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On the Beat Swim: Calm before the storm

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:48 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:48 p.m.

This will probably be a long week for Foothill League swimmers, as they look ahead to next week’s Foothill League prelims and finals where, quite literally, anything might happen.

And it’s likely the week will feel longest for the Valencia Vikings, who have already accomplished regular season firsts in both boys and girls swim, but know that a Foothill League title is the true prize.

“To win all of it would be amazing,” said Valencia head coach Chris Stroh. “We get to put a big plaque up in the gym that everyone gets to see from here on to the end of Valencia High School. Everyone will know that’s the first year they won league.”

The Vikings ended the Hart girls’ 41-meet winning streak earlier this season, and if they can beat the Indians again at finals, it will be Valencia’s first league title in program history.

The Viking boys tied Hart this season, and will also look for their first championship next week.

But first, they have to get through another week on the calendar — and that means a lot of practicing and waiting.

They’ve already finished their competition for the week, beating Golden Valley on Tuesday 137-13 in the girls meet and 133-32 in the boys meet — so that wait has officially begun.

“I kind of do, I wish the meet would just come and go,” Stroh said. “One, the stress would be off and also the excitement would be out. I’m excited for that meet and I’m excited to see what happens. I can’t wait to see what the kids do at this league finals.”

Freshman impact: Injuries and club obligations haven’t helped the Saugus Centurions much this season, but the team has received some strong swims out of two young faces in 2014.

On the boys team, freshman Tanner Olson has been making an immediate impact for Saugus and already has consideration times in the 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

“He’s a real hard worker, has a lot of potential to be a dominant breaststroker in this league,” said Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do next week in prelims and finals.”

Cameron Helm has made waves on the girls team, picking up consideration times in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke in her first year of high school swim.

“Coming off of taking a break from club swimming, she has really worked hard to get back to where she was,” Donnelly said. “Like Tanner, I’m expecting big things from Cameron at league prelims and finals next week.”

Olson and Helm are two of many freshmen stepping up around the Foothill League, and should continue to impress over the next four years.

Senior sectionals: Canyons Aquatics Club continues to be recognized nationally for its work.

The program, run out of the Santa Clarita Valley, has been chosen to host the Senior Sectionals in 2015, according to the Canyons Aquatics website.


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