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Prep swimming: Indians are still on top

Hart girls ace test from Saugus, while boys roll

Posted: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Hart’s Megan Schultz swims the 100-yard backstroke on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Hart’s Megan Schultz swims the 100-yard backstroke on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
Hart’s Megan Schultz swims the 100-yard backstroke on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

For most teams, it would have been a terrible way to start.

Hart’s A relay swim team was disqualified in the girls 200-yard medley, the first race of the meet.

But these were the Indians, and the disqualification didn’t stop them from winning the event and eventually the meet 100-70 to hand the Saugus girls team its first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

The Hart boys had an easier time, defeating the Centurions 125-45.

The Hart girls improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Foothill League, while Saugus dropped to 4-1 and 3-1.

In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Hart’s B team of Megan Schultz, Emily Shapiro, Gabbi Madia and Stephanie Poleman won the event in a time of 1 minute, 57.19 seconds — a CIF-Southern Section Division I consideration time.

“We were really lucky our B team won there. We minimized damage on the first race,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale.

Saugus freshman Abbey Weitzeil immediately made her presence felt, winning the 200 freestyle with a CIF-SS automatic time of 1:49.16 and the 100 butterfly with an automatic time of 57.26 seconds.

But Hart’s depth negated both of those results, as Hart finished second, third and fifth in the 200 free to equal Saugus’ points in the event. In the 100 butterfly, the Indians also took second, a two-way tie for third and sixth to outscore Saugus.

Weitzeil also swam the anchor leg of the 400 free relay, an event in which she overcame Hart’s lead at the SCV Invitational last month to give Saugus a victory.

But on Tuesday, Hart moved swimmers around, and Mik Ranslem put Hart ahead for good after the first leg.

Ranslem, Schultz, Tamara Santoyo and Nicolette Barreiro went on to win with an automatic qualifying time of 3:36.43.

Santoyo was the only Hart swimmer to win two individual events, the 50 free (25.06) and 100 free (53.48).

“Some of the girls really looked like they were a bit tired,” Neale said. “But they came through with solid performances.”

That was a stark contrast to the Centurions, whom head coach Vicky Donnelly felt didn’t swim up to their potential.

“There were quite a few people that didn’t show up to race from my side, and we could have done better,” she said.

On the boys side, things were easier for the Indians.

Hart won 10 of the 11 events, sweeping the top three spots in the 200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 500 free and 100 breaststroke.

Hart (5-0, 4-0) swept the relays, with the team of Chris Cogswell, Quincy Liu, Mitch Johnson and Naphong Aneksirikul winning the 200 medley relay (1:41.19).

Aneksirikul, Mitch Johnson, Kevin Moore and Griffin Scott won the 200 free relay (1:32.06), while two sets of brothers Mitch and Matt Johnson and Cole and Chris Cogswell won the 400 free relay in 3:16.07.

Mitch Johnson picked up a third win in the 100 butterfly (52.29).

The lone win for Saugus (4-3, 2-2) was in the 100 free when Jonathan Morsch touched in 48.60.

Both teams will return to the pool on Monday, when the rescheduled SCV Relays will take place at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.


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