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Where Hart left off

Indians dominant, start quest for another title strong

Posted: March 25, 2009 1:57 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Chris Weber swims the 100 yard freestyle during the season's first Foothill League meet at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center Tuesday.

It may be a new year in Foothill League swimming, but it looked very much like the last one at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center Tuesday.

Defending boys and girls champions Hart rolled to a pair of victories, tallying lopsided wins over Golden Valley. The boys won 138-31, while the girls scored a 132-34 victory.

“We’ve been looking forward to getting into the season,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “It was nice to be out here today in some good weather, and now that we are into the league we can start working toward reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Hart girls started the day by taking first and second in the 200 yard medley relay to score 12 points. Chelsea Griffiths, Madeline Sage, Nicolette Barrerio and Danica Cardey teamed up to post a winning time of 1:57.13 in the event.

“Hart has a lot of great swimmers on both of their teams,” said Golden Valley first-year boys coach Aaron Monheim. “We knew coming in that it was going to be tough to compete with Hart, and they showed us why they are the team they are.”

The Hart boys have won the title every year since 1998, and the team looked like champions again on Tuesday. The Indians notched a first-, second- and third-place finish in the 200-meter medley relay to open up an early lead.

Chris Cogswell, Nick Korth, Mitch Johnson and Luke Goorsky posted a time of 1:49.10 to finish first.

“This was a good day to monitor where we are,” Neale said. “We had several great performances today, and now we can know what we have to do next.”

Hart won every boys event, highlighted by a 50-yard freestyle win by Andrew Skvarna, Alex Ngan’s winning performance in the 500-yard freestyle and a dominating 0:50.00 time in the 100-yard freestyle from Chris Weber.

“It is good to get to see how we can do back home,” Neale said. “I was really pleased with how our team did overall today.”

The Indian girls were paced by their 100-yard butterfly swimmers, which took the top three spots in the event. Maggie Hanson earned first, and Sam Asencio grabbed the second spot ahead of Erica Nelson, who finished third.

Michelle Duraj scored a victory for the Grizzlies in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.69.

“There were a lot of positives for us today,” Monheim said. “This is a building year for us so when we can post good times it is something for us to be proud of.”

For Hart, the building process looked complete Tuesday, and it was a return to its winning ways in the Foothill League.

“We looked at this match as a way to set the tone for our season,” Neale said. “We came out focused, and this is how I want to see this team compete all season.”


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