Syrkin, Koustik Break Meet Records At CIF-SS Division 2 Finals


  • May 7-12, 2018
  • Riverside Aquatics Complex
  • Riverside, California
  • Live Results

After Friday’s preliminary session saw a pair of Division 2 meet records from Mira Costa junior Alexandra Crisera, two more fell at Saturday’s afternoon finals of the CIF-SS Division 2  Championships in Riverside. Both came on the boys side, as Danny Syrkin of La Canada and Andrew Koustik of Calvary Chapel-Santa Ana took down marks in the 100 back and 100 breast respectively.

In the team race, the Los Osos girls came out on top with 254.5 points, and the Foothill boys did the same with 249 points. Check out full recaps for the girls and boys below.


After Crisera was the big story on Friday, it was Elise Garcia of Crean Lutheran and Emily Trieu of Los Osos who were the big performers on Saturday, each earning two individual wins. Garcia started with a win in the 50 free, touching in 22.71, with teammate Mandy Brenner maintaining her runner-up position in 23.37. About 25 minutes later Garcia dipped below the 53-second barrier in the 100 fly, winning by a landslide in 52.92. Autumn D’Arcy of Redlands took 2nd in 54.78.

Trieu started with a win in the 200 IM, easily defending her top seed in 2:00.26 as she won by over three seconds. Then, in perhaps the upset of the meet, she took down Crisera in the 100 back, going 53.21 to Crisera’s 53.71. Crisera had broken the meet record in prelims at 52.87. Both Trieu and her teammate Casslyn Treydte proved key once again in propelling Los Osos to a pair of relay wins, as they took both the 200 free and 400 free. In the 200, Trieu led off in 22.80 and Treydte anchored in 22.95 as they beat Mira Costa by over a second in 1:35.11. In the 400 free relay, the two led off and anchored in the same order in times of 50.29 and 49.97 as they stormed to the victory in 3:26.56.

Samantha Pearson of Foothill had a strong showing on the day as well, winning the 200 free in 1:46.27 (with Treydte 2nd) and finishing as the runner-up to Crisera in the 100 free in 49.33. Crisera went 48.92 to win that event, missing her own meet record by .05. Pearson also led off Foothill’s 200 medley relay in 25.52 as they ended up tying with Redlands for the win at 1:45.17. Redlands had a blazing 24.36 fly split from D’Arcy.

The other victors on the day were Redlands’ Liberty Williams and Diamond Bar’s Kelsey Lloyd. Williams won the 500 free in 4:48.87, out-sprinting Treydte at the end who was 4:49.26 for 2nd. Lloyd took the 100 breast in 1:02.92, with 2nd going to Glendora’s Jackie Basham (1:03.26).

Final Girls Team Scores

  1. Los Osos, 254.5
  2. Redlands, 232
  3. Foothill, 157
  4. Glendora, 154
  5. Crescenta Valley, 151


The two record swims were the highlights for the boys, with both coming towards the end of the meet. La Canada’s Syrkin used his big time speed to get out ahead early in the 100 fly, getting to the wall in 47.48 to take down the eight-year-old record of Chase Bloch (47.55). He also won the 100 back in 48.87, again using crazy speed to get out ahead and hang on.

Koustik slid under the 2014 record of Derek Kao in the 100 breast, going 54.88 to erase his 54.91 off the books. Aiichiroh Shirakata was the runner-up in 56.28, and also won the 200 IM in 1:49.46 over Diamond Bar’s Kevin Vargas (1:50.01). Koustik also won the 500 free in 4:20.98, completing a very unusual double.

While he didn’t break any records, Zane Scott of Foothill was the only one on the boys side to win multiple individual events, as he came away with the sprint double in the 50/100 free. He edged out top seed Bart Salvaterra in the 50, clocking 20.96 as Salvaterra tied with Mira Costa’s Colin Le for 2nd in 21.15. In the 100, Scott narrowly out-touched teammate Hunter Ingram, 45.36 to 45.42.

Ingram, who came into the day with the top seed in both of his events, faded late in the 200 free and ended up taking 4th in 1:39.35. Christopher Mykkanen, another one of his Foothill teammates, nailed down the win with a blistering final 50 in 1:38.68, getting by Mira Costa’s Christian Bathurst (1:38.83).

In terms of the relays, La Canada, Mira Costa and Foothill each picked up a win. Syrkin’s 22.22 lead-off was enough for La Canada to hold on in the 200 medley in a time of 1:32.98, followed by Redlands in 1:33.46. Mira Costa had a 21.34 lead-off from Le and a 20.75 anchor from Bathurst as they won in 1:24.77, and a 45.35 lead-off from Ingram and an identical anchor from Scott earned Foothill the win in the 400 free relay.

Final Boys Team Scores

  1. Foothill,249
  2. Diamond Bar, 205
  3. La Canada, 202
  4. Mira Costa, 186.5
  5. Damien, 180

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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