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On the Beat Swimming: Valencia's forgotten victory

SCCS and Trinity team up and our power rankings

Posted: April 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Call it the forgotten victory – Valencia 91, Hart 79, March 22, 2006.

When the Valencia girls swim team defeated Hart last week, 89-81, everyone was abuzz over what nearly the entire pool deck assumed was the first victory over Hart by the Vikings in program history.

In fact, weeks earlier, at SCV Relays, and before that when this paper was interviewing coaches for our annual Foothill League preview, the talk was about how 2014 could be the year Valencia finally breaks through.

And when the Vikings cemented the victory on Wednesday with dominating performances in the backstroke and breaststroke, I regrettably tweeted out words which I have since had to correct: “With one event to go, Valencia girls have wrapped up a win over Hart swim — a first for the program.”

The problem, though, was that it wasn’t a first ... it was, in fact, a second — and no one seemed to know it.

Valencia head coach Chris Stroh was also under the impression that it was the first win and didn’t realize it wasn’t until he read the newspaper the next day.

“It definitely caught me off guard, but it can happen. So it’s OK, our girls are still excited whether it be the first time, or second time or anytime,” Stroh said.

So how did multiple newspapers, various head coaches and nearly everyone else forget?

“It kind of came and went really fast, I guess,” Stroh said. “And it wasn’t like a run of three or four years or something like that. And since they didn’t win league that year, that kind of squashes anything that happened.

Whoever laughs last, laughs hardest.”

Regardless, the Vikings cemented themselves as the front-runner in the league title race.

And they hope to make 2014 a lasting memory.

Two of a kind: There was an interesting pairing a few weeks ago in the Santa Clarita Valley swim world. Call it a pairing of necessity.

At the annual Santa Clarita Valley Relays in early April, swimmers from Trinity Classical Academy and Santa Clarita Christian actually teamed up to form a relay team to compete in the competition.

Swimmers Victoria Kirshner and Madeleine Perrault of SCCS, and Mykaela Delgado and Lizzie Leathers of Trinity, won a third-place medal in the 200-yard butterfly relay.

The quartet also took top-8 finishes in the 400-free relay and 200-medley relay.

Swimmers from Hart, Canyon, Golden Valley, Valencia and West Ranch all competed in the event, as well.

Speaking of Kirshner, the freshman swimmer, who chose to stay at SCCS and swim for the school’s first-ever swim team, is doing some special things in her first go at high school swimming.

On tap: Valencia got the better of the Hart girls last week, and swam to a draw with the boys, but was it enough to overtake the Indians in The Signal’s rankings?

The answer is a resounding yes.

On the girls side, we see it:
1. Valencia,
2. Hart
3. West Ranch 
4. Saugus 
5. Canyon,
6. Golden Valley
In boys:
1. Valencia
2. Hart
3. Saugus 
4. West Ranch
5. Canyon
6. Golden Valley

The excitement of the Hart/ Valencia meet has died down, but there are two quality meets today, after Hart defeated Canyon on Tuesday.

Valencia gets back in the pool against West Ranch, while Saugus takes on Golden Valley.


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