Chatalyan Helps Burroughs Girls Place 3rd in League

First published in the May 7 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burroughs High School varsity girls’ swim team medaled in eight events and tallied 285 points to finish third in the Pacific League championships at Arcadia High School last week.

The Apaches claimed the league crown with 528 points followed by Crescenta Valley, which garnered 382 points.

Abigail Chatalyan led the Bears with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a winning time of 5 minutes, 20.27 seconds. The standout freshman also finished second in the 100 butterfly (with a time of 1:02.46) and teamed up with Camila Guillermo, Nancy Baylor and Lilliana Noriega to win the 200 free relay in 1:44.36. The quartet also competed in the 400 free relay and placed third with a time of 3:49.91.

Baylor, a junior, also had a stellar day, placing second in the 200 free (2:07.38) and third in the 100 free (58.27). Guillermo also took home a bronze medal after finishing the 200 IM in 2:20.73.

Noriega posted two top-four finishes, placing third in the 50 free (25.20) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:04.95), and Kelly Long contributed a fourth-place finish in the 500 free (5:59.19).

Sarah Metry, Audrey Willet, Anastasia Zubkoff and Ava Tomlinson posted a time of 2:22.16 in the 200 medley relay and placed fifth.

The Burroughs boys’ squad recorded six top-four finishes and placed fourth in the team standings with 184 points. Crescenta Valley won the league crown with 538 points, followed by Arcadia (528) and Pasadena (208).

Ryan Lee led the charge for the Bears, winning silver medals in the 200 free (1:46.08) and 100 fly (53.17). He also teamed up with Justin Cloutier, Ian Duffield and Ronan Sieverston to place fourth in the 200 free relay (1:39.49) and 400 free relay (3:31.20).

Cloutier also turned in a solid performance, finishing third in the 200 free (1:48.71) and fourth in the 100 free (49.34).

BURBANK GIRLS PLACE 3RD IN RELAY

The Burbank High School girls finished the regular season fifth in the Pacific League with five top-five finishes and 179 points.

The Bulldogs managed to take home a bronze medal in the 200 medley relay behind the performances of Jessica Han, Julie Kim, Alina Biryuchkova and Paige Huleis. The four swimmers posted a time of 2:11.79 to take third place.

Hueleis was also part of the 200 free relay team — which included Michelle Galadjeva, Tiffany Gonzalez and Ani Rostomyan — that finished in 1:53.29 for fourth place.

Galadjeva competed in the 50 free and was fourth with a time of 26.44 and later placed fifth in 100 back with a time of 1:06.47.

Gonzalez contributed a fifth-place finish in the 500 free by posting a time of 6:04.38.