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Hart claims two crowns

Indians continue their dominance in league swimming

Posted: April 29, 2009 10:13 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Konrad Antoniuk wins the boys' 500-yard freestyle race against Saugus Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

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With the Foothill League finals just around the corner, Hart head swim coach Steve Neale held a serious meeting prior to Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Saugus.

He presented his swimmers with a series of challenges.

“I told them to get personal bests,” Neale said. “I stressed the importance of swimming fast now. If you don’t swim fast now, you won’t suddenly swim fast next week.”

Apparently they were listening, and apparently they agreed with the message.

The Indians swam plenty fast and broke plenty of records Wednesday in a dominant sweep over the Centurions at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. The Hart varsity boys won 130-40 and the Hart girls won 135-35 as both teams ended the year unbeaten.

Hart had a first-place finisher in every single varsity event.

“Mission accomplished,” Neale said. “I think we hit about 80 percent in season bests. This meet gave each of our teams something to really build on for the league finals.”

For the girls, Maggie Hanson, Jordan Danny and Chelsea Griffiths led the way.

Hanson not only set a personal record, she set a school record.

Her first-place performance in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 54.07 seconds, bested the previous record, which was held by her teammate Danny. Hanson was also a winner Wednesday in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.62.

“I definitely wanted to go for it today,” Hanson said. “I wanted to go out in a bang in the last meet of the season, I guess. I knew I was close. I knew I would be able to do it.”

Danny set a personal best of her own in the 100 butterfly at 58.07.

“I never even train for the butterfly, so I think that tells me a lot,” the senior said.

Danny was also a winner in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.45.

Her goal for the Foothill League finals is to go faster than a minute in the event.

Hart’s other two-event winner, Griffiths, swam an automatic CIF qualifying time in the 50 freestyle (24.98). She also won the 100 free with a swim of 54.20.

The Indians’ other individual first-place finishers Wednesday were Kelli Miller in the 200 individual medley (2:21.45) and Hayley Good in the 500 freestyle (5:24.26).

They will enter the league finals with plenty of confidence.

“We’ve been unstoppable this season,” Hanson said. “All of us have. There’s going to be some competition but I think we’re going to come together and get the job done.”

With a strong showing of their own Wednesday, the Hart boys also like their chances.

The male version of the Indians also had three swimmers each win a pair of events.

Andrew Skvarna, Konrad Antoniuk and Alex Ngan led the way as the Indians closed out the regular season with their 67th consecutive Foothill League dual meet victory.

Ngan took first place in the 200 individual medley (2:04.04) and 100 backstroke (56.26). Skvarna sprinted his way to victories in both the 50 free (22.94) and 100 free (50.74). Antoniuk was a winner in the 200 free (1:46.78) and the long distance 500 free (4:48.39).

Nick Korth added a season best in a win in the 100 breast (57.59), and Chris Weber, second to Korth in the breaststroke, had a strong showing in a 100 butterfly win (53.05).

Saugus couldn’t provide a challenge.

Valencia should be Hart’s only threat in the league finals.

“It will be tight to see who wins it,” Neale said. “Valencia has a lot of depth. We’re going to have to be really smart about how we do some things. I liked how we swam today.”

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