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Hart's sweep sensation

Posted: April 3, 2008 12:32 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2008 5:05 a.m.

Valencia High swimmer Bob Hwang competes in the boys varsity 100-yard butterfly event against Hart on Wednesday. Hwang placed first in this event for the Vikings.

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With the amount of talent that both the Valencia and Hart swim teams have, Wednesday's meet between the schools was supposed to be close.

The teams met at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, despite the rumors of afternoon rain, with the Indians boys and girls both prevailing.

The Hart girls varsity swim team (4-1, 3-0) defeated Valencia 117-53, while the boys varsity team (5-0, 3-0) defeated the Vikings 107-63.

The Indians huge performance Wednesday surpassed the expectations of head coach Steve Neale.

"The team generated a lot of their excitement on their own," Neale said. "They had a lot of energy and brought that to the pool. They knew that Valencia was gunning for them."

Jordan Danny, the All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Swimmer of the year, played a large roll in the team's win, having placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.41) and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.30).

The junior credits the team's win to preparation.

"We knew that Valencia was our biggest competition," Danny said. "We have been preparing for this for a long time and were just excited to compete here today."

Senior Rachel Krager abetted the Indians with her two wins in the 100-yard butterfly (59.76) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.23).

The mostly veteran squad got a huge boost from one of its freshman swimmers.

Hayley Good was a double winner for the Indians having placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.99) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.57).

The varsity boys team was dominant over the Vikings as well with help from two dual winners.

Konrad Antoniuk won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.21) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.02) Junior Andrew Skvarna placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.70) and the 100-yard freestyle (50.47).

However the Vikings did not go down without a fight.

Freshman Bob Hwang was a double winner for the Vikings boys varsity team (4-2, 2-1) placing first in both the  200-yard individual medley (1:55.47) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.52) Kaitlyn Salovich placed first for the Vikings girls varsity team (4-2, 2-1) in the 200-yard freestyle event.

Valencia head coach Kathleen Perdisatt was pleased with her team's overall effort.

"I am happy with the team's effort and the fact that they came in here and pushed themselves hard," she said.

Perdisatt adds that the team's main focus is making it to the postseason.

"This meet today gives us huge momentum going into our next meets," she said. "Our team is strong and we can compete, and this is all preparation for league finals."

In more action from the aquatic center, the Wildcats of West Ranch defeated the Saugus varsity boys team 91-79, while the Centurions varsity girls team defeated West Ranch 114-56.

The Wildcats had multiple double winners.

Matthew Leon placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.13) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.65) 
Riley Mita was the winner in the 100-yard butterfly (57.75) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.56)
Andrew Cselenyak won the 50-yard freestyle (23.47) and the 100-yard freestyle.
Canyon's boys varsity team (1-4, 1-2) and girls varsity team (5-0, 3-0) were victorious over Golden Valley.
The Cowboys' boys varsity team defeated the Grizzlies 103-57 and the varsity girls team won 124-40.
The Cowboys' Sarah Pino was a double winner placing first in the 50-yard freestyle (2:06.40) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.89)
Nui Harris was also a double winner for the Cowboys' boys varsity team winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.60) and the 100-yard backstroke (56.40).

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