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Hart swim storms out of gate, Valencia sweeps Golden Valley

Posted: March 20, 2013 9:49 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2013 9:49 p.m.

Hart's Matt Johnson swims in the 200-yard freestyle race against West Ranch on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Johnson won the event.

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The Hart Indians swim team didn’t waste much time flexing its muscle in opening up the Foothill League season.

Hart won all but five combined varsity events on the day, as the boys defeated the West Ranch Wildcats 108-62 and the girls won 124-46 on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

The Indians girls team jumped out to a large lead from the beginning, as the 200-yard medley relay team of Megan Schultz, Mik Ranslem, Asia Antoniuk and Bryana Waage won the opening event in 1:53.67 and the Indians followed up by taking the top three spots in both the 200-yard free and 200-yard individual medley events.

Freshman Alyssa Shultz was impressive in her Foothill League debut, doubling in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 56.86 seconds) and 500-yard freestyle (5:12.41).

“She did a fabulous job for us,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “I was very impressed with her. She has a fire to carry a long ways.”

West Ranch’s Taylor Poliseno provided the highlight for the Wildcats, doubling in the 50 free (25.00) and 100 backstroke (1:00.64).

“What a talent, she really is,” Neale said. “She really proved her versatility. I knew she was a great sprinter, I’ve never seen her in the backstroke before and she won.

Courtney Chrzas provided the Wildcats’ only other girls victory, taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.33.

On the boys side, 2012 All-SCV Boys Swimmer of the Year Matt Johnson was a double winner, taking the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44.39 and 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.22.

“Matt Johnson just really showed why he’s one of the top high school swimmers in the valley,” Neale said. “He controlled both of his races. He was able to accelerate in the race and did two good relays.”

Quincy Liu also doubled for Hart, taking the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.21 and 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.19.

The pair combined with Cole Cogswell to give Hart three double winners on the day.

The sophomore Cogswell won the 50 free in 21.92 and 100 free in 48.42.

Transfer Gunnar Van Gent (100-yard backstroke, 56.34) and Phillip Wong (100-yard butterfly, 53.42) were West Ranch’s only two boys winners.

The Indians also dominated in the relays, sweeping all three events on both the boys side and the girls side.

“We’re delighted to get started off on the right foot. West Ranch has a very, very good team  ... They’re going to surprise a lot of people,” Neale said.

The victory improved Hart to 1-0 in the Foothill League in both boys and girls, while both West Ranch teams open 0-1.

Girls Swim

Valencia 138, Golden Valley 26

Boys Swim

Valencia 126, Golden Valley 29

The Valencia Vikings used Wednesday’s Foothill League opening meet as a way to move swimmers around and get a wider group of kids experience. Both Vikings squads opened the league season 1-0.

Golden Valley dropped to 0-1 in both boys and girls.

But one Vikings mainstay, and one Vikings newcomer rose to the top.

Returning All-SCV swimmer Sophie Fiscella picked up a CIF-Southern Section consideration time in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the event on Wednesday.

Freshman Kevin Dai earned a consideration time in the 200-yard individual medley in his victory.

“It was good to see another talented swimmer come to Valencia,” said Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt. “He swam pretty good on his relays. He can fit in a lot of places for us.”

The Vikings swept the meet, winning every event as Golden Valley’s numbers were so thin they had races without individual swimmers entered.

For Valencia, it was a chance to see their complete team together at a meet, after numerous swimmers have been away from the team for club swimming obligations.

“It’s good to see our team coming together,” Bechtholdt said. “They’re getting a good idea what they can and can’t do and what we need to work on.”

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