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Hart maintains league dominance

Indians’ boys, girls teams win all but two events in defeating Canyon

Posted: April 22, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Alex Ngan swims the backstroke leg of the 200-yard IM event against Canyon Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

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Both Hart High swim teams continued their dominance in the Foothill League with lopsided wins over Canyon High on Wednesday.
The Indian boys took down the Cowboys 122-48 and the Hart girls won 110-60.

Hart won nearly every event decisively, as Canyon won only two events. Junior Keaunui Harris won the boys 200-yard freestyle at 1 minute, 48.04 seconds, and junior Kearsten Livingstone won the girls 100 butterfly in 56.21 seconds. Hart had the top three finishers in six out of the 22 events.

“They’re the top team in southern California,” said Canyon head coach Steve Himes. “They’re the team to beat.”

The win moves both Hart teams to 5-0 and 3-0 in league competition. The loss for Canyon drops the boys to 5-3, 2-2 and the previously undefeated girls to 7-1, 4-1.

“Our focus is on league and CIF,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “(Today) was really encouraging. You really find the pulse of a team and see how they really are in these meets. This is the fun part of the year, when we get to polish off our races and strokes.”

The Hart boys were led by varsity captain Chris Weber, who won two individual events, the 100 butterfly in 52.78 seconds and the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.84.

Weber was also a part of two relay victories, the 200 freestyle at 1:31.48 and 200 medley at 1:39.85. According to Neale, Weber finished with three automatic CIF qualifying times.

“He put together some amazing swims,” Neale said. “They were some of the fastest in Southern California.”

The Hart girls were led by Jordan Danny, who also won two individual events (200 individual medley at 2:07.16 and 100 breaststroke at 1:03.73) and was part of two relay victories (200 medley at 1:47.81 and 400 freestyle at 3:40.12).

“She was a top-notch performer,” Neale said.

Indians freshman Nicole Antoniuk also finished with two lifetime-best times in her wins in the 500 freestyle at 5:09.54 and the 100 breaststroke, which she swam at 1:08.65, good for third place.

Even though the score was lopsided, Himes was encouraged by his team’s progress.

“What is good about swimming against Hart is that it pushes my kids,” Himes said. “It’s all about improving our best times.”

Other winners from Hart included Maggie Hanson in the girls 200 freestyle at 1:55.31, Alex Ngan in the boys 200 individual medley at 2:06.61 and Hayley Good in the girls 50 freestyle at 25.27 seconds. Andrew Akvarna won two events, the boys 50 freestyle at 23.41 seconds and 100 freestyle at 51.58 seconds, while Chelsea Griffiths also won two events with victories in the girls 100 freestyle at 53.49 seconds and 100 backstroke at 58.04 seconds. Mitch Johnson won the boys 500 freestyle at 4:56.50 and Nick Korth won the boys 100 breaststroke at 58.26 seconds.

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