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No stopping Valencia swim

Posted: April 23, 2014 9:30 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 9:30 p.m.

Valencia's Jessie Kim swims the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Valencia’s depth probably wouldn’t have allowed it to have much of a let down on Wednesday, but Vikings head coach Chris Stroh still preached to his team that last week’s girls’ victory and boys’ tie against Hart didn’t mean they could relax Wednesday against West Ranch.

And the Vikings seemed to take Stroh’s message to heart, easily dispatching the Wildcats 111-59 in the girls meet and 124-40 in the boys meet at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

“I didn’t want it to be a trap game where we would have setbacks,” Stroh said. “Just because we swam well last week doesn’t mean we get to take this week off. (West Ranch) is bringing their A-game because we’re the top dog now. We have the target on our back.”

Kevin Dai was impressive on Wednesday for Valencia, doubling in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 43.70 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (47.11 seconds), earning a CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic time in the 100 and consideration time in the 200.

Jessie Kim doubled in the 200 individual medley (1:55.33) and 100 butterfly (51.94), both consideration times.

The Vikings also won all six relay events during the two meets.

Tiffany Farfan doubled in the 200 free and 100 free in the girls meet.

The highlight for West Ranch came in the form of Courtney Chrzas, who continued her strong season with victories in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Wildcats.

Ian Bower picked up the Wildcats’ only victory in the boys meet, taking the 500 free.

“It’s definitely a nice feeling,” Stroh said. “Going into next week we have a lot of confidence. I’m very proud of this team and how they worked together.”

Saugus vs. Golden Valley

Saugus had little trouble with Golden Valley on Wednesday afternoon, as the Centurions played around with different lineups, and the Grizzlies focused primarily on the junior varsity meets.

At the varsity level, the Centurions defeated the Grizzlies in the boys meet 138-10 and in the girls meet 91-63.

Three swimmers doubled for Saugus in the girls meet, with Jenna Powell winning the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free, Cameron Helm winning the 200 individual medley and 50 free, and Dakota Botton winning the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

In the boys meet, Zachary Zenteno doubled in the 200 free and 100 back, Tanner Olson took the 500 free and 100 breaststroke, and Alex Chan doubled in the 50 free and 100 free.

“A lot of the kids were trying different events than they normally do,” said Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly. “I do that sometimes. They did a good job when they haven’t swam it all year.”

For the Grizzlies, the highlight was actually at the junior varsity level, where the boys won 85-69 and Corey Blandon set a school record in the 100-yard freestyle in 59.48 seconds.

“I’m very proud of some of the individual performances,” said Golden Valley head coach Jenn Leite. “A lot of the kids are new to swim. Richard Coyle and P.J. Verzosa were both football players and switched to swim this year.”

Coyle, in particular stood out, lowering his personal best in the 100 free to under a minute, 59.40.


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