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PHOTO COURTESY OF MATER DEI SWIM; TEXT BY DAN ALBANO, OCVARSITY.COM
Mater Dei's boys swim team captured the Palm Springs Invitational on Saturday.

Mater Dei captures Palm Springs team title

STAFF WRITER

Mater Dei’s boys swim team returned to its winning ways Saturday at the Palm Springs Invitational.

The second-ranked Monarchs captured the 400-yard freestyle relay and received a pair of victories from Christian Hockenbury en route to capturing a team title.

Mater Dei fell to top-ranked Santa Margarita, 102-68, on Thursday but bounced back to score 433.5 points to outdistance runner-up Redlands at 406.

The Monarchs’ 400 relay of Payton Thomas, Jack Lucero, Clint Hurdle and Hockenbury clocked a winning time of 3 minutes, 14.74 seconds.

Hockenbury also swept the 50 (21.40) and 100 (47.19) freestyles.

Mater Dei’s girls finished third in the team race behind Redlands East Valley and Redlands. The Monarchs’ duo of Stephanie Su (200/500 free) and Aislinn Light (100 free/back) each won twice.

At the Estancia Invitational :

Sophomore Andrew Koustik of Calvary Chapel set meet records in the 200 free (1:44.28) and butterfly (51.32) while Huntington Beach sophomore Natalie Crocker added a meet record in the 100 free (53.99). The duo was selected swimmers of the meet. Estancia's Cobi White also was a doube-winner with the 50 free (22.85) and 100 back (58.57).

Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com


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