Flintridge Prep's Madison Witt dives to the top
Diving sensation was an All-American, CIF champion, while Falcons standouts did plenty, as well.
Flintridge Prep's Madison Witt upset Pasadena Poly's Anika Lenz to win a CIF Southern Section Division III diving title and earn herself No. 2 on the Glendale News-Press top 10 female list. (Raul Roa/File Photo)
2 Madison Witt, Flintridge Prep swimming, sophomore – The diving phenom picked up the biggest victory of her prep career when she upset three-time defending CIF Southern Section champion Anika Lenz of Pasadena Poly at the Division III Diving Finals at Riverside Community College on May 7.
Witt outlasted the UCLA-bound Lenz (486.75) by scoring 538 points in capturing the title. The victory snapped a five-match losing streak to Lenz and also helped Witt later garner All-American honors.
Previous to the Division III championship, Witt finished runner-up to Lenz at the Prep League finals at Pasadena Poly on April 27.
“I wasn’t expecting to win; I was just hoping to get top three, that was my goal,” Witt said at Riverside. “Winning was just the cherry on top for me.”
3 Gabriel Isacson, Crescenta Valley High water polo, senior — Cinderella wore a skull cap in 2013 as the Falcons goalie, who only began playing water polo five years earlier, was named the All-Area Player of the Year after a stout season and stellar postseason run.
Isacson totaled 228 saves, along with 19 steals and 18 assists, and was also named the All-CIF Division V Player of the Year. Her stats came in limited action in the regular and even postseason, as she was often pulled when the Falcons took commanding leads — a routine occurrence in 2013.
At the CIF Southern Section Division V championship match, Isacson secured the Falcons’ first-ever championship with 16 saves in a 10-5 win over Riverside Poly at Irvine’s William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center on Feb. 23
“I was actually shocked when I came out of the pool and everybody was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you did so great,’” Isacson said after the season. “I didn’t realize I was blocking so many shots.”
4 Kayla Mills, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer and track, senior — The USC-bound fullback anchored a Tologs defense that only allowed 17 goals in 21 contests, while finishing runner-up in the Mission League and falling in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
Flintridge Sacred Heart (15-2-4) also posted nine shutouts and Mills was rewarded for such success by being named an Elite Soccer Report All-American second-team pick, the Mission League Most Valuable Player and an All-Area first-team selection.
Mills, who also helped the Tologs’ track team’s 4X100 relay team qualify to CIF with a school-record time of 50.05 seconds, also tallied four goals and two assists. She’s set to play forward at USC.
“I’m blessed and I’m thankful when I get these things,” Mills said of being named the Mission League MVP. “It took me by surprise.”
5 Shannon Hovanesian, Crescenta Valley High water polo, junior — The Pacific League MVP was a do-everything leader for the Falcons. Hovanesian led Crescenta Valley in goals (81), steals (106) and assists (90), while pacing the Falcons to a 32-2 overall record and a first-ever CIF Southern Section Division V championship.
Maybe most impressive of Hovanesian’s stats was her accuracy, as she boasted a 72% (81 for 112) shooting percentage.
On top of her league MVP award, Hovanesian was an All-Area and Division V first-teamer.
“One of our strongest points was our team effort as the season went on. I think it was a great honor to be awarded this player of the year,” Hovanesian said of winning the league MVP. “That is the reason I feel we were so successful because were able to do anything. If one person was off in a game, another person picked up the slack.”
6 Jocelyn Chia, Crescenta Valley High golf, junior — The accomplished golfer won her third straight All-Area Player of the Year award by outshining the rest of the area again.
Chia won a second consecutive Pacific League individual championship and paced the Falcons to a share of the Pacific League crown with Arcadia, much to her surprise and delight.