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CIF swimming: Eleven reach finals

Hart sends nine swimmers to join Weitzeil, Fiscella

Posted: May 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Foothill League’s performance at Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division I prelims at Riverside Community College mirrored what the league has demonstrated all season long.

Hart qualified nine individuals for Saturday’s finals, by far the most of any league school, and Saugus freshman Abbey Weitzeil continued to dominate in the pool as the top qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle and second qualifier in the 100 free.

Valencia put one swimmer into the finals in backstroker Sophie Fiscella, who finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.92 seconds.

The top 10 qualifiers make the finals in each event, with the next 10 placing into the consolation swims. All 20 swimmers earn points toward the team standings.

“The big trick today was just to get people back so they can swim on Saturday and get them to the finals so they don’t have to wake up so early,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale of the 9 a.m. start time.

The Indians’ Tamara Santoyo qualified ninth in the 100 butterfly (57.17) and was a member of the 400-free relay team that included Megan Schultz, Mik Ranslem and Nicolette Barreiro (3:33.55).

Schultz also made the finals in the 100 backstroke after winning a tiebreaking race with Westlake’s Julia Farfan. Both swimmers tied during their prelims race with a time of 58.50.

Hart’s Emma Osowski was the last female finalist, qualifying in the 500 free with a time of 4:58.59.

On the boys side, the 400 free relay team of Mitch and Matt Johnson, and Chris and Cole Cogswell came in 10th with a time of 3:12.97.

Matt Johnson was the league’s only boys individual finalist, qualifying in the 500 free in 4:34.13.

“It was kind of a mixed bag for us,” Neale said. “It was a long morning. We had maybe some people swim a little bit off on one race, and they were able to come back on another race. Our relay teams all did really well, which was fun.”

Weitzeil, who has set eight Saugus High records in her first year at the school, wasn’t at her best in the 100 on Thursday.

“Not my best, especially in the 100, adding a second,” Weitzeil said. “It didn’t feel very good. I’m not rested. I didn’t do my best, but I felt OK.”

Things were better in the 50 free, in which Weitzeil set a personal best in 23.14.

“It feels good, I guess you could say,” she said. “Knowing if I was on my best, if I was tapered, you never know what could have actually happened. So, I feel confident going into (finals) knowing I wasn’t at my best today and I still ranked high.”

Saturday will also feature the CIF-SS Div. I diving final, for which six Foothill League divers qualified.

Golden Valley’s Drake Nelson was the top league qualifier at Tuesday’s prelims and sits in fourth place overall. Canyon’s Connor Ferris is in 10th, with Logan Ferris in 13th, Valencia’s Derek Rider in ninth and teammate Carter Hardin in 11th. On Thursday, it was announced that Golden Valley’s Carlos DeRada — who was the first alternate after prelims — will compete in the finals on Saturday.



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