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Six pack of swimmers

Swimmers head to Canada for continental meet

Posted: July 27, 2008 1:14 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Six Canyons Aquatic Club swimmers who will compete in an international meet stand at their morning practice Saturday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Left to right: Bryana Waage, Matt Johnson, Riley Mita, Nui Harris, Sarah Pino and Megan Schultz.

Some of the most professional, fastest swimmers not only compete in the city, but also in the state.

But it takes one in a million to be chosen to swim in an international swim meet.

Six swimmers from Santa Clarita will represent Canyons Aquatic Club, in this upcoming intercontinental meet.

Riley Mita, a sophomore at West Ranch High School, Nui Harris, junior at Canyon High, Sarah Pino, senior at Canyon, and Megan Schultz, Bryana Waage, and Matt Johnson, seventh graders at Placerita Junior High School, will fly to Canada to compete against the top swimmers from all over the continent.

The North American Challenge Cup will take place on Aug. 7 to 9 in Edmonton, Canada.

"The NACC is a really big deal to us because the meet will be held in Canada," Mita said.

"Only a few were chosen to go, and we will be competing against the fastest swimmers from Canada, Mexico and the Pacific swimming," Harris added.

Head coach Jeremy Anderson, who has been training these six swimmers for this particular meet, said, "To even make the Southern Californian Swimming, which is one of the fastest local swim committees in the USA, puts them amongst the elite athletes of their age in the country-and even the world in that matter."

Riley Mita is an incredible distance swimmer, according to coach Jeff Conwell, who coaches these swimmers on a year-round basis. Mita will race in the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle, 400 individual medley, 200- and 100 backstroke and the 100 breastroke.

"Harris will probably get his Junior Nationals time at the Junior Olympics next week," Conwell said.

Harris will compete in 50, 100, and 200 free; and 100 and 200 back. Sarah Pino, the hardest-working swimmer, according to Conwell, will swim the 100 and 200 breast, 200 individual medley, and the 50 free.

Megan Schultz will swim the 400 and 800 free and the 100 and 200 back.

Bryana Waage will compete in the 50, 100, 200 free and the 200 breast.

Matt Johnson will race in the 200, 400, 800 free and the 200 butterfly.

"I hope we set ourselves to have a good meet against the Canadians," Anderson said. "They didn't deserve their spot on the team. They earned it."


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