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Vikings breeze by West Ranch

Posted: April 17, 2008 3:30 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Swimmers from West Ranch and Valencia's boys varsity swim team compete in the 100-freestyle event on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. The Viking boys defeated the Wildcats 94-76.

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Valencia Vikings head coach Kathleen Perdisatt says that the budding boys varsity swim team has met the expectations she had for the squad going into the season.

"I knew the boys would do well in league," she said. "Our goal this season was to build this team and help them to understand how to swim at the high school level."

Valencia boys varsity swim team defeated West Ranch 94-76, while the varsity girls team defeated West Ranch 121-49 on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

West Ranch was unable to hold off the Vikings boys team as two Valencia swimmers were double winners in their events.

Bob Hwang placed first in the 200-yard freestyle event coming in at 1:46.32 and also was the winner in the 100-yard butterfly with a mark of 54.62.

Hwang scored automatic CIF-Southern Section Division II qualifying times in both of the events he competed in.

Asher Garcia was also a double winner for the Vikings, placing first in the 200- yard individual medley at 2:01.06 and the 100-yard backstroke at 55.72.

Bryan Kitchener placed first for Valencia in the 50-yard freestyle event coming in at 23.36.

The Vikings boys squad also won the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:24.62) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.15).

Along with the boys victory, the girls squad was just as dominant over the West Ranch girls.

Viking Micaela Velasquez was a double winner for Valencia placing first in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:01.15 and was also the winner in the 500-yard freestyle event coming in at 5:33.20.

Kaitlyn Salovich was the winner in the 50-yard freestyle event with a mark of 25.67.

Megan Machynia and Megan Spoon were winners in their events. Machynia won the 100-yard butterfly event coming in at 1:02.96, while Spoon placed first in the 100-yard freestyle at 1:02.96.

Allison Harada was also a winner for the Vikings girls team winning the 100-yard backstroke at 1:06.64.

The girls team was also winners in all three relay events, placing first in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:50.25), the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:45.77) and the 200-yard medley relay.

Despite the tough losses, West Ranch head coach Christine Marsh was pleased with her team's performance against some talented Valencia swimmers.

"Sportsmanship and team pride is everything for us," Marsh said. "Win or lose, as long as we come out here and give 100% then we're satisfied."

The Vikings, who are currently have one loss in the Foothill League on both the boys and girls varsity side, posted big competition for the burgeoning Wildcats squad, but Marsh didn't want her team to go into the meet already feeling defeated.

"I told my team to not feel intimidated coming in here," she said. "Valencia has some strong swimmers and so do we, but today our efforts weren't enough."

The Wildcats did have some strong showings on the boys side.

Gilbert Casequin placed first in the 100-yard freestyle coming in at 51.78.

Riley Mita won the 500-yard freestyle at 4:57.39

Kyle Burke won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.22.

The Wildcats boys 200-yard freestyle relay team was victorious placing first with a mark of 1:34.04.

West Ranch had two Wildcats place first for the girls varsity squad.

Alvina Wong won the 200-yard individual medley coming in at 2:20.36, while Ashley Peterson won the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:18.50

With the loss the Wildcats girls team now have a 0-4 record in league action while the boys are now 2-2.

Vikings improve their record to 3-1 on both the girls and boys side with their only losses coming against Hart.

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