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Valencia sweeps meet against G.V.

Vikings get a boost from junior varsity boys called up to participate

Posted: April 2, 2009 1:16 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
It has been no secret that Valencia swimming is going to be a force this year.

That said, Vikings head coach Mike Bechtoldt did something that surprised even the Golden Valley coaches.

The Valencia girls won 127-43 and the boys won 136-32 Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, bolstered by junior varsity boys swimmers that were pulled up for the meet.

It was a positive thing for both sides.

“I think the biggest thing about this meet is the camaraderie between the coaches,” said Golden Valley co-head coach Aaron Monheim. “Coach Bechtoldt had the ability to run up a bunch of points. ... It is just a testament of sportsmanship. He is teaching his athletes something by doing that.”

But with many of his swimmers feeling less than their best, Bechtoldt acknowledged that the decision gave him the opportunity to rest many of this athletes.

“We are pretty beat up right now,” Bechtoldt said. “We were peaking in our intensity and volume of workouts.”

It also gave his younger guys a chance to see some varsity competition after rolling through other JV programs.

The Viking boys (4-1, 2-0) didn’t miss a beat, winning every race.

Valencia’s Stephen Haw posted a standout performance, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.71 seconds, the 200 individual medley (2:05.28), and joined William Kutylo, Bob Hwang and Bryan Kitchener as part of the boys’ 200-medley relay that won with a time of 1:46.10.

Hwang also took the 200 freestyle (2:22.62) and 100 butterfly (53.96), while Kutylo won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.84) and Kitchener, the 100 freestyle (50.26).

The boys 50 freestyle also provided a lot of excitement as Stephen Roongsatapaul edged out teammate Kitchener by .08, posting a time of 22.70.

“He has been looking good in practice,” Bechtoldt said of Roongsatapaul, who is recovering from a two week-long sickness. “(Roongsatapaul and Kitchener) have got a really good closeness.”

Kevin Martinez won the 500 freestyle (5:09.89), the boys 200-freestyle relay team of Blake Owens, Martinez, Jason Kitchener and Roongsatapaul won in 1:37.34, and the team of Andrew Tiemann, Dakota Miller, Ryan Tokeshi and Andrew McCarthy won the 400-freestyle relay (3:49.39) to round out the Valencia winners on the boys side.

For the girls, Golden Valley’s Michelle Duraj took the 50 freestyle (24.61) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.93), while teammate Miranda Haramia won the 500 freestyle (6:08.95).

“She works so hard,” said Grizzlies co-head coach Jenn Marsden of Duraj. “She gets all the other kids excited to be here. It is huge to have someone who is not only a good swimmer, but that motivates teammates when they aren’t winning their races.”

Aside from Haramia’s win, it was the fact that she had cut down her time that got the coaches most excited.

“The biggest thing is to see two of our distance swimmers have big time drops,” Monheim said.

Haramia dropped her time in the 500 freestyle by eight seconds, while Trevor Terpening dropped his boys’ 500 freestyle time by nine seconds.

Duraj improved her time in the 100 breaststroke by two seconds.

But the day belonged to the Vikings.

Valencia’s girls 200-medley relay team of Allison Harada, Hannah Stanley, Megan Machynia and Naomi Asplund started the meet by winning with a time of 1:59.48.

Machynia went on to win the 100 butterfly (1:04:28), Harada took the 100 backstroke, Micaela Velasquez won the 100 freestyle (55.16), Brittany Clarkson took first in the 200 freestyle (2:22.62) and Kaleigh Jankowski won the 200 IM (2:39.30).

The Viking girls (4-1, 2-0) also took the 200-freestyle relay as Velasquez, Machynia, Harada and Asplund combined to post a time of 1:46.44, while the team of Asplund, Machynia, Kori Peterson and Velasquez won the 400-freestyle relay (3:55.78).

Both Golden Valley teams now have a record of 2-3, 0-2.


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