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Hart swim doubles up on West Ranch

Posted: March 27, 2008 3:34 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Hart High School's Jordan Danny swims the backstroke segment of the varsity 200-yard individual medley versus West Ranch on Wednesday. Hart's girls varsity team defeated West Ranch 133-37.

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It's often said that with age comes wisdom and with wisdom comes excellence.

This year marks the 38th season for the Hart High School Indians swimming program.

With a combined total of 45 league championships (25 girls and 20 boys), two top 10 national rankings, and a host more accolades, the team the is looking to continue its run as the top competitors in the Foothill League.

The team showed early in the Foothill League season that its looking to uphold its tradition as on Tuesday it defeated the Wildcats of West Ranch High school at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

The varsity boys team won 120-50, while the varsity girls team won 133-37.

Both of the Indians varsity boys and girls teams won first place in all of their events.

Junior Andrew Skvarna was a double winner for the Indians taking first place in the 100-yard freestyle (50.54) and in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:23.83).

Skvarna cites the team's attitude for its success. He added that mental toughness also helped.

"A lot of conditioning prepares us for these meets," he said. "But it's our mental strength that pulls us through when we get (physically) tired."

The girls varsity team was equally dominant.

Senior Rachael Krager set a personal best time (58.83) in the 100-yard butterfly.

Much to her amazement, Krager set the only automatic qualifying CIF time for the Indians girls team.

"It was surprising for me to get that time." Krager said. "It's a good way for me to end my high school swimming career."

Jordan Danny also helped in the win against the Wildcats.

The returning All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Swimmer of the Year, Danny won two events for the Indians, finishing first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle event.

"We were much sharper in this meet than last week," said Hart head coach Steve Neale. "I wanted our team to go into each race with a goal time in mind."

However the Wildcats team also had goals before entering the meet.

"We came in here wanting to improve our own personal times and make accomplishments for ourselves and the team." said West Ranch head coach Christine Marsh.

The Wildcats had an agenda of their own and were not going to let the veteran Indians team stand in their way.

"It was about using (Hart's) strongest swimmers to push our swimmers for a better time," Marsh said. "I think our team had solid effort."

That effort was shown by a few upperclassmen on the Wildcats team.

Riley Mita set a CIF qualifying time (56.94), taking second place in the 100-yard backstroke.

Mita also grabbed second place in the 500-yard freestyle event coming in at 4:56.37.

West Ranch is looking forward to a tough schedule ahead in the Foothill League and will continue to make adjustments to remain competitive.

"We will look at our results from this meet and do some fine tuning where its necessary," Marsh said.

The Wildcats varsity girls team are 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league, while the varsity boys are 3-1 overall and 1-1 in league.

More action from the Aquatic Center had Canyon High School's girls varsity team defeating Saugus High School's team 94-67, while Saugus' boys varsity team defeated Canyon 110-59.

The Cowboys' girls varsity team won first place in all eleven events.

Canyon's Milena Lopez set a personal best time (1:03.57) in the 100-yard butterfly event.

Saugus varsity girls team had the only CIF qualifying time, as the Centurions swam 2:01.71 in the 200-yard medley relay.

Valencia High School's varsity girls team defeated Golden Valley 127-39.

Megan Machynia was a double winner for the Vikings taking first place in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

Jasmine Henderson was also a big winner for Valencia, placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For the Grizzlies, Sophomore Michelle Duraj had two CIF consideration times coming in at 56.63 in the 100-yard freestyle and at 2:02.99 in the 200-yard freestyle.

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