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On the Beat Swim: Open Waters are on deck

Posted: June 3, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2014 10:18 p.m.

The Open Water Nationals are on deck over at Castaic Lake.

The prestigious event, hosted for the second straight year by Canyons Aquatic Club, will take place June 13 and Jun 15.

The event will be held at Lower Castaic Lake and features some of the world’s top swimmers.

Last year, Canyons hosted the event for the first time and received high praise.

During that 2013 event, Andrew Gemmell and Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson won the 5K races to cap off the weekend.

This year’s event should again see world class athletes jump into the local lake.

The 10K race will take place on June 13 with the 5K race held on June 15.

Warm ups will begin June 13 at 6:30 a.m., with the women’s race beginning at 8 a.m. and the men’s race at 10:30 a.m.

For the 5K, the men’s race will kick off at 8 a.m., with the women’s race at 9:30 a.m.

Another look at the record books: Last week we examined the Foothill League record book, a book that has been almost completely rewritten in the last four years.

Over at Canyons Aquatics, the record books are looking much the same. And the names read like a Foothill League all star squad.

There’s Hart’s Cole Cogswell, who has his name on every short-course open relay record the club has, in addition to setting the 50-free, 100-free and 200-free records in 2014.

Valencia’s Jessie Kim owns the clubs 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke records.

Similar to the Foothill League, there simply aren’t long standing records at the club.

West Ranch graduate Riley Mita holds the oldest men’s open short course records, setting the 500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free and 400 individual medley records in 2011.

The women’s open record book is the same, with every relay record broken since 2013, and Hart’s Tamara Santoyo and Saugus’ Abbey Weitzeil members of every one.

This year alone, Weitzeil set records in the 50 free (21.98, a national high school record), 200 free and 100 backstroke.

Valencia’s Nikol Popov broke the club’s 100 breaststroke and 200 IM records last month and Santoyo did the same thing in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.

There are some older records on the women’s side, though.

Jennifer Parmenter’s 4 minute, 15.22 second 400 IM from 1996 still stands, as does her 1995 200 backstroke swim of 1:58.88.

New look ‘Cats: It looks like there will be a changing of the guard over at West Ranch, as head boys and girls swim coach Aaron Worby has resigned his position with the team.

According to the William S. Hart District website, the school has opened up the coaching position to qualified applicants until June 11.

Last season, West Ranch finished third in the girls standings and fourth in the boys standings under Worby.


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