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Prep swimming: Indians are one of a kind

Hart boys defeat Valencia in battle of last two league undefeateds; girls easily slip

Posted: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart High’s Cole Cogswell swims in the 200-yard individual medley against Valencia at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

 

In a battle of the last two undefeated Foothill League swim teams, Hart boys swim showed it had little in common with Valencia outside of its record.

The Indians swept the Vikings in all 11 events, and took first and second in six events en route to a convincing 123-47 win on Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

It was an equally impressive performance for the Hart girls, as the team won 118-52.

That result drops the Viking boys to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Foothill Leagues, while the girls are 6-2 and 3-2.

Hart jumped out to an early lead, taking first and second in the 200-medley relay with the A team of Chris Cogswell, Quincy Liu, Mitch Johnson and Naphong Aneksirikul winning in 1 minute, 40.97 seconds and the B team of Matt Johnson, Kris Korth, Griffin Scott and Kevin Moore just behind with a time of 1:41.92.

Both Johnson brothers would go on to double in the individual events, with Mitch winning the 200 free (1:44.97) and 100 free (48.59) and Matt taking the 100 butterfly (54.36) and 100 backstroke (54.71).

“I think we got great times,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “We switched things up in the guys (races) and I was impressed with Matt Johnson’s backstroke time and Cole Cogswell’s 200 individual medley going under two minutes.”

Cogswell won the event in 1:59.12.

Hart did suffer a couple setbacks on the day, though, as Liu was injured after the 200-medley relay and freshman Mik Ranslem injured her back after finishing second in the 500 free with a time of 5:37.06 (Emma Osowski won the event in 5:10.07).

Outside of Ranslem’s injury, the Hart girls breezed through the day.

To start the meet, Ranslem joined Nicole Antoniuk, Tamara Santoyo and Nicolette Barreiro to edge Valencia by 0.45 seconds in 1:52.47.

That sent Hart on a streak of eight consecutive victories before Valencia’s Sophie Fiscella won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.02 — one of many CIF-Southern Section Division I consideration times on the day.

“We had a lot of best times (today),” said Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt. “Six or seven more consideration times.”

Valencia, though, still doesn’t have any automatic qualifying times on the season.

“It’d be nice going into CIF knowing we’ll be there,” Bechtholdt said. “This is the first year we haven’t had any auto times this late in the season.”

After Fiscella’s victory, Hart closed out the meet with victories in the 100 breast (Christine Lusk, 1:10.08) and 400-free relay (Megan Schultz, Yvette Castaneda, Asia Antoniuk, Osowski, 3:44.22).

Hart was forced to jumble around its 400-free relay team after Ranslem’s injury earlier in the meet, one day after the Indians were disqualified in the same event at the Santa Clarita Valley Relays.

But just like Monday, in which Hart won the overall meet, the trouble in the 400-free didn’t stop the Indians on Tuesday.

The victory sends Hart into its meet with Crescenta Valley on Friday at 5-0 overall and in league in both boys and girls, as the Indians hope to continue their momentum through Foothill League finals next week and into CIF.

“It will sharpen our guys for league and CIF,” Neale said. “It’s nothing but positive for them individually (to swim against high levels of competition).”

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