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The Hart of local swim

Posted: May 2, 2008 2:14 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The only thing slow about the Hart swimming team is its bus.

Arriving forty-five minutes late to the Foothill League Finals because the bus carrying the team got into a minor fender bender couldn't prevent the Indians swimmers from having a speedy day once they hit the water.

Afterall, their t-shirts read: "Excellence...it's in the water." Indeed, Hart was excellent in the pool, capturing the boys and girls Foothill League titles, the 21st and 26th, respectively, and setting a number of league records in the process.

"Right now I'm just in awe of the times," Hart coach Steve Neale said, shaking his head.

Much of the awe was reserved for junior Jordan Danny, who won the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard individual medley as well as being a part of two winning relay teams.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, Danny not only blew away the field, but she blew away the record book, shattering the old record of 1:04.25 by finishing in 1:01.73.

"I'm in shock myself," Danny said. "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen at all."

On Sunday, Danny reached a qualifying time in the 100 for the Olympic trials at the Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. Previously she had the qualifying time in the 200, but her accomplishment Sunday had her on cloud nine the rest of the week, she said.

Danny wasn't alone. On the boys' side junior Andrew Skvarna captured the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, and was also part of the winning 200 yard medley and 400 yard freestyle relay teams.

Hart set the league record in both of those relays as well as the 200 yard freestyle.

"I was ready for it today," Skvarna said. "You get you and three other people and you want that record. Everyone gets so excited."

Other Hart winners included junior Chris Weber who took the 200 yard IM, and senior Nick Forth who won the 100 yard breastroke.

For the girls, freshman Sam Asencio won the 200 yard freestyle, freshman Hayley Good won the 100 yard freestyle, and senior Rachael Krager won the 500 yard freestyle. The Hart girls also won the 200 yard medley, 200 yard freestyle, and 400 yard freestyle relay, in which they set a new league record.

The record was previously owned by none other than Hart.

"This is the fastest team we've ever had in the Foothill League," Neale said.

Valencia finished second in the overall standings. Freshman Bob Hwang won the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly for the Vikings. He tied the league record in the fly with a time of 51.33. The Vikings also received a solid effort from Asher Garcia who qualified for CIF in the 200 yard IM.

Canyon sophomore Keannui Harris won the 100 yard backstroke and finished second in the 200 yard freestyle, qualifying for CIF, while West Ranch's Riley Mita won the 500 yard freestyle.

West Ranch placed third followed by Saugus, Canyon, and Golden Valley. On the girls side Valencia finished second followed by Canyon, Saugus, West Ranch, and Golden Valley.

Canyon sophomore Kearsten Livingstone won the 100 yard backstroke and the 100 yard fly, and Golden Valley's Michelle Duraj won the 50 yard freestyle.

The day belonged to Hart, though.

The Indians set five new league records on the girls side and three on the boys side.

"It's amazing to be part of such a great tradition at Hart," Danny said.

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