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2011 All-SCV Girls Swim Team: Just beginning

Hart's Nicole Antoniuk won two individual titles as a junior

Posted: June 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart junior Nicole Antoniuk won Foothill League titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle this season.

 

There was only one girl that won two individual events at this season’s Foothill League swim finals.

And unfortunately for the rest of the league, she’s still got one more season.

Hart junior Nicole Antoniuk won individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle this year, leading the Indians to their 29th overall team championship.

It wasn’t just that she won the events, but how.

First came the 200 IM, an event that requires proficiency in all four strokes.

She won by about a second and a half over a field loaded with young talent.

Then there was the 500 freestyle.

Antoniuk was steady throughout and won the race in 4 minutes, 54.93, breaking a 25-year-old record in the process.
She could be placed anywhere and would excel.

It’s not hyperbole. It’s what she did.

With Megan Schultz, Nicolette Barreiro and her younger sister, Asia Antoniuk, Nicole helped win the 200-medly relay (1:50.73) at the league finals. She then teamed with Asia, Hayley Good and Sam Asencio to win the 400-freestyle relay in 3:33.16.

The two relays are the first and last events of the meet.

They provided fitting bookends to a day that was once again claimed by Hart.

Antoniuk then carried that same high level into the CIF-Southern Section Division I meet, finishing fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:55.98) and seventh in the 200 IM (2:07.36) against competition that was arguably the best in the state.

Antoniuk was calm and composed, almost feeding off the pressure whenever there was any.

Her achievements were many, as were her team’s.

And there will be more to come — starting now.

Antonuik is The Signal’s 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Swimmer of the Year.

And the scariest part?

She’s is not done yet.

In fact, Antoniuk might just be getting warmed up.

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