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Foothill swim roundup: Saugus picks up momentum

Posted: April 30, 2014 10:23 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2014 10:23 p.m.
 

Saugus overcame a slow start on Wednesday to sweep Canyon in both the varsity boys and girls meets at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and enter next week’s Foothill League prelims and finals with some momentum.

Saugus won the girl’s meet 93-76 and the boys meet 89-65.

“Today started out slow for the varsity girls but after the 50-yard freestyle we picked it up and had a couple really great events,” said Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly.

Canyon started strong in the girls meet, winning the 200-yard freestyle relay to begin the meet, with Sasha Kumar, Alexa Skorus Neely, Megan Warr and Rachel Alfred winning in 1 minute, 57.04 seconds.

The Cowboys followed that up with wins in the 200-yard individual medley (Alexa Skorus Neely) and 50-free (Rachel Alfred) before Saugus started to get on track.

Skorus Neely added a second win on the day, taking the 100 breaststroke toward the end of the meet.

Canyon also took two of the three relays on the day, with Skorus Neely, Katie Martinez, Alfred and Kumar winning the 200-free relay.

In the boys meet, Alex Chan, Zachary Zenteno and Tanner Olson led the way for the Centurions.

Chan doubled in the 50 free and 100 free, Zenteno took both the 200 free and 100 backstroke, and Olson, a freshman, won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

“It’s looking good for next week’s prelims and finals,” Donnelly said. “If they swim this well, hopefully it carries over to next week.”

Hart girls 87, West Ranch girls 83

Hart boys 114, West Ranch boys 55

Ally Schultz didn’t have much time to mentally prepare herself for the situation — she found out just moments before she was set to swim the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay for Hart that anything short of a victory would end the Indians’ chances at a Foothill League title.

The pressure seemed to have little effect.

Schultz swam a 52.87 split to give Hart’s A relay, which also consisted of Dani Merlo, Emma Osowski, Erin Niemi, the victory in 3:43.60.

West Ranch’s squad of Melissa Hartley, Jennifer Wong, Ann Yoo-Abbott and Courtney Chrzas was just behind in 3:46.38.

“Right before we started it (coaches Jordan Danny and Becky Cianessi) came over and said we were down two points,” Schultz. “I was scared. We can’t lose. We all pumped each other up.”

It was Schultz’s third victory of the meet, after she had already doubled in the 200 free and 500 free.

“All of us say Ally is the toughest swimmer we know,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “The toughest girl we know.”

West Ranch was impressive throughout, with Courtney Chrzas doubling in the 100 individual medley and 100 breast, and Jennifer Wong taking both the 50 free and 100 back.

The Wildcats also won the 200-free relay to begin the meet, with Yoo-Abbott, Chrzas, Morici and Wong winning in 1:55.32.

The boys meet wasn’t nearly as close, with Hart’s Kevin Moore doubling in the 50 free and 500 free.

The Indians won nine of the 11 events in the meet.

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