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Around the SCV: Canyon twins will split up

Morales sisters plan to swim at different colleges

Posted: November 14, 2010 8:54 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon High seniors Adria and Allison Morales have competed side-by-side ever since they began swimming.

Starting next year, that will all change.

Allison Morales has signed with Colorado State University, while Adria, who does not have CSU on her list of options, is waiting until the spring to make her decision.

“We are twins and we are close, but it is going to be nice to be known as Allison, not ‘the twins,’” Allison said. “We’ve been swimming for 10 years and we even thought about swimming on the same team (in college) because we went on the same recruiting trips and we got a feel for it. But we thought, ‘You know, we don’t want to do it.’”

Allison said coaching was a big factor in her decision to swim for the Rams.

CSU head coach John Mattos has coached 13 All-Americans and six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.

Combined with love of the campus and her future teammates, Allison said it was just the right fit.

“I felt like I belonged at Colorado State,” she said.

Allison, who also considered Marshall and the University of Idaho, said she will swim the 100- and 200-meter butterfly as well as middle-distance freestyle.

Adria, meanwhile, said she has narrowed down her choices to Georgia Southern, Western Illinois and St. Bonaventure in New York.

Adria holds the Canyon record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 10.16 seconds. She also set the program record in the 200- and 400-freestyle relay. Allison was on both teams, and helped set the record in the 200-medley relay. All marks were set in 2009.

Pair of fighters move on state final

Local fighters German Baltazar and Jim Johnson, who train out of Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, moved into the state championship of the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization State Championship Tournament following wins on Friday night.

The finals will be held on Dec. 4 in Montebello.

It is the first such sanctioned tournament of its kind in California.

Baltazar (5-0), a Saugus resident, advanced in the bantamweight division when his opponent was forced for forfeit after suffering a cut during training.

Johnson (1-0), a Valencia resident, finally got a chance to get into the cage after all his previous opponents forfeited. The heavyweight capitalized on his opportunity, earning a first-round TKO of Matthew Gonzalez.

Given the team’s recent growth, BJMUTA head coach Brian Peterson believes the two fighters’ success could be replicated in the future.

“There’s usually about one or two guys at each event,” Peterson said. “Now, just by numbers, we are going to put a lot of guys out there, which means a much larger talent pool.”

BJMUTA teammate Jimmy Chavez (4-2), a featherweight who lives in Newhall, was submitted in the third round by Jonathan Chacon via rear-naked choke, ending his run in the tournament.

“His athleticism has brought him to this level,” Peterson said. “Now he needs to get his skills up to the same level.”


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