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Prep swimming: A few make the most of it

Valencia pair take advantage of invitation to Masters meet

Posted: May 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Foothill League didn’t send everyone to the season-ending CIF-Southern Section Masters meet, but those that did attend made the most of it.

Valencia freshman Sophie Fiscella became the first local swimmer since Hart’s Jordan Danny in 2008 to win an individual event, and fellow Viking Micaela Velasquez posted an All-American consideration time in the 200-yard freestyle to lead a small contingent of Foothill Leaguers on Tuesday at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

The top two swimmers in each event from every division automatically qualify for the Masters Meet. The next fastest swimmers are then selected to fill out a field of 16. A maximum number of eight participants are eligible from each division.
The meet is optional, and only the Valencia girls chose to attend.

“It was a great chance for our swimmers to improve one last time and race against some of the best talent in southern California,” said Vikings head coach Mike Bechtholdt. “Micaela and Naomi (Asplund) ended their career at Valencia High School the way they wanted to and passed the torch on to Sophie and Catie (Anderson). To come away from the meet with a win by Sophie was a great way to end our season.”

Fiscella’s performance in the 50 freestyle highlighted the action. She was the only freshman in the field and finished in 24.16 to lock up the leagues’ first individual win since Danny won the 100 backstroke (1:01.19) in 2008.

Canyon’s 200-medley relay team of Kearsten Livingstone, Sarah Pino, Kirsten Justice and Allison Morales and Hart’s boys 200-medley relay team of Chris Weber, Nick Korth, Konrad Antoniuk and Andrew Skvarna both won in 2009.

On Tuesday, Valencia’s girls 200-freestyle relay team of Fiscella, Velasquez, Anderson and Asplund took 13th in 1:42.20.

Velasquez was fourth in the 200 freestyle and set a new school record in the event at 1:51.76. The UC Santa Barbara-bound senior also placed fifth in the 100 freestyle (53.33).

Fiscella finished seventh in the 100 freestyle (53.64).


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