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Swatosh turns in masterful effort

Oaks Christian of Westlake Village sophomore Cory Swatosh rallied in the final tworounds to overtake Arroyo Grande senior Matthew Morrison for second place Wednesday at the Southern Section Div. III diving finals at Claremont-McKenna College.

Swatosh, who placed third in Div. IV last season, scored 39.10 points on his final attempt to finish his 11-dive schedule with 383.65, trailing only Whittier sophomore Jonathan Perez (410.25).

"He's a clutch diver," Oaks Christian coach Bryan Badgett said. "He knew what he had to do and he stepped up and did it."

Swatosh and Perez, who moved up from fourth in Div.III a year ago, advanced to the Southern Section Masters Meet on Tuesday at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.

"I knew it was going to come down to (the last two). I had a little pressure and I had to nail it," Swatosh said. "It's exciting and really inspiring (to go to Masters)."

Denver Coleman (278.70) took 13th for Oaks Christian. Rio Mesa of Oxnard's Drake Escrofani (238.45) was 15th and Camarillo's Trevor Nare (228.70) placed 16th.

-- Erik Boal

Harlacher handles move to new division

La Reina of Thousand Oaks junior diver Erika Harlacher, who moved up to Div. III after finishing third the past two seasons in Div. IV, placed fourth at the Southern Section finals at Claremont-McKenna College.

Harlacher, who scored 325.65 points last year, finished with 320.55 Wednesday, an impressive showing considering she trained only twodays a week this season because of an academic schedule that featured several advanced-placement classes.

Harlacher trailed Atascadero's Elizabeth Foran (397.25) -- eighth last year in Div. II -- runner-up Cerritos' Maithili Mody (387.55), who had won the past two Div. IV titles, and San Luis Obispo's Chelsea Parker (332.55).

"My first four dives weren't that great, but I was happy with the way I finished. I felt pretty good about (the final seven dives)," Harlacher said. "I was kind of worried before I started diving this season because I knew there were a lot of good divers in Div. III, but Maithili and I were pretty happy."

-- Erik Boal

Harvard-Westlake wins Mission titles

Ryan Thacher might not have been competing in the Mission League boys' tennis tournament, but that didn't stop Harvard-Westlake of Studio City from sweeping the singles and doubles titles Wednesday at Studio City Tennis Center.

Nic Patonai and Chris Kenney outlasted Andrew Smith and Mark Seraydarian 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in an all-Wolverines doubles final, the sixth time in seven seasons two Harvard-Westlake teams have battled for the championship.

Michael Vann defeated Loyola of Los Angeles' Ray Alvarez 6-1, 6-0 for the singles title, marking the fifth year in a row the Wolverines swept the singles and doubles titles.

-- Erik Boal

Local flavor in City volleyball elite eight

Verdugo Hills of Tujunga coach Will Reinhart predicted before the City Section boys' volleyball playoffs began that at least one team seeded Nos.11-13 would pull off a second-round upset.

Sunset Six League counterparts Van Nuys and Grant of Van Nuys made Reinhart look like a genius Tuesday, knocking off No. 4 El Camino Real of Woodland Hills and No. 6 Carson to reach the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. today.

Seven of the eight teams remaining are from the area, including a trio from the West Valley League and three from the Sunset Six.

Verdugo Hills, the No. 8 seed, plays at defending-champion Granada Hills, No. 2 Taft of Woodland Hills plays host to No. 7 Venice, No. 3 Chatsworth faces No.11 Grant and No. 5 Sylmar meets No. 13 Van Nuys.

-- Erik Boal
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Date:May 10, 2007
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