Faces in the Crowd: Dec. 29, 2014

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. Abbey Weitzeil

Saugus, Calif. > Swimming

Abbey, a senior at Saugus High, set a U.S. 100-yard freestyle record (46.29) leading off Canyons Aquatic Club’s 400-free relay at the short-course winter junior nationals in Federal Way, Wash. At worlds this month she won medals in three relays, including gold in the mixed 200-meter free, which she anchored to a world record (1:28.57).

. Zahid Valencia

Pico Rivera, Calif. > Wrestling

Zahid, a senior at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, beat Myles Martin of McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 2-1 in a tiebreaker to take the 182-pound title at the Walsh Ironman finals in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is only the second four-time champion in tournament history. Ranked No. 1 in his weight class, Zahid will compete for Arizona State.

. Mary Boken

Wheaton, Ill. > Volleyball

Mary, a 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter at St. Francis High, had eight kills to lead the Spartans to a 25-18, 25-23 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy for a third straight Class 3A state title. She is the first girls’ player in Illinois history to earn a medal all four years; as a freshman she helped St. Francis take bronze. Mary will play for Clemson.

. Danny McClintick

Agoura Hills, Calif. > Water Polo

McClintick, a junior utility at UCLA, led all scorers with four goals and assisted on the game-winner with 34 seconds left to lead the Bruins to their ninth NCAA title, a 9-8 victory over six-time defending champion USC. Named tournament MVP, McClintick finished the season third on the team in scoring, with 41 goals.

. Maya Wasowicz

New York City > Basketball, Karate

Wasowicz, a junior guard-forward at Division III NYU, has co-captained the Violets to an 8-0 start and a Top 10 ranking, averaging 6.8 points. In November she competed at the karate world championships in Bremen, Germany, finishing seventh in the elite Kumite 68-kg division; she had qualified for worlds by taking gold at nationals in Reno in July.

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