Esteemed Coach Takes on New Challenge: Cancer Diagnosis

Photo courtesy Jeff Julian
Rose Bowl swimming coach and Glendale redsident Jeff Julian, kneeling, has received support from his swimmers after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. Julian guided a Rose Bowl team that included Ronald Dalmacio (from left), Rafael Gu, Danny Syrkin, Chris O’Grady, Braden Beagle and Keane Alejandro.

For years, Jeff Julian has been one of the best swimming coaches in Southern California. The head swimming coach at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center has devoted his life to the sport, guiding and mentoring countless athletes and coaching Olympian Jason Lezak prior to his remarkable, multiple-medal-winning performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Julian, 45, has become even more influential after surviving a bout with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015. He became a motivational speaker and has served as a beacon of hope and optimism for athletes and families who know him. His sister, Jaimi Julian Thompson, said he seems to be more of a teacher than a coach, providing “lessons that help people be successful in life.”

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Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th

La Cañada High School freshman Danny Syrkin broke out in the Rio Hondo League finals with three victories and one silver medal, and the standout swimmer carried over that performance onto the biggest stage last Friday.
Syrkin participated in four events at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 swimming and diving finals at the Riverside Aquatics Center and came home a bronze medal. The freshman finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.76 and was 11th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.09, which was good enough for CIF State consideration. Continue reading “Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th”