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Short-handed win for Hart swim over Canyon

Foothill swim roundup: Indians win despite injuries, Valencia still alive in league

Posted: April 24, 2013 9:38 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2013 9:38 p.m.

Megan Schultz, left, and Tamara Santoyo, right, congratulate each other after their win

 

 

The Hart Indians swim team may have swept its varsity meet with the Canyon Cowboys on Wednesday at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, but they received more bad news than good.

The Hart boys won 131-39 and the girls won 137-33, but the Indians lost two of their team’s top swimmers.

Sophomore Cole Cogswell did not compete on Wednesday due to a season-ending dislocated thumb, which had to be surgically reattached, according to Hart head coach Steve Neale.

Freshman swimmer Ally Shultz also missed the meet due to a surgical procedure.

As a result, a Hart team that has dominated its way through the regular season isn’t quite as untouchable heading into Foothill League prelims.

“That just puts a whole other wrinkle on league finals,” Neale said. “West Ranch (boys) barely lost to Valencia, so with Cole gone, all the dynamics (change). Whoever wants it most, it will be the team that brings the most to it. The team that believes in what they’re doing the most will walk away with league champs.”

For Hart, there’s still plenty of talent left on the roster — a fact that was evident on Wednesday.

Austin Barreiro doubled for Hart winning the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Tyler Collins swam a personal best in the 500 free, winning the event in 4 minutes, 55.93 seconds.

On the girls side, Mik Ranslem doubled in the 200 free and 100 back and Christine Lusk doubled in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

Megan Schultz won the 100 freestyle in 55.50, Tamara Santoyo won the 50 free in 26.13 and Asia Antoniuk won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.01.

Canyon’s top individual performance of the day was a second place finish by J.J. Fung in the boys 100 free (53.90).

“I totally believe that heroes will arise and we’re going to see different people step up,” Neale said. “Cole is sad, but he’s 100 percent behind his team and that’s where we look at. If you start dwelling on the negative and you lose faith in the rest of your team you’re not going to win.”

Ally Shultz, on the other hand, expects to be back for next week’s league prelims and finals.

The Hart JV boys won 121-33, while the Hart JV Girls won 126-28.

 

Varsity Boys Swim

Valencia 92, West Ranch 78

Varsity Girls Swim

Valencia 111, West Ranch 58

The West Ranch Wildcats boys swim team kept things close against the Valencia Vikings swim team on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, but in the end it was Valencia sweeping the boys and girls varsity meets.

The boys edged the Wildcats behind impressive performances from Kevin Dai (double winner in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke), Jack Kerchner (50 free) and Nelson Guzman (500 free).

Guzman lowered his CIF-Southern Section Division I consolation time by four seconds.

The meet had all the makings of an upset, with West Ranch sandwiched between last week’s meet with Hart and next week’s Foothill League Prelims.

Not to mention West Ranch’s strength at the top of their boys roster and impressive relays. Still, Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt was surprised at the result.

“They swam pretty good and we swam under what we should have a little bit,” Bechtholdt said. “Usually midtaper is a weird time. Some kids are responding really well and most kids are a little funky.”

The Wildcats 200-yard medley relay team of Gunnar Van Gent, Joshua Lin, Phillip Wong and Tyler Hutten started the day with a win in 1:42.39.

Hutten doubled for West Ranch, winning the 200 and 100 free events.

The two teams now head to next week’s league prelims and finals with a shot, albeit long, at a Foothill League title.

If Valencia wins next week’s meet, it will be tied with Hart in the league standings and win the title because the Foothill League final meet acts as a tiebreaker.

The West Ranch boys would need to finish first and have Hart finish third for the same result.

In girls, the same math holds true, with Hart sitting in first, Valencia second and Saugus third.

 

 

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