RIVERSIDE – The CIF-SS Division 1 swim championships seem to rage faster every season.
"You can't breathe in this," Corona del Mar girls coach Doug Volding said after Saturday night's edition at Riverside City College. "There are so many great teams and swimmers in Division 1."
But despite another sizzling finals, wh
RIVERSIDE – The Troy aquatics program has put together a year to remember.
The Warriors captured the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo title earlier this year.
On Saturday, Troy again reached the summit, edging Ayala of Chino Hills, 207-201, to take the girls team competition of the CIF-SS Division 2 swim championships at
LEADING O.C. BOYS SWIM TIMES, RECORDS, RANKINGS
(updated May 11, after Div. 2 finals)
BOYS SWIMMING 200 medley relay (O.C. record 1:32.88) – CdM 1:33.06 #2 all-time
200 free (O.C. record 1:33.83) – Kao (Ken) 1:36.76 #4 all-time
RIVERSIDE – They're all over the Orange County record book, and working their way into the nation record book. And now their school is part of the CIF-Southern Section's list of team champions.
Crean Lutheran's duo of Lindsey Engel and Ella Eastin continued to rewrite county history Thursday night -- while Eastin also
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LA HABRA – The storylines for next week's CIF-Southern Section swimming and diving championships began to emerge Saturday with the release of the swimming entries.
If Orange County's record-setting league finals performance was an indication, local aquatics fans will have plenty of action to follow as the stage moves to Riverside.
Corey Okubo arrived at the Pacific Coast League swim finals with lofty goals. But the University junior still didn't expect to surpass those times the way he did Friday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
Okubo smashed one of Orange County's legendary swim records, out-dueled friendly rival Michael Chang of Northwood and helped
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TOP O.C. SWIM TIMES
(through April 29)
200 medley relay (Div. 1 auto 1:39.50/O.C. record 1:32.88) – CdM 1:34.89; Nor 1:35.19; Uni 1:36.70; CV 1:36.85; Edi 1:38.52; Tes 1:38.03; SM 1:39.34; 200 free (1:44.30/O.C. record 1:33.83) – Garka
They strolled together like the other high school girls at the Foothill Swim Games last week. They moved across the pool deck at a care-free pace, chatted and edged closer to the water to cheer for a teammate.
It's once Lindsey Engel and Ella Eastin dive into the pool to race that they stand out.
Engel and Eastin gi
Corona del Mar's girls 400-yard freestyle relay drew a cheering section of swimmers behind the starting blocks Thursday as it sped to victory at Newport Harbor.
But with the anchor swimmers in the pool and Corona del Mar comfortably in the lead, the cheering section moved over two lanes to support the Sea Kings' B relay in a duel for sec
University's boys swim team claimed one title Wednesday, and more could be on the way.
The top-ranked Trojans cemented themselves as Orange County's dual-meet champions by handling host No. 4 Northwood, 109-61, in the final Pacific Coast League dual for both teams.
University finished 5-0 in league and 7-0 overall.
TOP O.C. SWIM TIMES
(through April 23)
BOYS SWIMMING 200 medley relay (Div. 1 auto 1:39.50/O.C. record 1:32.88) – CdM 1:34.89; Nor 1:35.19; Uni 1:36.70; CV 1:36.85; Edi 1:38.52; Tes 1:38.03; SM 1:39.34; 200 free (1:44.30/O.C. record 1:33.83) –
Crean Lutheran swimmer Ella Eastin shared her happy news Saturday via a text message with Olympic gold medalist Kaitlin Sandeno.
Eastin, who has been mentored by the former El Toro swimmer, shared that she broke Sandeno’s 2000 meet record in the 100-yard butterfly at the Foothill Swim Ga
SANTA ANA – Several of Southern California's top swimming talents proved they were worthy of the hype Saturday in the finals of the 41st annual Foothill Swim Games at Foothill High.
Santa Margarita's boys and girls were crowned champions, after both held on to late leads.
Michael Chang received a pleasant surprise at the Foothill Swim Games on Friday. And after his scary thoughts earlier this week, it appeared to be welcomed relief.
The Northwood senior surprised himself by posting a season-best time in the 200-yard individual medley en route to claiming two top-seeds during the boys prelims.
SANTA ANA – The "crazy week" for Crean Lutheran's girls swim team continued Thursday but Lindsey Engel and Ella Eastin still found the energy to post some fast times.
The Saints' dynamic duo combined for four top-seeds to highlight the girls prelims session at the 41st Foothill Swim Games.
Yorba Linda's boys 400-yard freestyle relay team gave Chase Verstuyft the commanding lead it hoped to going into his anchor leg Tuesday at Kennedy.
The Mustangs handed Verstuyft about a six-second advantage and then asked him to navigate the most treacherous waters of the Empire League swim meet: race Kennedy CIF champion Ryan
TOP O.C. SWIM TIMES
(through April 14)
200 medley relay (Div. 1 auto 1:39.50/O.C. record 1:32.88) – CdM 1:34.89; Nor 1:35.19; Uni 1:36.70; CV 1:36.85; Edi 1:38.52; Tes 1:38.03; SM 1:39.34;
200 free (1:44.30/O.C. record 1:33.83) – Garkani (CdM) 1:40.88; D
MISSION VIEJO - Katie McLaughlin's face beamed as one teammate after another passed by. She looked at each one and offered a short greeting and an infectious laugh.
The Mission Viejo Nadadores club was about to start another grueling swim workout but the JSerra sophomore enjoyed being in the moment, no matter how brief.
LOS ALAMITOS Edison’s Thomas Smith congratulated Los Alamitos’ Bradley Toland after the 400-yard freestyle relay on Thursday and offered his take on the teams’ stroke-for-stroke finish in front of a screaming crowd.
“That’s what it’s all about,” he told Tolan
Capistrano Valley's girls swim team isn't as high-profile as the boys team at the South Coast League school. But if aquatics fans watch them closely, they'll likely be impressed.
Coach Pat Higginson's ninth-ranked Cougars feature a spirited and competitive leader in junior Brooke Lorentzen.
They're the two-ti
Santa Margarita's girls swim team turned a disqualification during the prelims of the Millikan Southern Section Relays into a positive for Saturday night's finals.
The Eagles arrived at Capistrano Valley upbeat, turned up the music in their tent and started racing up the standings.
LONG BEACH – They've lost key swimmers. They've lost a key coach. But Edison's boys and girls swim teams haven't lost their resolve to compete.
The Chargers' boys and girls proved that Friday night at the 54th Klaus Barth Rock 'n Roll Invite, which moved from Belmont Plaza to Long Beach City College.
Edison's boys stormed t
R. SANTA MARGARITA – Santa Margarita co-coach Ron Blanc spent about one year preparing the Eagles lineup for their boys swim meet against Mater Dei on Wednesday.
After all that preparation, Santa Margarita knew an average performance wouldn't be good enough for a victory.
"Our coach calculated that if we all swam on