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Foothill League swimming: Indians move closer to titles

Boys, girls teams drop just three events against Saugus

Posted: April 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The Hart boys and girls swim teams moved one step closer to another Foothill League title after winning their final dual meet of the season.

And they’re showing not signs of slowing down.

The Indians’ boys and girls teams combined to win all but three events, beating Saugus 121-49 and 119-51, respectively, on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Hart finished undefeated in league dual meets and now enters the Foothill finals one game ahead of Valencia in both the boys’ and girls’ race.

The Indians can shore up their 24th boys and 29th girls titles at the league meet next week.

“You just have to bring it back and expect to bring home another championship,” said Hart’s Megan Shultz of her team’s history of success. “It’s intimidating, but you don’t let that get in the way.”

Shultz recorded a CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic qualifying time of 1 minute, 0.27 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke.

Hayley Good won the 200 freestyle (1:55.45, automatic) and 100 freestyle (54.25) for Hart (8-0, 5-0), while Asia Antoniuk took the 100 butterfly (59.79) and 500 freestyle (5:08.50, automatic).

Caitlin Baker won the 100 breaststroke in (1:06.77, automatic) for Saugus (5-3, 3-2).

The Centurions were coming off a narrow loss to Valencia a week ago, so Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly said it was important for her teams to remain focused.

“I just try to keep reminding them that their taper will pay off next week,” Donnelly said.

Alex Ngan won the 200 IM (1:57.31) and 100 butterfly (51.27) to lead the Hart boys (6-2, 5-0). Both marks were CIF-SS Div. I automatic times.

But performances like Daniel McGowan’s win in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.99) that could prove the most valuable at the finals following the loss of top breaststroker Kris Korth to injury.

“I’ve been working extremely hart to get better, and it’s paid off,” McGowan said.

Jonathan Morsch won the 50 freestyle (22.89) and 100 freestyle (49.88) for Saugus (3-5, 1-4).

The Indians will get a big boost from freshman Kevin Moore, whom head coach Steve Neale said will be pulled up to varsity after breaking a 37-year-old JV record in the 200 freestyle (1:53.90).

Valencia storms into finals

The Vikings beat Canyon 116-54 in girls and 119.5-50.5 in boys Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Valencia won every relay except the boys 400-freestyle relay, which the Cowboys claimed after Matt Howard held off Jaryd Borja on the final leg.

Howard also won the 200 IM (2:05.33) for the Cowboys (3-5, 2-3), while the Vikings (5-3, 4-1) were led by double winner Bob Hwang (200 freestyle, 1:48.42 and 100 butterfly, 54.46). Stephen Haw and Dakota Miller were also double winners.

Micaela Velasquez and Catie Anderson paced the Viking girls (7-1, 4-1). Velasquez won the 200 freestyle (1:57.77) and 100 freestyle (55.29), while Anderson won the 200 IM (2:14.52) and 100 backstroke (1:02.40).

Karina Rodgers won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.01) for Canyon (5-3, 2-3).

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