First published in the May 14 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burroughs High School varsity girls’ swimming and diving team won its first CIF-SS Division IV championship — and third title in school history for any sport — at the Marguerite Aquatics Complex in Mission Viejo last Saturday.
Junior Nancy Baylor, freshman Camilla Guillermo, freshman Abigail Chatalyan and senior Lilliana Noriega set new school records by winning the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays with 1:43.51 and 3:48.58 times, respectively. According to head coach Jacob Cook, the 200 relay record was set in 2012, and the 400 relay had stood strong since 2005.
“These girls are just champions at heart,” Cook said. “They are hard on themselves in the way that they are always trying to improve but that got them to where they were.”
Noriega claimed second in the 50 freestyle with a 25.49 time, and Chatalyan finished second in the 500 free with a 5:20.03 time while also placing fourth in the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.23 time.
Senior Kelly Long posted a 10th-place finish in the 500 free with a 5:57.96 time, Baylor had a 2:09.57 time in the 200 free with her fourth-place finish, and Guillermo took fifth in the 200 individual medley with a 2:22.45 time. Baylor (58.21) tallied a seventh-place finish in the 100 free, while Noriega (1:04.60) and Guillermo (1:05.23) finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke.
“It means a lot. It was unexpected, not that we didn’t think the girls were fast and good, but we are super proud of them and they absolutely killed it. It means a lot to the school and it means a lot to us.”
Meanwhile, the JBHS boys’ team finished 43rd in the Division III competitions with six total points as senior Justin Cloutier placed 11th in the 100-yard freestyle with a 48.81 time.
The Burbank High School varsity girls’ swimming and diving team finished 15th with 50 total points in the Division IV competition.
Junior Michelle Galadjeva (26.66) placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle. The 200 medley relay team of Galadjeva, freshman Tiffany Gonzalez, junior Alina Biryuchkova and junior Ani Rostomyan placed 10th with a 2:10.72 time, while the same teammates took ninth in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:52.58 time.
Gonzalez (6:04.78) claimed 12th in the 500 freestyle and Biryuchkova (2:21.74) took 16th in the 200 free.