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Around the SCV: Antoniuk commits to Air Force Academy

Saugus grad named freshman swimmer of the year

Posted: February 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Hart High senior varsity swimmer Asia Antoniuk will continue her swimming career at the Air Force Academy.

Antoniuk, a captain on the league-champion Indians swim team and Canyons Aquatics Club member, is the first graduate of Canyons Aquatics to attend the Air Force Academy, according to the club.

Antoniuk took a recruiting trip to Air Force on Sept. 22, and had the school at the top of her list.

“I always liked planes, and so being a pilot would be cool and that’s what I wanted to do. I started (applying) three or four months ago, and I just got my confirmation a couple weeks ago,” Antoniuk said. “It took such a long time. I was really happy (when I found out). I was jumping up and down at practice.”

Antoniuk specializes in mid-distance freestyle and butterfly events, with the 200-yard butterfly her favorite.

She will swim for the NCAA Division I program, coached by head coach Casey Converse.

“As a coach and as an individual, I’m super proud of her,” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “The school is proud of her also. It’s a good fit for her and the Air Force Academy will be really thrilled to have her. She’s a top-notch swimmer, and she will just thrive in that environment.


Saugus grad named freshman swimmer of the year

University of Indianapolis swimmer and Saugus High graduate Katy Sonksen was named Freshman of the Year by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Sonksen specializes in long-distance freestyle events, winning the conference championship in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 2.94 seconds and the 1,650-yard free in 17:20.76 at the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Canton, OH., held Feb. 6 to Feb. 9.

Sonksen helped set the Saugus High 400-yard freestyle relay record last season, joining with Kaylayn Sawa, Abbey Weitzeil and Kristin Threw to swim a 3:36.88.


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