Top 10 Individual Team Efforts

Crescenta Valley High's Young Tae Seo smiled after winning the 200 freestyle against Arcadia a Pacific League swim meet at Arcadia High School on April 23. (Tim Berger/File Photo)

The top-10 individual performances by an athlete in a team setting from the 2012-13 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports staff.

1 Young Tae Seo closes out a banner career on May 11 — The CIF Southern Section Division II Swimming Finals proved to be an ultimately bittersweet day for the senior, who capped a brilliant career.

On one hand, defending divisional champion Crescenta Valley High lost its title to Los Osos, 285-234, at Riverside Community College on May 11.

Yet, the team effort did not overshadow what was an ultimately stellar individual effort for Seo.

The Naval Academy-bound senior still set two divisional records that day, the first when he rallied from a deficit midway through the 200-yard medley versus top-seeded Daniel McArthur of Lakewood.

Seo recovered through the breaststroke portion and broke his own record of 1 minute, 48.38 seconds with a mark of 1:47.80, which was almost two seconds faster than McArthur (1:49.53).

“That’s what I always try to do, pull from the breaststroke. I am happy breaking the record, but I could have done better, it’s not my best time,” said Seo after the victory. “I knew he wasn’t a breaststroker, so I knew that’s the only way I could beat him.”

Previously, Seo played the role of teammate perfectly, joining with Harrison Thai, Edward Yi and Jacob Ksendzov to set a new 200-medley relay record, topping runner-up Lakewood (1:34:47) by over a second with a mark of 1:33.39.

Seo then broke his 2011 record in the 100 breaststroke (55.81) in 55.25, but was just edged by Arroyo Grande’s Zachary Stevens’ record-setting performance (55.13).

2 Kirsten Vose at the CIF-SS championships on May 11 — Sophomore slumps typically last more than a few hours, but for Vose, she recovered in time for an exceptional finish at the CIF Southern Section Division I Swim Finals on May 11 at Riverside Community College.

Vose entered the final day of the season as the top-seeded swimmer in her two individual events — the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Her first event showcased Vose’s youth as the Tolog struggled to overcome two clock malfunctions.

Vose finished sixth in the 200 IM in a mark of 2:05.63, well behind the 2:01.81 pace of race winner and fellow sophomore Karli Thuen of JSerra.

Yet, later that afternoon, Vose found redemption with a victory in the breaststroke over University High senior Maggie Burton.

Vose trailed after 25 yards before eventually pulling even with a 1/4 of the race remaining and overtaking Burton on the final strokes for a victory in 1:02.57, just ahead of Burton’s 1:02.85.

“I saw her at the 50 and I wanted it so bad, I just pushed as hard as I could to try to catch her,” said Vose after the victory. “It feels really good, I knew it was going to be a really hard race because we’re all really fast.”

Vose also joined the trio of Emily Balog, Katie Altmayer and Kate Herrill in winning the 200-yard medley relay in upset fashion (1:44.26), while the same quartet took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.12).

Overall, Flintridge Sacred Heart clinched seventh with 152 points, which marked the best finish for the program since it was moved up to Division I in 2009.

3 Heather MacDougall at CIF-SS championships on May 11 — Maybe there was no more impressive day for local athletes than May 11.