By Keith Lair, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
A year off from high school swimming did not seem to faze Diamond Bar High School’s David Wang.
The junior was a member of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area first team his freshman year, qualifying for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship finals in both the 500-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley.
He bounced right back this season en route to setting program records.
Wang set records in the 500 free and 200 IM in the preliminary meet heading into the CIF-SS finals. He won the 500 free title and took fourth in the 200 IM. His fastest 500 free time was 4 minutes, 26.70 seconds and his fastest 200 IM time was a 1:51.88.
“It was slower than (my prelim time),” he said after the 500 free title. “I guess I was just going out slower. It was nice to win it, but my time was still slower. That’s what counts.”
A week later, Wang placed seventh in CIF state in the 500 free (4:27.02) and 16th in the 200 IM (1:52.68).
He also anchored the Brahmas’ 200 medley relay team, which finished eighth in CIF-SS and led off the 400 free relay, which placed sixth. Both relay teams established program records.
Diamond Bar finished fourth in the division, the best performance in program history.