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Valencia swimming takes first meet

Posted: March 25, 2014 10:43 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2014 10:43 p.m.

Valencia's Sophie Fiscella swims in the girls 100-yard backstroke against Saugus High School during Tuesday's swim meet at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

 

It was about as wild an affair as a high school swim meet could possibly be on Tuesday afternoon in the Foothill League opener for Valencia and Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

But after a combined 27 disqualifications, spread between the four competitions, Valencia’s quest for a Foothill League title began with a sweep of the Centurions in both boys varsity, 96.5-73.5, and girls varsity, 116-54.

“As a coach and a team, getting that first league win is important because of the way our league is set up,” said Valencia head coach Chris Stroh. “Losing one league meet is devastating and losing two, it’s almost impossible to come back and win the league title.”

The Vikings (3-0 boys, 3-0 girls) were bolstered by swimmers such as Tyler Tran, who won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.40 seconds, and Nelson Guzman, who won the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 59.94 seconds.

On the girls side, Nicole Popov shined for the Vikings, doubling in the 100-yard butterfly (57.70) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.94).

For Saugus, Abbey Weitzeil continued to shine, doubling in the 50-yard freestyle (23.02) and 100-yard butterfly (57.51), picking up CIF-Southern Division I automatic times in both.

The Centurions (3-1 girls, 2-2 boys) starred in the 200- and 400-yard free relays, as well, winning both events.

Alex Chan, Will Karren, Zachary Zenteno and Justin Lee won the 200 in 1:27.92, while Lee, Tanner Olson, Zenteno and Chan won the 400 in 3:16.48.

Chan added a win in the 50 free in 21.91, and Jenna Powell picked up the victory in the 500 free in 5:43.19.

Zenteno doubled in the 200 free (1:48.59) and 100 backstroke (55.63) events in the boys meet for Saugus.

In the girls meet, Cameron Helm earned a CIF-SS Division I consideration time in the 100 breast, dropping about three seconds off her season low in the process.

“I played around with my lineup today seeing where I could put kids,” said Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly. “We had a couple good wins in some races. Some close ones that we probably should have won that didn’t go our way, but for the most part it was an overall good meet.”

But the day belonged to Valencia, which swept all four levels of the competition.

“Overall, I felt really, really satisfied with our swims today,” Stroh said. “This being one of our toughest competitions that we have in the whole league, for us to go out there and to sweep is something I was certainly surprised with. I expected us to win, but they gave us a really good run the whole meet.”

Notes: Valencia’s JV boys won 105-49, while the Vikings’ JV girls won 103-51.

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