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Locals swimmers competing at Junior Nationals

Posted: August 5, 2013 10:55 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2013 10:55 p.m.

Several local swimmers are set to compete at the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships this week in Irvine.

To kick off the, Hart senior-to-be Matt Johnson raced in the 1,500-meter freestyle and Valencia incoming freshman Nikol Popov competed in the 800-meter free on Monday.

Johnson finished 60th with a time of 16 minutes, 8.91 seconds and Popov was 92nd in the 800 in 9:13.13.

The event continues today and runs through Friday.

Later this week, Johnson will also take part in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle races as well as the 4x100 relay.

Popov, a promising 14-year-old talent, is also set to race in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. She may also race legs in the 400 medley relay and 4x100 free relay.

Both swimmers are with the local Canyons Aquatic Club.

Other Canyons Aquatic athletes scheduled to swim this week in Irvine include Saugus junior-to-be Abbey Weitzeil and Hart junior-to-be Cole Cogswell, who will both participate in individual and relay events.

Weitzeil comes in ranked No. 1 in the 50 and 100 free races and she’s also going to swim the 200 free and 100 butterfly. She has a chance to make the Junior National Team, which would put her in the World Junior Championships in Dubai later this month.

She’ll also race in three relay events: 4x100 free, 400 medley and 4x200 free.

Cogswell will race in the 50 and 100 freestyles along 200 freestyle and the 4x100 relay.

Six other locals are competing in relay events this week.

They are Hart High swimmers Ally Schultz, Mik Ranslem and Tamara Santoyo, Saugus’ Kevin Dai and Jonathan Morsch and Academy of the Canyons student Liza Kuznetsova.


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