SPHS Swim Teams Roll to League Victories – Sports Update March 30

South Pasadena High School Spring Sports Update

South Pasadena High’s boys’ varsity swimming team continues to dominate its competition, as the Tigers are 2-0 after recent victories over Monrovia and Blair in Rio Hondo League action.

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com

The Tigers’ varsity handily beat Monrovia 118 to 48 and won easily 121-20 in JV action. South Pas had little trouble with Blair in the varsity meet, 124-34 and on the JV side won 106-15.

“I think we are a team that is more than just that one and done stroke team,” said South Pasadena High coach Patrick Armstrong. “There are many boys on the team who bring more than one race to the table. By having that strength it gives me the flexibility to put swimmers in to different races, and it helps us compete in a lot of events and races.”

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PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com

It has taken awhile for the long hours of practice by his to pay off, but Armstrong likes what he’s seeing.  “I thought the beginning of the season we got off to a slower start, but this last week I saw a lot of intention in our races, better swims,” he pointed out. “This last week we got a dose of what back to back race days look like, and I think as a team in general, we looked good. Of course, there is a lot of details in our races we can focus on, but I think we had a productive and good week of racing.”

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com | SPHS Varsity Swim Team’s Andres Limon

The Tigers’ victory was especially strong in their lopsided win over Blair. South Pas had a winner in all 10 events, swept 8 of those events.

South Pasadena’s Jaden Mullin took the 200 IM and the 500 Free with times of 2:14.35 and 5:12.85. Mani Roshandi won the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.03. Josh Lee and Evan Yerian went 1-2 in the 100-freesyle as Josh barely out-touched Evan 54.28 to 54.29. Henrique Sannibale took the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.96.

On the JV side, the Tigers had a winner in all 10 events and swept over half of them. Eddie Lane-Flanagan grabbed the 100 and 50 freestyle events with times of 56.82 and 24.80, respectively. Diego Zavala was the winner in the 100 fly and 100 back events with times of 1:01.91 and 1:04.42.

South Pasadena  High easily won the girls’ varsity competition 140-16  and 113-3 on the JV side. Stay tuned for more details.

San Marino visits South Pasadena on April 12 at 3:15 p.m. when the Rio Hondo League season continues.

PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | SouthPasadenan.com | SPHS Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams


South Pasadena High is looking for its first league win after falling to Monrovia 6-1 on Thursday.

The Tigers are 3-7 overall and 0-3 in Rio Hondo League play. With the victory, Monrovia improved to 7-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 against league competition.

South Pasadena is next in action on April 7 when it faces Village Christian at home in a doubleheader. The first game is at 10 a.m., followed by the second one at 1 p.m.


The Tigers were on the short end of a 15-4 game against Monrovia last Thursday, as the fell to 0-4 in Rio Hondo League action.

Monrovia evened its league record a 2-2 and improved to 6-4-1 overall with the victory.

South Pasadena is winless on the season at 0-11 and is gearing up to host Monrovia on Friday, April 13, following spring break. The contest begins at 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

South Pasadena evened its Rio Hondo League record at 1-1 with a dominating 18-0 victory over Monrovia in boys’ tennis action last Thursday.

Sophomore Ben Pestana and senior Ken Koyama turned in top performances in singles matches while juniors Alex Betts and James Dekle,  junior Gene Suk and senior Ryan Summers, and junior Gene Suk and senior Ryan Summers all won their doubles matches.

The Tigers are 8-3 overall on the season, 1-1 in league and face Temple City on April 10 at home.

South Pasadena is in solid position to battle for the league crown.

Track and Field

South Pasadena High had little trouble as the Tigers handed Monrovia a pair of losses in boys’ and girls’ track and field action last Thursday.

The Tigers won the boys’ competition 75-51 and the girls’ 85-42.

Jack Renken continues to shine this season, turning a winning time of 23.22 in the 200-meters. Oliver Chang won the 1600-meter run with a 4:37 time. Sam Clark was victorious in the 3200-meter run with a 10:48 clocking. Gianna Beasly grabbed the girls’ 800 to highlight the girls’ effort.

PHOTO: Henk Friezer | SouthPasadenan.com | Kai Dettman competes in 800M race in which he ran a 1:57.6 personal best against an elite field of runners

The Tigers will be back in Rio Hondo League action April 11 after spring break when they face San Marino.

South Pasadena High coach C.B. Richards sent about 10 athletes to the Bay Area last weekend to compete in the Stanford Invitational.

The busy season continues on April 6 when hundreds of athletes will descend on South Pasadena High to take part in the Tiger Invitational, which brings in top national and international talent.

Richards said he hopes to send some South Pasadena High athletes to Pennsylvania on April 26-28 to compete in the Penn Relays, now in its 124th year.

Boys’ Volleyball

South Pasadena High won a pair of matches last week, getting past El Rancho 3-2 and Gabrielino 3-0 in nonleague action.

The Tigers had no problem battling Gabrielino last Thursday, sweeping their foes two days after playing a close one against El Rancho. Both matches were on the road.

It took South Pasadena five sets to hand El Rancho a loss. The Dons won the first set 25-20, the Tigers evened it with a 25-21 win in the second, but the Dons battled to win the third with a 25-17 victory. South Pasadena came on strong, winning the final two sets 25-20 and 15-7 to come away with match.

Under coach Ivy Chew, the Tigers are 14-4 overall on the season, 1-1 in Rio Hondo League play.

The Tigers are gearing up to play in the Bellarmine Invitational on April 6.