin Horng, Nick Wu, Gordon Huang, Joshua Lu) – 1:38.68
4. Lincoln (Jared Vu, Nicholas Kim, Ronald Liu, Kekoa Bautista) – 1:39. 96

Girls 100-yard backstroke
1. Alika Lew-Koga, sophomore, Lowell – 1:03.04
2. Asia Azus, senior, Lowell – 1:05.00
3. Stephanie Li, senior, Lowell – 1:07.61
4. Jenny Szeto, junior, Washington – 1:11.04
5. Joyce Sun, senior, Lowell – 1:13.65

Boys 100-yard backstroke
1. Bryan Zhong, junior, Washington – 56.56
2. Joseph Satariano, junior, Washington – 58.09
3. Matthew Kim, freshman, Lowell – 58.53
4. Brandon Wong, sophomore, Lowell – 1:02.23
5. Kekoa Bautista, senior, Lincoln – 1:03.61
6. Terrence Fong, sophomore, Washington – 1:03.98
7. Austin Van, sophomore, Lowell – 1:04.90
8. Kenny Lam, freshmanm, Lowell – 1:06.52

Girls 100-yard breaststroke
1. Amanda Chun, senior, Lowell – 1:10.62
2. Helen Tang, senior, Lowell – 1:16.76
3. Alicia Tang, senior, Lowell – 1:16.82
4. Heidi Tang, junior, Lowell – 1:18.17
5. Michelle Dang, senior, Washington – 1:18.98
6. Natalie Fong, senior, Washington – 1:38.13

Boys 100-yard breaststroke
1. Dylan Westover, junior, Lowell – 1:03.64
2. Brendan McKay, sophomore, Lowell – 1:06.14
3. Marston Li, sophomore, Lowell – 1:07.15
4. Kyung Lee, junior, Lowell – 1:09.68
5. Warren Liang, sophomore, Washington – 1:10.91
6. James Kwan, junior, Wallenberg – 1:11.66
7. Matthew Tom, senior, Washington – 1:22.70

Girls 400-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Amanda Chun, Emily Woo, Lucy Bainbridge, Asia Azus) – 3:56.20

Boys 400-yard freestyle relay
1. Lowell (Sam Hong, Dylan Westover, Matthew Kim, Nicholas Pasquinzo) – 3:23.67 (AAA record)
2. Washington (Calvin Luo, Jeffrey Phan, Bryan Zhong, Joseph Satariano) – 3:29.91

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4 Comments

  1. sfpatriot says:

    Congrats to all the swimmers!

    Good choice JB for Sat’s event of the day. Glad you covered it — even Eagles99 can’t complain about this choice.
    Hopefully you wil covering the AAA Track and Field All City meet at Kezar at the end of May (Trials Sat 5/19 and Finals Sat 5/26)

    • jbalan says:

      We’ll see about Track and Field, but I’d love to be there for the finals. Just depends on what else is going on that day.

      • ARHS Stats says:

        I think the CCS Baseball Championship Games are on the 26th.

        St. Ignatius could be playing that day, as long as they can beat the CCS teams that they play in the first 3 rounds.

  2. City Lights says:

    Another Lowell swimming championship…

    …accompanied by another awkward photo of that same female swimmer screaming like last year.

    Congrats Lowell!

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