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Open Water Championships coming to Santa Clarita Valley's Castaic Lake

Posted: May 15, 2013 7:49 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2013 7:49 p.m.


Castaic Lake is the site of this weekend’s USA Open Water Swimming National Championships.

USA Swimming and successful local swim club Canyons Aquatic hosts the event on May 17 and May 19.

The event will feature the top American open water swimmers who will be competing not just for the national championship, but for a chance to represent the country at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

The women’s 10K race starts at 8 a.m. on Friday and the men’s race begins at 10:30 a.m.

The 5K national championships will take place Sunday.

The 5K national champion also receives an automatic spot on the World Championship Team.

The men’s race starts at 8 a.m. and the women’s race begins at 9:30 a.m.

Some of the notable participants in the events are 2012 Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson, 2010 World Open Water champion and Olympian Alex Meyer and locals West Ranch graduate Riley Mita, Hart High graduate Nicole Antoniuk and Hart junior Matt Johnson.

Mark Warkentin, a 2008 Olympian, will lead an open water swim clinic on Saturday at Castaic Lake.

For more information, contact Ron Mita at


Canyon names new tennis coach

Canyon High has named a new varsity head boys and girls tennis coach.

The Cowboys will now be guided Dennis Yongmaneeratana, who graduated from and teaches at Canyon High School.

He was the boys JV head coach this year.

Yongmaneeratana has been playing tennis for 15 years and is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

He also played tennis at Canyon.

Yongmaneeratana replaced Annie Araujo, who guided the boys and girls squads the last two seasons.


Ice Station to hold unique event

Ice Station Valencia will host the first SoCal Special Needs Ice Hockey Festival on June 1.

Included in the festival are opening ceremonies, four games and an awards ceremony.

Special needs hockey teams the Valencia SNAP Flyers, the California Condors and the Pasadena Maple Leafs will all be a part of the action.

There is no cost for the event and the public is welcome.

The festival will be managed by Santa Clarita non-profit, Bridges to Ability Foundation

Festivities begin at 9 a.m.



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