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Valencia High swim sweeps SCV Invitational

Vikings win both varsity meets

Posted: March 9, 2013 10:44 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2013 10:44 p.m.

Valencia's Madison McCabe competes in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday at the Santa Clarita Valley Invitational held at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. The Vikings won both the varsity boys and girls meets. Photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Hart head swim coach Steve Neale isn’t sure the last time both his boys varsity and girls varsity teams lost on the same day.

But that’s exactly what happened at Saturday’s Santa Clarita Valley Invitational at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, as Valencia outscored Hart 513.5-440 in girls, and 574-448 in boys to win the 10-team event.

But both coaches caution not to read too much into the final results.

With most teams missing their top swimmers to a national club event in Texas this weekend, the day was more about seeing who else would step up on Saturday.

“Our team, we know they had a lot of kids gone and we had a couple gone,” said Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt. “We know things will be different, but it’s still nice to win. It makes our kids want to keep working harder. They got a taste of what winning is like and they’re starting to ask, ‘Why can’t we do this?’”

On Saturday, the Vikings won with depth, winning just two events on the girls side (Katie Blasing, Maliah Grim, Tiffany Farfan and Rebecca Ravitz in the 200-yard medley relay, 1 minute, 54.46 seconds) and the 100-yard breaststroke (Grim, 1:12.28) and two events on the boys side in the 50-yard freestyle (Jack Kerchner, 22.37 seconds) and 200 individual medley (Nelson Guzman, 2:03.02).

Kerchner’s 50-yard free time set an SCV Invitational record.

“(The race) was really good, him and Justin Lee (of Saugus), I didn’t know who finished first,” Bechtholdt said.

For Hart, the race was more about moving swimmers around and seeing who could help the team where moving forward.

“We came in with a pretty light lineup,” Neale said. “But the kids who were there did well. A coach can’t get mad about that.”

The Indians won all three boys relays, as well as taking the 200-free relay and 400-free relay on the girls side.

Freshman Alyssa Schultz really took advantage of her moment in the spotlight, doubling in the 500-yard free (5:05.00) and 200-yard free (1:57.72).

In boys, Hart’s Griffin Scott was a double winner (100-yard butterfly, 53.46 seconds and 100-yard backstroke, 56.53 seconds), as was the Indians’ Austin Barreiro (200-yard freestyle, 1:48.02 and 500-yard freestyle, 4:55.46).

Barreiro and Scott were also both part of Hart’s SCV Invitational record setting 200-yard medley relay, which won in 1:41.49. Quincy Liu and Naphong Aneksirikul joined the pair to make the up the foursome.

Saugus’ Justin Lee set a record in a meet 100-free, winning in 48.81 seconds and West Ranch’s Joshua Lin did the same in the 100-yard breast, winning in 1:00.16.

The final standings were in girls: No. 1. Valencia 513.5, No. 2. Hart 440, No. 3. Saugus 252, No. 4. Quartz Hill 190, No. 5. Canyon 181, No. 6. West Ranch 179, No. 7. Golden Valley 62, No. 8. Lancaster 50, No. 9. Vasquez 36, No. 10. Trinity 34.

In boys: No. 1. Valencia 574, No. 2. Hart 448, No. 3. West Ranch 208, No. 4. Saugus 204, No. 5 Quartz Hill 163, No. 6 Canyon 133, No. 7 Golden Valley 113, No. 8 Vasquez 26, No. 9 Littlerock 10, No. 10 Lancaster 1.

Trinity’s Kaela Delgado, who won the girls 100-yard freestyle in 56.55 seconds, was the lone swimmer representing her school.

But the storyline of the day is the final result, with Valencia, especially on the boys side, looking like it could be nipping at the Indians heels in the race for the league title this season.

“It probably takes down some of the mystique that Hart has held over other teams because it was such a sizeable win,” Bechtholdt said. “ I think it gives our kids confidence they know how to win.”

The real question might be what it does to Hart.

“I’ll tell you the Hart drive is not diminished,” Neale said. “The swimming talent is pretty spread around the league now and we’ll see. The Hart mystique? We’ll see if it happens in a dual meet and league finals.”

Notes: Hart won both JV meets, outscoring Saugus 449-340 in girls, and Valencia 547-292 in boys. Hart’s Lindsey Theberge set a meet JV record in the girls 50-yard freestyle in 32.36. The Indians’ Sidney Nguyen set a JV meet record in the boys 50-yard breaststroke in 31.08.



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