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  • Swim recruiting: Laguna Beach's Juliusson commits to Purdue BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach senior swimmer Erik Juliusson of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Purdue, Novaquatics coach Adam Crossen reports via Twitter. Juliusson captured CIF Division 3 titles
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Beckman's Daurio commits to Harvard BY DAN ALBANO
    Beckman senior water polo player Nikki Daurio, pictured right, has committed to Harvard, Patriots girls coach Sam Bailey reports. Daurio racked up 103 goals, 46 assists and 1
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Fall notebook: Segerstrom ready to be tested
    Segerstrom’s boys water polo team picked up a key league victory last week, but the Jaguars aren’t interested in relaxing. The reigning CIF Division 7 champion has entered this week’s Canyon/Valencia tournament, which runs Friday and Saturday. The tournament includes JSerra, Division Ayala and Empire League contender Va
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Swim: Edison's Smith commits to LSU (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    Inspiring Edison All-County swimmer Thomas Smith of the Aquazot club has committed to LSU, the senior said Friday. Since his freshman year at Edison, Smith has shared his journ
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Swim: Servite's Marcin commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite swimmer Stephen Marcin of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Penn, the swim club announced on Twitter. Marcin finished second in the 500-yard free last season at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with a time of 4 minutes, 24.30 seconds. He also took fourth in the 200 free with a swift time of 1 minute, 38.16 seconds.
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Swim: Foothill's Kendall commits to Cornell BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill swimmer Spencer Kendall of the SoCal club has committed to Cornell, SoCal coach Stephen Pickell reports. Kendall finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle at last season's CIF Division 1 finals with a 1:40.23. He dipped under 1:40 in prelims with a swift 1:39.95. He also placed 18th in the 500 free with a
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Swim: Woodbridge's Georges commits to Arizona BY DAN ALBANO
    Woodbridge All-County swimmer Daniela Georges of Aquazot has committed to Arizona, the club announced on Twitter on Monday. Georges captured the 500-yard freestyle at CIF Division 1 finals last
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Swim: Corona del Mar's Popp commits to Harvard BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar standout swimmer Meagan Popp of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Harvard, her club coach, Ken LaMont, said on Twitter on Wednesday. "Committed to Harvard!!!" the senior wrote on her Instagram page. "I couldn't be more excited." Popp captured the 500-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke at the Paci
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Swim: JSerra's Albertoli picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra All-County swimmer Kaitlyn Albertoli has committed to Stanford, the senior said Wednesday morning. "I am so thrilled to join this incredible group of girls and awesome c
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Crean Lutheran's Ella Eastin commits to Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Register swimmer of the year and small-school athlete of the year Ella Eastin of Crean Lutheran and the SOCAL club has committed to Stanford, the senior said Wednesday night.
    Wed Sep 10, 2014
  • Swim: Capo Valley's Norman commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley All-County distance swimmer Nick Norman has committed to reigning NCAA champion Cal, Cougars boys swim coach Steve Yancey said Wednesday. Norman captured the CIF D
    Wed Sep 10, 2014
  • Swim: Edison's Smith has recruiting trip of a 'lifetime' at Ohio State BY DAN ALBANO
    Edison and Aquazot All-County swimmer Thomas Smith -- who races on despite a benign tumor in his left knee -- made a recruiting trip to Ohio State over the weekend and
    Tue Sep 09, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's McLaughlin commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo Nadadores standout Katie McLaughlin, the Register's reigning female swimmer of the year and female athlete of the year, has committed to Cal, she announced on Twitter on Sunday night. "Committed to Cal!!" M
    Sun Sep 07, 2014
  • Swim: Ella Eastin, Okubo capture medals in Hawaii BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Register swimmers of the year Corey Okubo and Ella Eastin have captured medals the past two days at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii. University graduate Okubo claimed the bronze in the 200-meter butterfly (1:59.23) while Crean Lutheran senior-to-be Eastin won the gold in the 400 individual medley
    Fri Aug 29, 2014
  • Swim: O.C. foursome set for Junior Pan Pacific Championships BY DAN ALBANO
    Two-time Register swimmer of year Corey Okubo, Crean Lutheran senior and former Register swimmer of the year Ella Eastin, Capistrano Valley senior Nick Norman and Santa Margari
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star not headed to Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan in Connecticut,
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita senior swimmer and reigning Register female athlete of the year Katie McLaughlin claimed a major international medal Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Austra
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • Newport Harbor names Palazzo, Melstrom head coaches BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic men’s assistant coach Marco Palazzo was introduced Monday night as Newport Harbor’s interim boys water polo coach while the school’s assistant girls water polo coach, Brian Melstrom, was named the su
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • El Toro hires Johnson as boys, girls water polo coach BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro has hired former national team player Justin Johnson (Mission Viejo) as its boys and girls water polo coach, athletic director Jimmy Martin announced Friday. Johnson played at UCLA a
    Sat Aug 16, 2014
  • Lochte holds off rival Phelps in 200 IM duel BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE After the tempest waters settled, Michael Phelps swam four lanes to his left to Ryan Lochte in Lane 2 and offered a friendly congratulations along with a sneak peek for the road to the Rio Olympics. USA Swimming’s biggest rivals were united again Sunday night, happily pushing each other in a he
    Mon Aug 11, 2014
  • Shields' magic touch beats idol Phelps BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE As Michael Phelps and Tom Shields reached in near unison for the finishing wall Friday night, it appeared as if the Olympic great would edge the rising star from Huntington Beach. But Shields’ arms found some magic under water to flip the script by the narrowest of margin. The former Edison and
    Sat Aug 09, 2014
  • Ledecky's legend grows at Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Katie Ledecky stood mostly still with a focused glare toward the pool while one lane away, Missy Franklin, danced as the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” blared before the women’s 200-meter freestyle final. America’s two best female swimmers could not have looked more differ
    Thu Aug 07, 2014
  • Swim: SoCal high school report from Day 1 of senior nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Positioned in Lane 1 for the final heat of prelims, Saugus senior-to-be Abbey Weitzeil of Santa Clarita-Canyons Aquatic Club blazed to a lifetime-best 54.41 seconds to qualify sixth
    Wed Aug 06, 2014
  • Phelps' comeback among storylines for Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    Swimming’s typical, mid-Olympic cycle doldrums will be wiped away this week as the greatest swimmer and several gold medalists descend on Orange County. Yes, the Phelps Factor will be in play Wednesday with the kickoff of the Phillips 66 National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Cent
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Swim: McLaughlin among the contenders for Day 1 of Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    What to watch Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships Where: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center Events: 200-meter butterfly, 100 free, women’s
    Tue Aug 05, 2014