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Hart and Valencia sweep their swim meets

Indians and Vikings on track for big matchup; Johnson and Weitzeil do the expected

Posted: April 2, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 10:18 p.m.

It was just another day in the pool for the Hart boys and girls swim teams on Tuesday as both won convincingly over Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

The Hart boys won their meet 106-64 and the girls team won 100-70.

“Saugus is a great program and our rivalry goes back a long time so it was fun,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “I thought the kids did well and didn’t make any big mistakes. We got some good glimmers, and we’re coming together as a team.”

Hart got big performances from last year’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Swimmer of the Year Matt Johnson and Cole Cogswell.

Johnson won the boys 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 0.48 seconds, a time good enough for a CIF qualification.

Cogswell had an automatic qualifying time in his win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.30 seconds.

He also had a qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly with his win in 52.29.

Austin Barreiro’s time of 1:45.08 in his win in the 200-yard freestyle was good enough to qualify for CIF as well, while second-place finisher Zachary Zenteno also posted a qualifying time of 1:47.08.

On the girls side, Hart’s Tamara Santoyo posted an automatic qualifying time of 1:54.25 in her win in the 200-yard freestyle.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Mik Ranslem qualified for CIF with her win with a time of 2:09.25

Saugus’ two-time Foothill League and CIF-Southern Section Division I champion Abbey Weitzeil posted an automatic qualifying time of 22.97 in her win in the 50-yard freestyle.

On the other side of the center, the Valencia boys and girls swim teams cruised to easy wins over Canyon.

The boys team won 128-42, and the girls won 131-39. Due to a computer error, the individual times from the meet were unavailable.

Despite the scoring error, Vikings head coach Chris Stroh was happy with how his team performed.

“Today was the first day we had all of our varsity boys and girls teams together so I finally got to see what the teams looked like,” Stroh said. “I was blown away with some of the swims I saw today, so I’m excited for the (SCV Relays today) and for the Hart dual meet in a couple of weeks.”

For Canyon, head coach Daniel Newswald identified some things his teams could work on, but felt they did well.

“We had some good races,” he said. “I think it being cold and rainy and going up against Valencia, they started doubting themselves a little bit. But you have to keep spirits up and strive for them to get (personal records).”

The SCV Relays will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.


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