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Canyon girls 200-yard medley relay team takes first in Long Beach as does Hart High’s boys

Posted: May 19, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
LONG BEACH – Canyon’s Kearsten Livingstone, Sarah Pino, Kirsten Justice and Allison Morales  started the day off at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool as the 2009 Masters Champions in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 47.19 seconds.

“That was exciting,” Livingstone said. “This is Sarah’s last year, so it was really cool for her to go out like that. It seems like we always get a little out-touched. I know (Hart’s) Jordan (Danny) wasn’t here, but to get a win for the Cowboys was really cool.”

Livingstone also took second in the 100 butterfly (55.28) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (56.85), while Morales finished 18th in the 50 freestyle (24.78), Justice claimed seventh in the 100 butterfly (57.10) and Pino broke her own school record with a time of 1:06.74 in the 100 breaststroke, which Cowboys head coach Steve Himes said, “won’t be broken in a long time.”

Danny was unable to attend the meet due to conflicting obligations with the Junior National Team, and without her, Hart’s 200-medley relay team of Chelsea Griffiths, Nicole Antoniuk, Maggie Hanson and Hayley Good finished third in the event in 1:49.10.

Up next were the boys.

And as Hart head coach Steve Neale predicted, Chris Weber, Nick Korth, Konrad Antoniuk and Andrew Skvarna won the 200-medley relay, finishing in 1:35.32.

Korth and Weber fittingly finished out their Hart careers against each other in the 100 breaststroke. Korth took fourth (57.09), while Weber was sixth (58.11).

Weber also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (50.73), beating out Valencia’s Bob Hwang, who was sixth (57.09) as the Vikings’ only competitor in the meet.

Golden Valley also brought a single competitor – junior standout Michelle Duraj.

Duraj, who Golden Valley co-head coach Jenn Marsden said will drop even more time next year, finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.47) and 13th in the 100 freestyle (53.00).

West Ranch also had a good showing as sophomore Riley Mita finished 12th in the 500 freestyle (4:37.29), one spot behind Indians senior Konrad Antoniuk, who posted 4:37.00 in the event.

Fellow Wildcat Kate Kessler was 15th in the 100 backstroke (59.41).

Griffiths finished third in the 100 backstroke (55.53) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (52.35). Hanson took eighth in the 100 butterfly (57.67) and 14th in the 200 freestyle (1:55.03), while teammates Sam Asencio finished 21st in the 100 butterfly (59.34) and Good grabbed 14th in the 100 freestyle (53.30). The Indians’ 200-freestyle relay team of Good, Nicolette Barreiro, Rachel Stoffel and Asencio took third (1:39.18), while Hanson, Griffiths, Good and Asencio rounded out the day with a third-place finish in the 400-freestyle relay (3:33.24).

Canyon’s Keaunui Harris was ninth in the 100 backstroke (52.88) and 12th in the 100 freestyle (47.53).

Hart’s Alex Ngan took 20th in the 100 backstroke (55.45).

Allison Morales, Milena Lopez, Justice and Adria Morales finished 10th in the 200-freestyle relay (1:40.94).

Described by Neale as a “last shout,” the Masters Meet took the top two finishers from each event from the division finals throughout the Southern Section, and matched them up with the top 16 times to compete for end-of-the-season  bragging rights.

With nearly all the Foothill League schools represented, there can be plenty of bragging going into 2010.

“(The Foothill League) is probably the best league outside of Orange County,” said Golden Valley co-head coach Aaron Monheim. “It is the most competitive.”


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