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SOUTHERN SECTION SWIMMING: HART'S LINN GETS CLOSER TO RECORD.

Byline: Nevin Barich Staff Writer

LONG BEACH - One of Mike Linn's goals this season was to break the Southern Section Division II record in the 50 freestyle. Thursday, he showed he might do just that.

Linn, a senior from Hart High of Newhall, swam a personal-best 20.58 at the Southern Section Divison II preliminaries at Belmont Plaza and will be the top seed in Saturday's final.

Linn is hoping to break the Division mark of 20.21, set in 1998 by Hart graduate and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, who was a teammate of Linn's when Linn was was a freshman.

``Going into the race, I was just thinking about getting a good enough time to get a good seed in the finals,'' said Linn, who finished second in Division II last year in the 50 freestyle. ``I didn't think I'd be able do that well right away. I am really surprised. I knew I could do that good, but I didn't think I could do so unshaved.''

Linn, a second seed in the 100 freestyle after a time of 46.39, was one of several of Hart boys' swimmers to get high seeds for the finals. The Indians will need everyone of them to accomplish the one goal that's alluded them for so many years: a Division II title. Hart placed second in 1998 and 1999, but it has never been named champion.

If Hart's going to win the crown, it has to do it now. The Indians, along with the rest of the Foothill League, will be moving up to Division I next season. Division I is typically dominated by Orange County schools, making even a top-10 finish tough to achieve.

The Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls' will have a good presence in Saturday's finals. Among their top performances was the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams getting top seeds with times of 1:49.79 and 1:38.66, respectively. Also, Alexa Merz and Elizabeth Wong getting the first and second seeds in the 50 freestyle.

Wong also earned a No. 3 seed in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.79. Merz got a No. 4 seed in the 100 freestyle in 53.78.

For defending Division II girls champion Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta, Lindsay Taylor was sixth in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 200 individual medley. Crescenta Valley also got the third seed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.67 and a fourth seed in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.11. The team placed second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:40.13.

In the girls' 100 breaststroke, Melissa Siracuse of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy of La Canada and Maryann Boosalis of La Canada got the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in 1:05.91 and 1:06.72.

Matt Jensen of Chaminade of West Hills had a strong showing in the prelims, earning the No. 2 seed seed in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Jensen's time of 1:54.71 in the medley was amazing considering his previous best this season was 1:59.18.

--Division IV finals: The Calabasas girls placed third overall, getting 163 points to conclude a successful history in Division.

The Coyotes will move to the Marmonte League next year and swim in Division II.

Calabasas was led by its 200 freestyle relay team of Christina Courtney, Nicole Flacco, Gina Levine and Robin Kim. The relay team placed first in 1:43.51. Courtney also aided the Coyotes by placing third in the 500 freestyle in 5:15.31 and fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:57.65.

Calabasas also got points from its 400 freestyle relay team, which finished third at 3:44.31.

The Quartz Hill girls finished fifth overall with 135 points. Sarah Colvin finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay team also placed fourth. However, the Rebels used their depth to get added points and stay in the running for the title throughout the competition.

The Quartz Hill boys finished fourth overall with 134 points. The Rebels were led by their 200 medley relay team, which finished second in 1:43.84. Quartz Hill also got some big points at the end from its 400 freestyle relay team, which finished third in 3:22.73.

Two local swimmers won individual titles. William Chae of Buckley of Sherman Oaks won the 100 freestyle in 47.88. Also, Loriann Mark of Malibu placed first in the 100 butterfly in 59.30 in helping her team finish 10th overall.

--Today's schedule: The Division III prelims will take place at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the Division I finals at 4 p.m.
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Date:May 10, 2002
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