Hart swim defeats West Ranch in final league dual meet

Hart's Jonathan Quick wins the 100-yard butterfly against Valencia on March 28. Dan Watson/The Signal

The Hart swim team defeated West Ranch on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, with both the varsity boys and varsity girls earning wins.

The Indians’ girls team won handily, defeating the Wildcats 123-53, while the boys narrowly won with a final score of 90-86.

Hart’s girls varsity team earned its first eight points in the girls 200-yard medley relay, as the team of Maxine Catig, Taylor Toledo, Genesis Lewis and Megan Soto finished in first with a time of one minute and 50.77 seconds.

Sophomore Ellie Horst continued the trend in the girls 200-yard freestyle for Hart, taking the top place with a time of 1:59.71.

Catig made it three straight wins for the varsity girls, earning the top spot in the girls 200-yard individual medley at 2:15.59, edging teammate Hannah Siegel (2:19.17) by nearly four seconds.

West Ranch got its first win in the girls 50-yard freestyle, as junior Reagan Nibarger (24.24) defeated Soto (24.69).

Toledo won the girls 100-yard butterfly (1:00.05), with Lewis finishing right behind her (1:00.19).

Nibarger took home her second win in the girls 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.78, followed by the second individual win for Horst, who finished with a time of 5:19.71 in the girls 500-yard freestyle.

Hart won the second relay event of the afternoon, with the team of Soto, Lewis, Toledo and Alyssa Hamilton finishing with a time of 1:42.31 in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay.

Catig notched her second individual win of the afternoon in the girls 100-yard backstroke, finishing at 59.70. Toledo took home the victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke at 1:11.62.

Hart also won the last relay event, with Hamilton, Catig, Horst and Hope Hill finishing with a time of 3:42.88 in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay.

West Ranch’s Amanda Tisdale won the girls one-meter diving event with a score of 209.75.

The results were much closer on the boys side.

Hart won the first event, the varsity boys 200-yard medley relay, as Ryan Sevidal, Kyle Brill, Jonathan Quick and Dawson Waage (1:36.56) narrowly defeated the West Ranch team of Ted Hwang, Cade Brower, Charlie Morici and Michael Andrizzi (1:37.53).

Sophomore Jacob Gragas won the boys 200-yard freestyle for Hart with a time of 1:44.22. Hwang and Brower finished in the top two spots for West Ranch in the boys 200-yard individual medley with times of 1:56.27 and 1:57.62, respectively.

Waage finished first in the boys 50-yard freestyle at 21.47 and Quick snatched the win in the boys 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.74.

Earning his second individual win, Waage finished the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.13, edging West Ranch’s Rijker Hutson, who finished at 48.31.

Quick took home his second individual victory in the boys 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.53.

West Ranch won the second relay event as Andrizzi, Michael Lee, Brower and Hutson finished with a time of 1:28.30 in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay.

Gragas got another win, taking the top spot in the boys 100-yard backstroke (52.92), beating out his teammate Sevidal (53.66).

Hwang earned his second individual win of the afternoon in the boys 100-yard breaststroke (58.65), finishing a full second ahead of Brill (59.66).

Hart closed out the meet with a win in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, as the team of Gragas, Sevidal, Quick and Waage finished with a time of 3:10.85.

Freshman Braeden Musella won the boys 1-meter diving event for Hart with a score of 89.00.

Up next for both teams is the Foothill League prelims, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

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Dan Lovi

Dan Lovi

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dan has covered sports from the high school level to the professional ranks. He is a graduate of Hofstra University in New York and The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a sports writer for The Signal.