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Around the SCV: Golden Valley senior shines

Lagunas scores game-winner for U-20 Mexico team

Posted: January 24, 2010 9:01 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Golden Valley senior soccer player Natalie Lagunas stole the show on Thursday.

Substituting into the game in the 61st minute for Mexico’s Under-20 Women’s National Team, Lagunas scored the game-winning goal late in a 2-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the opening round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship.

It was the Santa Clarita Valley resident’s first international goal.

According to CONCACAF’s official Web site, the “Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football is the governing body for soccer in the region, and one of six continental authorities that administer the game along with FIFA, the world governing body.”

On Saturday, Mexico advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Jamaica.

Rickard named Coach of the Year

The Master’s College head men’s soccer coach Jim Rickard was named the 2009 Brine-NAIA Men’s Soccer National Coach of the Year on Jan. 15, capping a year loaded with recognition nationwide.

Rickard has a school-record 240 wins for the Mustangs and a .628 winning percentage through 19 seasons.

On Dec. 5, he took the team to the NAIA Tournament championship game, where No. 15 TMC fell 1-0 to Lindsey Wilson College in Fresno.

The Mustangs won the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Biola on Nov. 14 and finished with an overall record of 19-3-3.

Team records fall at Grand Prix

Members of Canyons Aquatic Club tore through the organization’s record books earlier this month when the team competed in the Southern California Grand Prix at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

Leading the was Riley Mita, who the broke team and age group record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9 minutes, 18.24 seconds and the 500 freestyle (4:32.62).

He finished 10th behind 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, whose time was 4:24.40.

Mita also helped set a new team record in the 4x100 freestyle relay with a time of 3:10.97 alongside Nui Harris, Bob Hwang and Konrad Antoniuk.

A day later, Antoniuk set a new team record of 15:47.94 in the 1,650 freestyle.

Megan Schultz, 14, broke Jennifer Parmenter’s record in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:24.41 to add to a strong showing at the prestigious event by Canyons Aquatic Club, which also got strong performances from many other swimmers, including Michelle Duraj, Kearsten Livingstone, Maggie Hanson, Nicole Antoniuk and Mitchell Johnson.


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