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Hart easily beats rival Valencia

Posted: April 17, 2013 9:56 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 9:56 p.m.

What was supposed to be a significant battle between the reigning champion Hart boys and up-and-coming Valencia turned out to be on the anticlimactic side.

The Hart boys won eight of the 11 events, including three relays to defeat Valencia 103-67.

The girls were even more impressive, sweeping all 11 events to defeat the Vikings 122-48.

“Psychologically, they were really ready to put out their best effort.” said Hart head coach Steve Neale. “That’s the thing a coach likes to see. That x-factor. They’re not swimming for their best times. It’s very personal — they’re swimming to beat somebody else. They score to fifth and everyone is cheering for the fifth guy. It’s everything a hometown rivalry should be about.”

The Indians started the day off with a bang, posting CIF-Southern Section Division I automatic times in both the girls and boys 200-yard medley relays.

The team of Megan Schultz, Christine Lusk, Mik Ranslem and Tamara Santoyo won in 1 minute, 50.96 seconds and the boys team of Matt Johnson, Quincy Liu, Griffin Scott and Cole Cogswell won in 1:38.17.

Ranslem doubled in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, posting an automatic time in the butterfly, ahead of teammate Tamara Santoyo, who was second with an auto time of 57.86 seconds.

Freshman Alyssa Shultz also doubled, winning the 200 free and 500 free.

“Very, very proud of her,” Neale said. “She reminded me that (because) her older sister Megan is a senior, she’s already been going to all these high school meets for three years so she’s a very experienced freshman. Finally it’s her turn to step on the blocks and we’re really happy to have her.”

In the boys race, Hart's Matt Johnson (200 free and 500 free), Cole Cogswell (50 free and 100 free) and Griffin Scott (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) were all double winners for the Indians.

Valencia was highlighted by freshman swimmer Kevin Dai, who doubled in the boys 200 IM with an auto time of 1:55.56 and 100 breaststroke in 1:01.10.

The Vikings also won the 200 freestyle relay with Dai, Tyler Tran, Logan Propst and Jack Kerchner scoring an auto time of 1:29.20.

Boys Varsity
West Ranch 89, Saugus 80
Girls Varsity
Saugus 103, West Ranch 67
It was a solid day on Wednesday afternoon for the Saugus Centurions, despite splitting the boys and girls meet with West Ranch.

Sophomore Abbey Weitzeil was impressive again, doubling in the 100 backstroke in 59.1 seconds and 50 freestyle in 22.3 seconds.

Jonathan Morsch led the boys team with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:46.76) and 100 butterfly (53.37).

“I really think for a lot of the kids, this late in the season, a lot of them had some outstanding races when they’re tired and run down a little,” said Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly. “And it wasn’t just from the normal kids, it was a full team effort. Everybody really stepped it up. everybody wanted the win and everyone was super supportive of each other.”

Despite the final score, the boys meet was seen as a positive by Donnelly.

“I was really pleased, Even though my boys lost, I was so happy with the overall effort that everybody put in,” Donnelly said. “I know they were bummed but they were happy to see they were that close.

From Tuesday

Girls Varsity
Canyon 136, Golden Valley 21
Boys Varsity
Canyon 90, Golden Valley 80

Canyon swept its meet with Golden Valley on Tuesday.

Canyon’s Karina Rodgers doubled, winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

Megan Warr matched that feat, winning the 50 free and 500 free.

It was still a positive day for Golden Valley, though, which set a new school record in the boys 400 free relay.

Joshua Lee, Sam Levy, Sung Yeon and Timothy Lee teamed up to set win the event with a time of 3:36.01.

The boys 200 medley relay also pulled off a win, with Gerardo San Jose, Timothy Lee, Joshua Lee and Levy finishing in 1:49.20.

The Grizzlies also pulled off a win in JV, defeating Canyon 83-71 in girls and falling just short in boys, 77.5-76.5.


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