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On the Beat: USA Swim finals on tap

Posted: August 5, 2014 9:36 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2014 9:36 p.m.
 

Hart swimmer Cole Cogswell has already broken multiple records held by arguably the Santa Clarita Valley’s best-ever swimmer, Anthony Ervin.

Now he might get a chance to swim against him.

Both swimmers will compete in the 100-meter freestyle event at USA Swim Nationals, with Cogswell swimming in Heat 1 of 10 at 10:15 a.m. today.

Ervin will swim in Heat 8 at 10:24 a.m. at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine.

They will also both compete in the 50-meter free, with Cogswell seeded 43rd and Ervin seeded first.

"It's kind of cool to compete at the same meet with him," Cogswell said. "I probably won't get a chance to talk to him but knowing the level he's at is inspiring. Maybe I an be there in a couple years."

Cogswell will also compete in the 100 backstroke, where he is seeded 72nd.

Cogswell advanced in the 50 by qualifying at last weekend’s Junior Nationals.

In his final event, Cogswell swam a 23.13 second time in the 50-free final, surpassing the 23.19 needed for qualification and breaking the Canyons Aquatic Swim club open record held by Gabe Woodward.

It was the second record he had broken in the day, swimming a 23.26 in the prelims to break Ervin’s age group Canyons Aquatics record.

"Last January was when I started to focus on the junior cut," Cogswell said. "I got it a year ago July ... Since then I have been focused on my first nationals cut — it's hard."

But Cogswell finally got it last weekend, and now he's off to nationals.

In addition to Cogswell, all eyes will be on Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil in her bid to qualify for the USA National team.

Weitzeil will swim in the 13th and final heat of the women’s 100-meter freestyle. She is seeded 19th overall.

In the 200 free she is seeded 66th, 90th in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 50 free.

Last week in time trials of the 2014 Speedo Junior National Championships, Weitzeil swam a 50 free time of 25 seconds flat, tying the age group record for 17-18 girls set by Kara Lynn Joyce in 2004, according to swimswam.com

Batters up

It was quite the weekend for two local softball players when their club team traveled down to Orange County.

Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez and former Saugus teammate Maddy Jelenicki teamed up for the OC Batbusters, as the team won the 2014 Premier Girls Fastpitch 18-under Premier Division national championships.

The championship came by virtue of a 3-0 victory over the Angels on Saturday.

“It was definitely a really good one, it just put our organization back on top,” Lopez said. “And since the Batbusters hadn’t won in a while, it really made a statement that we’re back at it and we’re back on top and it was a really good win.”

In the game, Jelenicki singled and scored a run.

The duo reached the final with a 5-3 victory over So Cal Athletics. Jelenicki was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the game and Lopez pitched a complete game in the victory, with six strikeouts.

So Cal Athletics entered the tournament as four-time defending national champions before the Batbusters ended their run.

“It was pretty cool,” Lopez said. “I pitched against the four-time champions. It was a really good feeling that I was in charge and I had that game in my hands and I was going to help my team make it to the championship game. It was a really good experience and something I hadn’t done before — especially at that level and something I learned from.”

The travel season was also a reunion of sorts for the pairing who played together two years ago for Saugus.

“We’re actually really good friends,” Lopez said of Jelenicki. “It was really nice to have someone that lives close to me since we play out there we got rides together. My mom took her, she would drive me down there. It was a nice experience.”

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