MOUNTAIN VIEW -- There were a lot of success stories at the Central Coast Section swimming and diving championships this spring, from Bellarmine College Prep holding off Palo Alto to win its 30th consecutive team title to multiple competitors winning multiple individual events.

But just as last season, St. Francis' Curtis Ogren sped to the top, breaking his own section records to win the 200-yard individual medley (1:44.90) and 100 breaststroke (53.81). He also broke his own national independent school record in the 200 IM.

For this, the Stanford-bound Ogren is the Mercury News boys swimmer of the year for the second consecutive season.

"He's done a great job for us for four years," St. Francis coach Terry O'Donnell said, noting Ogren's seven individual CCS titles and his relay contributions.

Along the way, Ogren kept the throttle moving. When he won his first section individual title, the 100 breaststroke as a freshman, he had a time of 56.55.

He lowered the mark to 55.71 as a sophomore, 53.90 as a junior and then 53.81 this spring.

Ogren saw similar improvement in the 200 IM, winning his first CCS title as a sophomore in 1:48.59. A year later, he won in a CCS-record 1:45.01 and then this season went under 1:45 for the first time. "I've been 1:45.0 several times," Ogren said. "It felt pretty good to see 1:44, finally."


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As for the breaststroke, Ogren said, "I am just glad to see improvement because I've been hanging around my best time for a while."

Ogren leaves high school with a legacy of fast times, records and examples of leadership, including pointers he passed along to the team's young star, sophomore Benjamin Ho, who has already won three individual CCS titles.

"I know Ben is going to do great things for two more years," Ogren said. "I tried giving him some tips on being a team leader and stuff about helping out the freshmen. It's all about team-first, scoring team points. All of that is really important and being a good example. Hopefully I have been a good example."

Among the examples Ogren set was his desire to work. "I've always trained all four strokes," he said, answering why he swims the IM. "If I felt like I needed to work on my butterfly, I would train my butterfly for a while. I always worked on my weaknesses.

"Breaststroke was my strength. Fly was my weakness, and even the last leg of freestyle has always been a weakness. I've always worked on that."

Boys swim team
Individual event winners at CCS finals were chosen
Aidan Burns,
Bellarmine, junior
Benjamin Ho,
St. Francis, soph.
Andrew Liang,
Palo Alto, senior
Curtis Ogren,
St. Francis, senior
DIVING
Colin Zeng,
The King's Academy, senior