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Foothill League swim roundup: Messages sent at meet

Golden Valley shows signs of progress in loss; Valencia, Hart win big

Posted: April 10, 2013 10:22 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2013 10:22 p.m.

The meet itself wasn’t particularly close, but the day certainly sent a message to Golden Valley — they’re on the right path.

The West Ranch boys varsity won 129-39 and the girls varsity won 127-24, but the story of the meet was actually on a lower level.

The Grizzlies girls junior varsity team recorded an 83-71 victory — not just its first of the season, but its first league victory in school history.

“In the past we hadn’t really seen success at a team level at any of the four squads and for them to be able to pull off a league victory is a really big deal,” said Golden Valley head coach Jenn Marsden. “That’s going to encourage them to swim for all four years and try to get their friends to join. It gives them more of an identity and pride in the team to have that success.”

The Grizzlies had a highlight in varsity, too.

Hunter Kincheloe finished third overall in the boys 500-yard freestyle, but set a school record with his time of 5 minutes, 28.06 seconds.

“I think that definitely raises the team morale and the better they feel about their performance from week to week, the more motivated they are to try harder in practice and that leads to improvement over time,” Marsden said.

For West Ranch, the day was highlighted by Ian Brower doubling in the 200 and 500 frees, Phillip Wong doubling in the 200 individual medley and 100 free and Courtney Chrzas winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.

The Wildcats’ Tyler Hutten won the boys 50 free, Gunnar Van Gent won the 100 back and Taylor Poliseno won the girls 50 free.

Girls Varsity
Valencia 130, Canyon 40
Boys Varsity

Valencia 132, Canyon 38

Valencia used Wednesday’s meet against Canyon as a tune up for it’s biggest meet of the season — next Wednesday’s clash with rival Hart.

So far so good.

The Vikings easily dispatch Canyon at all four levels, sweeping all but one varsity event.

Canyon’s Megan Warr picked up the Cowboys only win, taking the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 10.16 seconds.

For the Vikings, Sophie Fiscella doubled in the 200 free and 50 free and freshman Kevin Dye won the 200 individual medley and 100 breast.

“We pretty much know what we’re doing,” said Valencia head coach Mike Bechtholdt. “We had some good swims.”

Next up for Valencia is Hart

“We’ve got a pretty good idea,” Bechtholdt said. “The way it works is it comes down to five races ... There’s 24 races going on during a meet and we need to have five of those 24 go our way. We need at least five kids to step up in some capacity. I know these guys like to race each other and our guys feel like they want to get more respect so we’ll see if they just say it or really mean it.”

Valencia’s JV girl’s won 108-46 and JV boys won 121-33.

Boys Varsity
Hart 116, Saugus 52
Girls Varsity
Hart 112, Saugus 58

The results were as expected at Tuesday’s varsity meet between Hart and Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

Saugus sophomore Abbey Weitzeil turned in another dominant performance to lead her team, but Hart was excellent in nearly every other event as Hart pulled away with a 116-52 win in the boys meet and 112-58 win in the girls meet.

The Indians won seven events in the girls meet and nine events in boys, including all three relays.

Saugus was strong at the beginning, though, winning three of the first four events of the day.

The girls 200-yard medley team of Paige Montoya, Caitlin Baker, Tara Olson and Weitzeil scored a CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic qualifying time of 1:58.98 to win the opening event.

Weitzeil picked up another auto time to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.56 and teammate Jonathan Morsch won the boys 200 free.

Hart took over from there, with the Indians’ Tamara Santoyo doubling in the 50 free and 100 butterfly.

Teammate Cole Cogswell doubled as well, winning the boys 100 free with an auto time of 47.68 and the 50 free.

It wasn’t until the 23rd event of the day that Weitzeil picked up another first-place finish for the Centurions, winning the 100 free when she picked up another auto time of 51.52 to win the event.

Caitlin Baker (100 breast) and Zachary Zenteno (100 backstroke) also won for Saugus.


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