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Club swimming: CAC sends five to USA camps

Former and current Hart swimmers will train at prestigious events

Posted: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Five local swimmers have been selected to USA Swimming Select Camps, including former Hart swimmer Konrad Antoniuk and current Hart swimmer Tamara Santoyo.

The pair have ties to Canyons Aquatic Club, which will also send non-Foothill League swimmers Alexa Skorus-Neely, Liza Kuznetsova and Kevin Dai to select camps.

“USA swimming designed the camps to kind of pick out certain groups of swimmers who show potential to make it to the next level,” said Canyons coach Jeff Conwell.

Santoyo was invited to the Diversity Select Camp, which will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She is the first Canyons swimmer to be selected to the camp.

She will join 17 other girls and 18 boys at the three-day camp starting on May 3.

Antoniuk, who is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was selected to the Open Water Select Camp.

“Open water is a newer sport,” Conwell said. “2008 was the first year it was an Olympic sport, so they’re trying to expose good distance swimmers. They bring them together and they spend a week working in the water learning tactical things and race strategies.”

He was selected based off of the top 1,500-meter freestyle times in 2011 and will join a group of 12 men and 12 women.
The Open Water camp will take place at Florida Gulf Coast University from June 5 to June 9.

He is the second Canyons swimmer to attend the camp, after former West Ranch and current Naval Academy swimmer Riley Mita.

Skorus-Neely, Kuznetsova and Dai will attend the Western Zone Select Camp from May 31 to June 3 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

The Western Zone camp will feature 28 boys ages 13 to 14 and 28 girls ages 12 to 13.

“It’s exciting,” Conwell said. “There’s not many clubs that are sending five kids to all these camps in the nation. So we’re doing a good job of developing kids.”



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