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CIF swimming: Mita comes so close

West Ranch swimmer falls just short of CIF title in an overall solid showing for the Foothill League

Posted: May 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It was a photo finish.

Unfortunately for West Ranch senior Riley Mita, he was on the wrong side of it by a mere .08 seconds.

Mita was edged in the 500-yard freestyle at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Championships on Friday in Long Beach to highlight a host of strong local finishes.

Mita finished the neck-and-neck 500 freestyle in 4:27.23, a breath behind Capistrano Valley's Logan Redondo.

"I'll be honest, I was pretty upset after only losing by .08," said Mita, while also giving credit to Redondo, a friend from club swimming. "It was a really good race. I dropped time, and rebroke the district record. I really wanted to win. I personally don't take losing lightly."

The Wildcats standout also took fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:39.55).

But he wasn't the only local swimmer to place well in the championship finals, which are made up of the top eight finishers from Wednesday's prelims.

Valencia's Bob Hwang finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (49.96) after taking 10th in the 200 individual medley (1:55.52).

Hart's Alex Ngan was fifth in the 50 freestyle (20.81) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (45.67). Teammate Mitch Johnson placed sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:37.40).

Junior Nicole Antoniuk led the Indians' girls team with a fourth-place time in the 500 freestyle (4:55.98) and a seventh-place finish in the 200 IM (2:07.36). Emma Osowski was eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:07.16).

"We got a lot of great, faster swims this year," Antoniuk said. "Honestly, I didn't expect us to do this well at CIFs this year. We had so many top 16s. ... This year has been really good, and hopefully, next year will be even better."

Valencia's Sophie Fiscella and West Ranch's Taylor Poliseno finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 50 freestyle.

Fiscella, a freshman, swam the race in 23.96, while Poliseno, a sophomore, posted a 24.04.

The Hart girls 400-freestyle relay team of Asia Antoniuk, Nicolette Barreiro, Hayley Good and Sam Asencio took fifth with a time of 3:33.22, while the 200-freestyle relay team of Barreiro, Good, Asencio and Bryana Waage finished sixth (1:38.61).

Golden Valley's Drake Nelson was sixth in the diving finals with a score of 439.85, while Canyon's Connor Ferris was eighth (361.65). Hart's Nadia Tseng finished 28th (152.00).

Poliseno won the consolation championship in the 100 freestyle (52.15), followed by Fiscella (ninth, 52.31), Good (13th, 52.69), and Viking Micaela Velasquez (15th, 53.86). Velasquez also took 13th in the 200 freestyle (1:53.12).

Indians freshman Matt Johnson claimed a consolation championship in the 500 freestyle in 4:36.41, a time that would have been good for sixth. Meanwhile, Hart's 400-freestyle relay team of Ngan, Mitch and Matt Johnson and Griffin Scott took ninth (3:11.34)

Rounding out the consolation finalists were Hart's boys and girls medley relay teams, which took 11th and ninth, respectively, Asia Antoniuk (500 freestyle, 10th and 100 butterfly, 14th), Mitch Johnson (100 butterfly, 12th), and Megan Schultz (100 backstroke, 16th); Saugus' Katy Sonksen (500 freestyle, 13th), Jonathan Morsch (200 freestyle, 15th) and Caitlin Baker (100 breaststroke, 15th); and the Valencia girls 200-freestyle relay (14th).

The Hart girls tied with Santa Margarita for fifth place, followed by Valencia (21st), West Ranch (27th) and Saugus (36th).

The Indians' boys team was ninth, West Ranch wound up 23rd, Valencia was 24th, Golden Valley finished 29th, Canyon was 33rd, and Saugus placed 46th.

Up next is the optional CIF-SS Masters Meet on Tuesday in Irvine.



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