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Prep swimming: Depth in the water

Valencia’s deeper roster propels it to win over West Ranch

Posted: March 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch High swimmer Tyler Hutten wins the 500-yard freestyle race against Valencia at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center on Tuesday.

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Before either team could focus on making a run at reigning Foothill League champion Hart High this season, the Valencia and West Ranch swim teams had to prove they could beat each other when the two squads opened their league seasons Tuesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

The Valencia boys team, surrounded by questions of how it would fill key losses off last season’s squad, pulled out a 95-75 victory over the Wildcats.

On the girls side, the Vikings won 103-67.

“We did lose a lot of guys off the top, and having West Ranch ranked higher than us (in other publications) fired our guys up,” said Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt.

Freshman swimmer Tyler Tran helped the Vikings fill that void Tuesday, as he who won both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races in times of 23.10 and 50.42 seconds, respectively.

On the girls side, Sophie Fiscella also won both the 50-and 100-free races for the Vikings in times of 25.17 and 55.26, respectively.

The boys meet was close for most of the day, until the Vikings’ victory in the 200-yard free relay started an impressive run.

In that relay, the Vikings’ team of Matthew Stulp, Andrei Morosky, Jessie Kim and Tran won in a time of 1 minute, 34.54 seconds, with Valencia’s B team of Matthew Gray, Jonathan Tiemann, Chris Lee and Garrett Nelson coming in second.

The Vikings boys failed to win just one race the rest of the way, when the Wildcats’ Josh Lin won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.09.

“They still have a lot of quality kids at the top,” Bechtholdt said. “The reason we beat them was because of second place or third place.”

And West Ranch head coach Aaron Worby agreed.

“That’s been a common theme every year,” Worby said. “My boys were running very low this year. It’s every one (that wins or loses a meet). To say it’s just the B swimmers is an understatement, but to say it’s just A swimmers is also an understatement.”

“The main thing a meet like this gives me is some solid times to regroup for our girls to compete against Saugus or our boys to possibly put a challenge on Hart,” Worby added. “It was a good meet. Everybody swam really well, no one left anything in the pool.”

Notes: Trinity Classical Academy swimmer Mykaela Delgado, who competes during Valencia swim meets, is the first swimmer in Trinity history and won the girls varsity 200-yard free race in 2:02.97, and came in third in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.35.

Valencia swimmers achieved CIF-Southern Section Division I consideration times in the girls 200-yard medley relay (Catie Anderson, Rebekah Haw, Maliah Grim and Fiscella), boys 200 IM (Jessie Kim), 100 free (Fiscella), 200 free relay (Stulp, Morosky, Kim and Tran), boys 100 breast (Josh Unas), 400 free relay (Anderson, Grim, Haw and Fiscella) and boys 400 free relay (Kim, Nelson Guzman, Tran and Stulp)

West Ranch swimmers also hit consideration times in the girls 200 IM (Courtney Chrzas), boys 200 IM (Philip Wong), girls 200 medley relay (Emily Snoke, Chrzas, Taylor Poliseno and Brittney Peterson), boys 200 medley relay (Derek Chang, Wong, Lin and Tyler Hutten), girls 50 free (Fiscella and Poliseno), boys 100-yard butterfly (Wong), boys 100 breast (Lin), 400 free relay (Chrzas, Brittney Peterson, Claudia Reardon, Poliseno) and boys 400 free relay (Hutten, Change, Austin Choi, Wong).

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