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The Finishers: Nick Korth and Chris Weber led Hart's swimming team

Duo dominated the pool, leading the Indians to Foothill League crown

Posted: June 18, 2009 8:50 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

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Everything slows down.

Suddenly the field of eight swimmers shrink to two, as the battle going on between lanes four and five quickly captivates the audience.

This was the scene virtually all season long, as Hart seniors Nick Korth and Chris Weber pushed each other and the rest of the Indians, culminating with yet another Foothill League championship.

Both the tangible and intangible influence of the duo was felt during the Foothill League Swim Championship on May 7 at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center when Hart was nearly upset by Valencia.

Desperate to earn points late in the meet, Korth and Weber motivated the team and entered the pool for the 100-yard breaststroke.

Water flying and arms pumping, Korth and Weber finished first and second.

In fact, Korth’s time of 57.36 seconds was a mere .10 off his league-record time of 57.26, set during the prelims two days prior. He also holds the team record in the event at 56.75, also set this season.

When asked about his head-to-heads with Weber, Korth gave credit to his teammate for making him a better swimmer, that the two swim their best when pitted against each other.

Weber was equally dynamic, possessing his own team record in the 100 butterfly (50.73), he outkicked Korth in the event during league finals to finish second behind Valencia’s Bob Hwang and one spot ahead of his Hart teammate.

Weber went on to avenge the loss to the Viking standout sophomore, besting him at the Masters Meet in Long Beach on May 19.

When it came to the intra-team competition, one day Weber might come out on top, the next day Korth.

Regardless, both could be counted on to score points and provide veteran leadership, driving the Indians into the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals.

Individually, Weber qualified for the finals in the 100 butterfly and set up another heads-up with Korth in the 100 breaststroke.

Korth edged Weber to claim third, and would do so again at the Masters Meet for the final time as teammates.

Perpetually in a state of one-upsmanship, Weber was actually the All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Swimmer of the Year in 2007, while Korth earned the honor in 2008.

In 2009, their success proved symbiotic.

As such, Nick Korth and Chris Weber are this year’s All-SCV Male Swimmers of the Year.

pputignano@the-signal.com

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