Boys Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · Walnut Swimming Finishes 3rd at CIF-SS

Walnut Boys&Girls Swim teams competed at the CIF-SS finals on Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals at Riverside City College. Read more about the Mustang swimmers from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune here.

Walnut freshman Justina Kozan wins four titles at CIF-SS swimming finals


Here is a wrap of the day from Coach E.J Gautreau:

To say that we had some outstanding swims at CIF Finals yesterday would be a serious understatement! I was so proud of all the  amazing performances, including several record breaking swims.  

As a team, we battled some great schools in a division that is deeper and more talented that it has ever been. We ended taking 

3rd place in both boys and girls in Division 3, which had 133 schools, and several schools that were elite Division 2 teams just last year!

We set six school records and two southern section Div. 3 CIF records!! And we were CIF Champions in six events!! 

Congratulations to all the following accomplishments: 


Justina Kozan who won 4 CIF Championships including the 200 IM (1:56.31, All-American auto time), 100 Fly (52.88, Southern Section Div. 3 record, and All-American auto time)!!

Boys Medley Relay, CIF Champions (Colin Chuang, Brian Honng, Matthew Neoh, and Julian Xu), 1:34.37 (All-American consideration time)

Girls 200 Free Relay, CIF Champions (Lexi Grant, Sabrina Bennani, Kelly Poon, Justina Kozan), 1:37.05 (Southern Section Div. 3 record, All-American consideration time)

Boys 200 Free Relay, CIF Champions (Julian Xu, Eddie Chang, Matthew Neoh, Brian Honng), 1:25.47 (All-American consideration time)

Girls 400 Free Relay, CIF Champions (Lexi Grant, Sabrina Bennani, Katelyn Young, Justina Kozan), 3:27.39 (All-American auto time) 

Lexi Grant, 4th place in the 200 Free and 100 Free

Sabrina Bennani, 4th place in the 100 Breast

Julian Xu, 2nd place in the 50 Free

Brian Honng, 4th place in the 200 IM, 3rd place in the 100 Breast

Matthew Neoh, 5th place in the 100 Back

Also placing in the consolations heats were: Katelyn Young, Kelly Poon, Colin Chuang, James Sun, Eddie Chang, Julian Xu, Matthew Neoh, the Girls Medley Relay (Jesslyn Handaja, Kelly Poon, Maddie Chiu, Katelyn Young), and Boys 400 Free Relay (Colin Chuang, Sunwoo Bae, Teddy Gu, Eddie Chang) 


Outstanding performances Mustangs!


Justina Kozan of Walnut wins the 100 yard butterfly breaking a CIF-SS record with at time of 52.88 seconds during the CIFSS Division 3 swimming finals at the Riverside Aquatics Center on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Riverside, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)