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Foothill League swim: Valencia stays course

Valencia sweeps as Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil continues to shine

Posted: March 27, 2013 9:29 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 9:29 p.m.

The Saugus Centurions swim team had some highlights at Wednesday’s meet with Valencia at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, but in the end it was the Valencia Vikings who swept the day, 95-75 in girls and 113-55 in boys.

2012 All Santa Clarita Valley Swimmer of the Year Abbey Weitzeil won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle for Saugus, earning CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic qualifying times in both.

The double win comes on the heels of Weitzeil earning auto times in the 50-yard free and 100-yard breaststroke in last week’s meet with Canyon.

Weitzeil also helped Saugus overtake Valencia in the 400 free relay in the meet’s final girls event.

“Going into that third leg on the varsity girls, Abbey was behind Valencia’s swimmers,” said Saugus head coach Vickey Donnelly. “So she was able to come up and surpass them. It was nice to see everyone have a good effort on that relay.”

For Valencia, especially on the boys side, it was further validation for their preseason hype.

Freshman Kevin Dai was impressive, doubling in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.

“Their varsity boys are great,” Donnelly said. “They’ve got a lot of depth this season, a lot of versatility. (Head coach Mike Bechtholdt) has the luxury of being able to put boys even in off events and they’re going to swim really well. I definitely think they have the ability to (win league) but we’ll see as the season goes on.”

That doesn’t mean Valencia is quite happy with where it’s at just yet — knowing there’s more work to be done to catch defending champion Hart.

“I know Hart is still swimming a little faster than us at this point” Bechtholdt said. “We keep a pretty good eye on each other.”

West Ranch 112, Canyon 58


West Ranch 121, Canyon 49

The West Ranch Wildcats swept the Canyon Cowboys in both the varsity boys and girls dual meets on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats picked up a number of CIF-Southern Section Division I individual consideration times, with Taylor Poliseno and Ian Bower leading the way.

Poliseno doubled in the girls 50 free (25.17 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1 minute, 0.44 seconds), both marks consideration times.

Bower doubled with two consideration times as well, winning the 200 free (1:47.88) and 500 free (4:52.23).

West Ranch’s Courtney Chrzas (200 individual medley, 2:16.10 and 100 backstroke, 1:05.36) and Olivia Morici (200 free, 2:02.98 and 500 freestyle, 5:31.83) also doubled.

On the boys side, the Wildcats’ Phillip Wong also turned in an impressive day, doubling in the 200 IM (2:08.26) and 100 butterfly (54.13).

The Wildcats won every event on the day.

Canyon had some impressive swims, however, including J.J. Fung, who finished second in the 100 free (52.85) and third in the 50 free (24.24) and Karina Rodgers, who was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.65) and 200 IM (2:23.46).


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