Two of the San Francisco Section’s longest-standing swimming records could be in jeopardy in this year’s finals, scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Ignatius.
Alden Chan, a Lowell junior, seems poised to set new marks in both the 50-meter freestyle and 100 freestyle, two of just three events where records set in 1990 or before still stand. The Cardinals’ Josh Harris swam the 50 in 22.32 seconds in 1987, while Lowell’s Lin Wang’s 1990 time of 49.65 seconds in the 100 has yet to be broken.
Fifteen out of the 22 combined boys’ and girls’ events have had records posted since 2000, including four last year.
“[Chan] hasn’t broken them yet, but it definitely seems like he’s peaking,” said Lincoln coach Phong Pham, also the section’s commissioner of sport. “He’s a very strong swimmer.”
Both the Lowell boys and girls are the odds-on favorites to take the team titles, as each went 5-0 in Academic Athletic Association meets. But the Lincoln girls could make things interesting. The Mustangs are led by freshman Cynthia Tran (100 butterfly, 100 freestyle) and sophomore Rosalyn Sretpisalsilp (100 back, 200 individual medley).
FENCING FINALE: The San Francisco Section fencing championships will also be held Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Washington.
The University boys and Lincoln girls each went 7-0 in the AAA and are both led by outstanding individuals. The Red Devils feature senior Jonathan Spivack, the top seed on the boys’ side. For Lincoln, juniors Janice Chen and Melissa Low have alternated back and forth in the top rung of the Mustangs’ ladder all season with great results. The two could meet in the final for the individual title.
“They don’t see it as a rivalry between them,” Lincoln coach Michael Gong said. “It’s more the common goal to win the championship that’s been driving them all year.”
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