CLAIRE FISCH, ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, SWIMMING
Claire Fisch capped off her senior season by surpassing much of what she established during her junior campaign. Encouraged by her school –record setting season as a junior, Fisch firmed her commitment to the sport by signing with Arizona State University in the Fall. Fueled by her quest to improve upon last year, she surpassed her marks set in 2015 early in her 2016 swim season.
Claire concluded her senior season as a League Champion in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays and 50 and 100 freestyles. She became a CIF and State Finalist in the same events, reestablishing her own previously held school records. Her near Olympic Trial qualifying marks have established her as an All-American Swimmer in each of her respective events. In her four years at King, Claire has earned 4 school records, 12 All-League Individual titles and records, 16 CIF Finalist berths in each of her events, and was a State Finalist 6 times. Contributing to her team’s success, she was a member of two League Championships, a runner-up CIF finish in 2014 and a State Champion in the 400 freestyle relay in 2016.
Fisch’s enthusiasm, presence and leadership will be missed, but the legacy she leaves for future swimmers at King will not be forgotten.
TYLER JANES, ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK
Tyler Janes used the 2015-2016 cross country and track seasons to establish himself as one of the premier distance runners in the state of California and the nation. During the Fall, he led the cross country team to consistent top 3 rankings in the CIF Southern Section and a berth in the CIF Finals. This came after being the point man on the 2014 team that finished 8th in the State Cross Country Finals. The UCLA-bound senior also competed in the 2015 State Championships as an individual.
The 2016 Spring Track and Field season saw Janes rocket himself to historic state and national levels. He ran the full mile in 4:05.97, the 10th fastest time in the nation in 2016 and the 23rd fastest high school mile in the history of California. That achievement earned him a trip to Seattle, WA, in June to compete in the prestigious Brooks PR track meet.
Janes won the league title in both the 1600 and 3200 meters and at the CIF Division 1 Finals in May he earned the CIF Title in the 3200 meters. At the State Championships, Janes raced both the 1600 and 3200, earning All State honors by finishing 3rd and 6th respectively. While he was denied the victories he hoped for, his 4:05.86 and 8:56.93 times were of historic proportions. The grueling double races, while accomplished by many, in the 98 year history of the State Championships only two have done it faster than Janes.
Above all, Tyler Janes handled all of these accomplishments with the sweet aroma of grace,humility and sportsmanship. “Victory With Honor, Character Counts” is the CIF motto, and Janes matched that descriptive in all that he achieved.
Congratulations to Tyler Janes and Claire Fisch, the Martin Luther King High School Athletes of the Year