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SCCS's Victoria Kirshner wins CIF swim title

Posted: May 16, 2014 9:31 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2014 9:31 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian freshman Victoria Kirshner stands with her gold and silver medals after Friday's CIF-Southern Section Division IV championships at Riverside City College. Photo courtesy of SCCS

 

This is uncharted waters for Santa Clarita Christian.

Though the school has seen great athletes pass through and has won CIF championships in team sports before.

But for the first time on Friday an athlete representing SCCS can be considered an individual CIF champion.

Freshman Victoria Kirshner won the CIF-Southern Section Division IV 100-yard backstroke title at the championship meet at Riverside City College in her school’s inaugural season with as a swim program.

She came in with a winning time of 59.57 seconds, close to a full second ahead of second place.

“It feels so great,” Kirshner said. “I work so hard every single day. I’m just more than happy to be able to win for SCCS. That was the most important thing to me.”

Her victory came after she clocked a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.28. She was edged out by Grace Brethren senior Olivia Hynes, the defending champion in the event, who won in 52.87.

“Because I didn’t win that I needed to win something,” Kirshner said of the second-place finish.

The freshman was one of two members on the school’s swim team, which was started for the first time this season in large part because Kirshner wanted to represent her school.

With friends, family and SCCS Athletic Director Ali Aguilar in attendance on Friday, she did just that.

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