Girls Athlete of the Week

VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week


Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from May 7 to May 12, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, May 18.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Emily Trieu
Los Osos
Trieu claimed two individual titles and was part of two winning relays, helping the Grizzlies win the CIF Southern Section Division 2 swimming championship. Trieu won titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 0.26 seconds) and 100 backstroke (53.21), and she swam the leadoff leg on the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.11) and 400 freestyle relay (3:26.56). All four of those times earned All-American honors for Trieu.

Isabelle Odgers
Santa Margarita
The USC-bound senior captured two individual titles — including one in history-making fashion — and raced on a winning relay to help the Eagles capture their fifth consecutive CIF-SS Division 1 crown. Odgers became only the ninth county girl to break 2 minutes in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning touch in Lane 7 of 1 minute, 59.99 seconds, a lifetime-best. She also captured the 100 breaststroke by more than a second with a 1:01.90 and raced on the winning 200 medley relay (1:42.62). Odgers doubled after placing fourth and fifth in the IM and breast, respectively, in Division 1 as a junior.

Katelyn Thomas
Thomas won the CIF Southern Section Division 3 100-yard backstroke title with a time of 55.28 seconds, and became the first swimmer in school history to be a section champion. Thomas used a tremendous wall reach to edge 2017 champion Teagan Monroe of Rio Mesa and 2016 champion Susannah Laster of Pasadena Poly. Thomas also finished third in the 50 freestyle final.

Katelyn Nguyen
The junior played a big role in helping the Rowland girls swimming team capture the CIF Southern Section Division 4 team title on Friday by winning two individual titles and she was part of two winning Raiders relay squads. She won her races in the muscle events, winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. Nguyen outdueled Grand Terrace freshman Destany Lewis to win the 50 free by .09 seconds at 23.72. She also beat Lewis in the 100 free, lowering her time by more than three seconds to beat Lewis with a time of 51.57, which was more than two seconds ahead of Lewis.

Nektaria Anagnostou
Anagnostou won the girls 200 freestyle championship at the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Finals at Riverside City College on Friday with a time of 1 minute, 58:61 seconds.

Keiko Derikoletis
The SMU-bound Derikoletis had an impressive day at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Finals. She won the 100 butterfly, for the second consecutive year, with a time of 56.39 seconds, and she won the 500 freestyle (5:10.83) again to give her a fourth CIF title. 

Ruby Salzman
Salzman is the girls athlete of the week for the second time this year. She went 3 for 3 with a three-run homer and a two-run homer in Chatsworth’s 7-4 victory over San Fernando in the opening round of the CIF LA City Section playoffs.

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