Swimming All-Area: San Dimas’ Austin Garcia and Glendora’s Nicole Gautreau named swimmers of the year

Swimmers of the Year: AUSTIN GARCIA, San Dimas; NICOLE GAUTREAU, Glendora
2013 All-Area Swimming boys/girls photo gallery
ALL-AREA STORY ONLINE: After months of marathon practices and hours and hours of honing their craft in the pool, San Dimas High senior Austin Garcia and Glendora High senior Nicole Gautreau have been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys and girls swimmers of the year for 2013.

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After months of marathon practices and hours and hours of honing their craft in the pool, San Dimas High senior Austin Garcia and Glendora High senior Nicole Gautreau have been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys and girls swimmers of the year for 2013.
Garcia capped off a sensational career.
After winning Valle Vista League individual titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, Garcia continued his dominance in the muscle events at the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 swim finals in Riverside.
Garcia won the 50 free title in 21.14, just missing the meet record of 21.05 set in 2005.
Garcia also blew away the competition in the 200 free, winning in 47.42.
He was the only area athlete to win two first-place medals at the CIF finals.
“He (Garcia) worked extremely hard and he’s certainly deserving of this award,” San Dimas boys swim coach Danny Feola said. “He was a big reason we (team) won a league title and was one of the best swimmers at the (Division 4) finals. When you win two CIF titles, there’s not much more you can do.”
Gautreau was the anchor of Glendora’s Baseline League championship team to go with multiple individual awards.
At the Baseline League finals, Gautreau easily won the 200 and 500-freestyle races, capturing each race more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
She also was the anchor of the Tartans’ league-winning 400 relay squad.
“I was really impressed at how well our team came together,” Gautreau said. “After losing the league title last year, we came into the season really wanting it and everyone stepped up.”
At the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals, Gautreau didn’t slow down.
She won the marathon race in the 500 free, winning in 4:54.70 to hold off Troy’s Gwen Walter, who was second in 4:55.64.
“To be honest, I still don’t believe it,” Gautreau said of winning a CIF individual title. “I’ve been putting in the work for so many years and to finally see the work paying off is amazing.”
Gautreau also qualified for the Division 2 finals in the 200 free, finishing sixth overall.

Boys Coach of the Year: DANNY FEOLA, San Dimas
In only his second year as the Saints’ varsity swim coach, Feola is already making history. He led the Saints to back-to-back Valle Vista League boys swim titles and their best finish in CIF-SS history, finishing fifth overall in the Division 4 team finals. For his efforts, Feola has been selected the Tribune boys swim coach of the year.
Girls Coach of the Year: JANET POLLARD, Glendora
Pollard led the Tartans’ girls swimming team to the Baseline League title by posting 329 points to second-place Upland’s 274 at the Baseline League finals. The Tartans also finished eighth overall at the Division 2 swim finals, earning Pollard the San Gabriel Valley Tribune girls swimming coach of the year award.
FIRST TEAM — BOYS

DEREK KAO, Walnut, Jr.
Won the Hacienda League title in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke and performed well at the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals. Kao finished fourth overall in the Division 2 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 medley.

COREY MAIER, Damien, Jr.
Had a solid afternoon at the Sierra League finals, finishing first in the 100 backstroke and part of the league winning 400 free relay team. Was also second in the 100 freestyle. At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, Maier was fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

JOEY MADDOX, Charter Oak, Jr.
The muscle event specialist won the Sierra League title in the 100 freestyle and was second in the 50 free. He also was part of the Chargers’ fourth-place finish in the Sierra 400 free relay. At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, Maddox posted a season-best 47.93 in the 100 freestyle, which was good for fourth overall.

DYLAN TARAZONA, Claremont, Jr.
Was dominant at the Sierra League finals taking home three first-place medals. Tarazona won the Sierra League 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. He also was part of the winning 200 medley-relay team. At the CIF-SS finals, Tarazona earned a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (50.16) and won the consolation race in the 50 free.

SIMON WONG, Los Altos, Jr.
Finished second at the Hacienda League swim finals in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke and advanced to the CIF-SS Division 2 finals in both. At CIF, Wong finished sixth in the breaststroke and eighth in the 200 medley. He was a first-team All Hacienda league selection.
FIRST TEAM — GIRLS

ASHLEY TSE, Ayala, Jr.
At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals Tse won the 100 breaststroke title in 1:03.77 and was second in the 200 medley (2:01.58). She also was part of Ayala’s record-breaking performances in the 200-and-400 team relays which not only won, but set Division 2 records in the process.

CATHERINE SANCHEZ, Glendora, Fr.
At the CIF-SS Division 2 finals the frosh finished second in the 100 butterfly after finishing second in the same event at the Baseline League finals. Sanchez also was part of the Tartans’ sixth-place 200 relay squad and she won the consolation title in the 200 freestyle.

KENISHA LIU, Ayala, Fr.
The freshman delivered at the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals, finishing second in both muscle events, the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. She also won titles and was part of the Bulldogs’ record-breaking first-place relay squads in the 200 and 400 relay races.

THERESA LO, Walnut, So.
The sophomore won Hacienda League individual titles in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle races and performed well at the Division 2 swim finals. Lo medaled in the 500 free, finishing third and was fourth in the 200 free. She also swam in the CIF finals on two Mustangs relays teams.

CHRISTINA VU, Walnut, Sr.
The senior won the Hacienda League title in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.23 and finished second in the 50 free. She also was part of Walnut’s league champion relay squads in the 200 and 400-yard races. She also was a CIF Division 2 finalist in the 100 and 50-free races.

SECOND TEAM — BOYS
1. Luke Miller, Claremont, Jr.
2. Hunter Sa-Nguansap, Ayala, So.
3. Dante Bush, So, Damien
3. Dante Bush, Damien, So.
4. Derek Wan, Walnut, Fr.
5. Dillon Christensen, San Dimas, Sr.

SECOND TEAM — GIRLS
1. Cori Casper, Ayala, Jr.
2. Samantha Duran, Claremont, Fr.
3. Amelia Feick, Glendora, Fr.
4. Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Jr.
5. Sammie Keehn, St. Lucy’s, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION — BOYS
1. Nick Caldarone, San Dimas, Jr.
2. Emmett Poon, Walnut, Sr.
3. Dilan Teodoro, South Hills, Fr.
4. Kyle Change, West Covina, So.
5. Spencer Sun, Diamond Bar, So.
6. Seth Ireland, San Dimas, Fr.
7. David Goodfellow, Damien, So.
8. Jerry Chen, Walnut, Fr.
9. Austin Jiang, Damien, So.
10. Joseph De Los Reyes, Damien, So.

HONORABLE MENTION — GIRLS
1. Tiffany Cheng, Diamond Bar, So.
2. Courtney Chan, Sr., Keppel
3. Michelle Basham, Glendora, Jr.
4. Alexandra Gomez, South Hills, Jr.
5. Sarah Le, Walnut, So.
6. Athena Chen, Diamond Bar, Fr.
7. Shannon Steele, Ayala, Fr.
8. Nicole Phan, Walnut, Jr.
9. Brittany Anderson, San Dimas, Jr.
10. Amanda Avery, San Dimas, Sr.

FASTEST TIMES — BOYS
(Compiled from league, CIF finals)
50 free: Austin Garcia, Sr., San Dimas: 21.14
100 free: Austin Garcia, Sr., San Dimas: 47.42
200 free: Luke Miller, Jr., Claremont: 1:44.74
500 free: Luke Miller, Jr., Claremont: 4:42.71
100 back: Corey Maier, Jr., Damien, 52.61
100 breast: Derek Kao, Jr., Walnut: 56.78
100 butterfly: Dylan Tarazona, Jr., Claremont: 50.16
200 IM: Derek Kao, Jr., Walnut: 1:53.96

FASTEST TIMES — GIRLS
(Compiled from league, CIF finals)
50 free: Kenisha Liu, Fr., Ayala: 23.84
100 free: Kenisha Liu, Fr., Ayala: 51.10
200 free: Cori Casper, Jr., Ayala: 1:51.03
500 free: Nicole Gautreau, Sr., Glendora: 4:54.70
100 back: Sammie Keehn, Sr., St. Lucy’s: 59.99
100 breast: Ashley Tse, Jr., Ayala: 1:03.77
100 butterfly: Catherine Sanchez, Fr., Glendora: 56.26
200 IM: Ashley Tse, Jr., Ayala: 2:01.58

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  • Jim

    Did the person who made these picks work at Glendora HS. There were much more deserving picks from Ayala HS, I believe they dominated Glendora 2nd-7th! And Ashley Tse finished in first and second in her events and was also anchoring two CIF Champion and record breaking relays! The fact she and her HS Coach didn’t receive top honors shows this person knows nothing of swimming!

  • swimmom

    Funny that Jim below mentions Glendora HS. If you look back over the last 12 years I think Glendora has had the swimmer of the year at least 8-9 times. It should be easy to pick Swimmer of the year. Look at the place they got based on the division they are in and you can always check out the times. My question is why is Corey Casper first team when she beat Theresa Lo straight up at CIF and also was on a Record Breaking Relays. If they are not being picked because Ayala is not considered to be in the SGVT subscription area then don’t include them in anything but to give a lesser of a swimmer the SGVT Swimmer of the year over Ashely Tse (who has a scholarship at UCLA) just makes you look silly to anyone who knows about swimming.

    • WalnutLover

      Lo was 3rd in the 500, Casper was 7th how was that straight up? In the 200 you are correct, but not the 500. BTW you said Corey was first team, she was actually second team. Gautreau had a great swim in the 500, one of the best area swims on the girls side.

  • OuttaYourMindTrib

    If I recall correctly, didn’t Corey Casper set a Sierra League record that was set in the 80′s. So doing that gets you 2nd Team eh?

  • SGV rag

    In softball, they awarded 2nd team honors to a player that graduated in 2012. Your complaints are valid.

    • Steve Ramirez

      SGV, don’t penalize Fred for my mistake on the softball list. People make mistakes. That’s what makes us human, but as The Lord said, “who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…”