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One school, two teams, two titles

Posted: April 24, 2008 1:26 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart High varsity swimmer Sam Asencio competes in the 400-yard freestyle event against Saugus on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. The Indians girls defeated the Centurions 133-37.

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Hart's boys and girls varsity swim teams bested Saugus on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center to clinch Foothill League titles.

The Indians boys won 126-44, while the girls were victorious 133-37.

The meet was one for the record books as Hart's Jordan Danny set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle event coming in at 1:54.84.

Danny also set a lifetime best in an event she does not usually participate in, the 100-yard freestyle, placing a mark of 53.82.

"I was really excited about both of those wins," Danny said. "I knew I was going to do better because I have been working really hard lately."

Danny will be participating in the Olympic trials this weekend for the 100-yard breaststroke and the junior is looking forward to maintaining a prominent swim career after high school.

"I really stepped up my workout," she said. "Getting into a good college and competing at that level is my main goal right now."

Senior K.C. Linn was equally dominant on the boys side winning two events for the Indians.

Linn set a personal best mark in the 100-yard backstroke coming in at 54.99. He was also the winner in the 100-yard freestyle event placing a mark of 51.21.

In a sport where athletes are often rewarded on their individual results, Linn says it's the team that makes winning so important.

"One person can only compete in four events," Linn said. "You can't win a meet without your team."

Along with Linn, junior Nick Korth assisted in the Indians win, placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.89) and setting a CIF-Southern Section Division II qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly (54.47).

"Knowing that someone is at the other end of the pool cheering me on is motivation enough for me to win," Korth said.

Hart head coach Steve Neale said an important element of the team's success has been leaving the past behind.

"In order for us to remain dominant we have to have amnesia," he says. "We have to start each season hungry.

Dynasties topple because of complacency so I have to make them hungry and go into every workout having that edge."

In other action from the aquatic center, West Ranch defeated Golden Valley on both the girls and boys varsity side. The Wildcats boys won 119-45 while the girls routed the Grizzlies 116-52.

Canyon's girls varsity team defeated Valencia 93-77 but the Vikings boys team was victorious over Canyon winning 124-46.

Kearsten Livingstone won two events for the Cowboys placing first in the 100-yard butterfly (58.59) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.99)


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