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Foothill League swimming: Cents split with Canyon

Saugus girls win, as does the Cowboys’ boys team

Posted: April 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Saugus’ Caitlin Baker swims the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Saugus’ Caitlin Baker swims the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
Saugus’ Caitlin Baker swims the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Members of the Saugus and Canyon swim teams thought their head-to-head dual meet might be their most tightly contested meet of the season so far.

And for most of the day, it was.

But the Centurion girls were paced by double winners Katy Sonksen, Caitlin Baker and Kristin Threw and swept the final three events to win 99-70, while the Canyon boys remained balanced in a 103-67 victory Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

“Our girls have been getting better and better each year,” Sonksen said. “We are winning most of our meets this year. It’s boosting the morale of our girls team, and we are getting closer because of it.”

Sonksen won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minutes, 57.59 seconds and the 500 freestyle with a CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic qualifying time of 5:08.78. Baker also bettered her automatic time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:07.94, and took the 200 individual medley in 2:12.98. Threw won the 100 freestyle (57.02) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.14).

The Saugus girls (5-1, 3-0) also took first in the 200-medley and 400-freestyle relays with times of 1:57.75 and 3:54.76, respectively.

“Our girls did a really good job of stepping up to the plate,” said Centurions head coach Vicky Donnelly. “We had some great 1-2 and 1-2-3 finishes.”

Canyon (4-2, 1-2) won the 200-freestyle relay (1:49.34) and had individual wins by Shayla Austin in the 50 freestyle (26.39) and Tess Neumann in the 100 butterfly (1:04.93).

But the Canyon boys (3-3, 2-1) did most of the damage.

Five different swimmers earned wins for the Cowboys — Garrett Kelly (50 freestyle, 23.96), Matteo Kim (500 freestyle, 5:24.58), A.J. Simpson (100 backstroke, 1:00.26), Alex Kim (100 breaststroke, 1:06.01) and Timmy Peak (100 freestyle, 53.53).

Peak also came in a close second to Saugus’ Jordan Clark in the 200 IM, setting personal records in both events.

Peak finished the 200 IM in 2:14.17, just behind Clark’s winning mark of 2:13.68.

“We really wanted this,” Peak said of the meet. “We got pumped up and excited, and it showed in our performance today.”

Jonathan Morsch was a double winner for the Centurions (3-3, 1-2), taking the 200 freestyle (1:47.86) and 100 butterfly (56.02).

Saugus won the 400-freestyle relay (3:32.12), while Canyon won the 200-medley and 200-freestyle relays in 1:49.56 and 1:36.64, respectively.

“It’s a good indicator of what we can do for West Ranch,” said Cowboys head coach Steve Himes in anticipation of next week’s dual meet with the Wildcats. “When everyone is cheering and screaming for the whole meet, it definitely helps what they can do in the water.”

Hart avenges milestone defeat

It has been one year since the Hart boys swim team saw West Ranch end its 14-year Foothill League dual-meet winning streak.

There was no such upset this time around.

Indians senior Alex Ngan won a pair of events with CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic qualifying times to lead a 106-64 victory over the Wildcats, while Hayley Good and Nicole Antoniuk earned a pair of wins in the Hart girls’ 127-43 rout on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

The Indians swept all three boys and girls relays.

“A lot more fun this year than last year,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “It was pretty sad last year.”

West Ranch beat the Indians 87-83 on April 21, 2010, snapping Hart’s league dual-meet winning streak at 70.

Ngan paced Wednesday’s victory with standout wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.65 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (47.90 seconds). Matt Johnson won the 200 individual medley (2:02.21) for Hart (4-2, 3-0), while Mitch Johnson won the 100 butterfly (53.14) and 500 freestyle (5:00.30).

But the Indians received a blow over spring break when 100 breaststroke title-contender Kris Korth suffered a broken bone in his right leg. However, Chris Cogswell returned from an injured hand Wednesday.

Senior Riley Mita was a dual winner for West Ranch (2-3, 1-2). He won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.36 and the 100 backstroke in 53.65 seconds — an automatic time. Eric Abbott won the 100 backstroke (1:03.75), and freestyler Alex Arnold posted a strong effort by cutting time in multiple events.

“Overall, it’s just rebuilding,” said Wildcats head coach Aaron Worby of the loss. “We thought we’d been rebuilding a little strong, but we lost too many key swimmers.”

The Hart girls (6-0, 3-0) posted another dominant victory, led by Good’s wins in the 200 freestyle (1:57.23) and 100 freestyle (54.06). Antoniuk recorded an automatic time in the 500 freestyle (5:04.93) and also won the 200 IM (2:12.41). Sam Asencio took the 100 butterfly (1:01.38), Megan Schultz won the 100 backstroke (1:01.38), and Bryana Waage was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.81).

“They are a special group of young ladies,” Neale said.

West Ranch sophomore Taylor Poliseno gave the Wildcats (1-4, 0-3) a much-needed spark on the day, winning the 50 freestyle in 24.52.

“She’s phenomenal,” Worby said. “It was nice victory for the team to see that.”


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