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Foothill League swimming: WR boys better late

Wildcats boys win, Canyon girls are dominant, though

Posted: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch’s Eric Yoo swims the boys 100-yard breastroke on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

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When it comes to the 100-yard breaststroke, the smart money is on the West Ranch boys swim team.

The Wildcats showed why against Canyon.

West Ranch received a huge boost from a late-arriving Riley Mita and erased a two-point deficit with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 breaststroke to beat the Cowboys 92-78 on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, while the Canyon girls cruised to a 113-57 rout.

With the Canyon girls in control most of the day, the boys were in the spotlight because of their neck-and-neck race.

Both teams were tied 47-47 about midway through the meet. That’s when Mita arrived after fulfilling prior obligations, helping the Wildcats earn big points in the day’s final three events.

Mita won the 100 backstroke in 57.81 seconds, took second in the 100 breaststroke and swam a comeback anchor leg of the winning 400-freestyle relay.

“We are big in the breaststroke at West Ranch,” Mita said. “Then it came down to the 400 relay, and I hate losing.”

The Cowboys led 71-69 before Eric Yoo, Mita and Joshua Lin swept the breaststroke for an 82-74 lead.

Yoo finished in 1:03.47, a CIF-Southern Section Division I consideration qualifying time.

“We are really confident because we know we are going to win,” Yoo said of the event. “We have a lot of good swimmers, and they all can swim the breaststroke.”

Canyon (3-4, 2-2) pushed in the 400-freestyle relay, but the Wildcats (3-3, 2-2) only needed to finish second to clinch the meet. They wound up winning in a consideration 3:28.18.

West Ranch’s individual wins were led off by Tyler Hutten in the 200 individual medley (2:11.95).

Cowboys junior Matt Howard was a double winner in the 200 freestyle (1:50.71) and 500 freestyle (consideration 4:54.06) to lead his team’s push.

“You don’t just win and have fourth or fifth,” said Canyon head coach Steve Himes. “You have 1-2 or 2-3. That’s the key.”

And that’s what the Canyon girls (5-2, 2-2) did, getting a pair of wins from Megan Warr in the 100 butterfly (1:06.45) and 500 freestyle (5:52.03) and Karina Rodgers in the 200 freestyle (2:05.23) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.62).

Shayla Austin won the 100 freestyle in 56.71 and came from behind on the final leg to give her team the win in the 200-freestyle relay. Canyon also won the 200- and 400-freestyle relays.

“We just tend to feed off everyone’s energy,” Austin said. “When one person is pumped up, it gets everyone pumped up.”
West Ranch (1-5, 0-4) earned wins from Emily Snoke (200 IM, 2:30.29) and Taylor Poliseno (50 freestyle, consideration 1:05.55).

“What I’m seeing late in the season is that they are realizing that if they cheer on their teammates, it’s really going to change a lot of races and affect the overall meet,” said Wildcats head coach Aaron Worby.

Hart routs Golden Valley

The Indians won every event en route to a 134-36 boys victory and a 138-31 girls victory on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Hart senior Alex Ngan led a cast of CIF-SS Div. I automatic qualifiers by posting a time of 1:00.78 in the 100 breaststroke. Mitch and Matt Johnson recorded automatic times in the 500 freestyle for the Indians (5-2, 4-0), finishing in 4:43.84 and 4:43.92, respectively.

Chris Cogswell was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:09.92) and 100 backstroke (59.14).

Nicole Antoniuk led the Hart girls (7-0, 4-0) by winning the 200 IM in 2:15.60 and 100 breaststroke in 1:08.62, missing an automatic qualification by 0.12.

Hunter Kincheloe had a strong performance for the Golden Valley boys in the 500 freestyle (2-4, 0-4), dropping 20 seconds. Josh Lee also dropped time off his school record in the 100 butterfly.

For the girls, the Grizzlies (1-6, 0-4) were paced by a strong day from Cassie Kutra in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.


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