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  • Boys swim: Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday. "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • County stars help U.S. men qualify for Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Newport Harbor standout Luca Cupido scored three goals and veteran goalie Merrill Moses added 17 saves Monday night in Toronto as the U.S. men's water polo team held off Canada, 9-8, in the
    Tue Jul 14, 2015
  • McLaughlin earns perk with record at Swim Meet of Champions BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO – Katie McLaughlin flashed a sly smile just before the finals of the women’s 50-meter freestyle Saturday night at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions. The 17-year-old was about to experience the spoils of her record-setting performance earlier in the 200 freestyle and wore the look of a youngste
    Sun Jun 28, 2015
  • McLaughlin delivers world-ranked surprise in prelims BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO One trademark of Bill Rose’s hall-of-fame coaching career has been his ability to challenge swimmers in ways that unlock potential. But even the Mission Viejo Nadadores’ master motivator doesn’t always know what surprise awaits. Katie McLaughlin proved that Frid
    Sat Jun 27, 2015
  • Nevada's Houck wins close 1,500 free with strong finish BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO Like a youth eager to impress and full of vigor, Nitro Swimming attacked the first part of the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle Thursday. The up-and-coming club from Austin, Texas, had two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old holding down the top three spots early in the longest race on the opening night of the TYR Fran Crippen
    Thu Jun 25, 2015
  • Swim Meet of Champions boasts its largest field BY DAN ALBANO
    A blend of U.S. national team members, international Olympians and up-and-coming talent is set to lead almost 1,000 swimmers into this weekend’s TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. The four-day meet kicks off Thursday at the Marguerite Recreation Center at 5 p.m. and will boast its largest field, said
    Wed Jun 24, 2015
  • Video: Highlights from the Athlete & Coach of the Year banquet By JONATHAN KHAMIS
    The 2014-15 athletes and coaches of the year were awarded at the Marconi Museum in Tustin. Angels hall of famer Bobby Grich and former Ducks' goalie Guy Hebert were the guest speakers. Video by Jonathan Khamis and Drew A. Kelley,
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Fryer: Look ahead shows Mater Dei on top in two sports BY STEVE FRYER
    The final high school sports column of the 2014-15 high school sports year starts with a look ahead to the 2015-16 high school sports year. The super-early football preseason top 10, super-subject to change between now and when our 2015 football preview is published in August, goes like this … 1. Mater Dei (9-3 in 2014): T
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Hot Shots: 2015 O.C. Register Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards
    Check out a slideshow of the 2015 O.C. Register /OCVarsity Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards held at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Meet O.C.'s top high school athletes for 2014-15
    Click through the slideshow to see the Register's award winners and All-County teams for the 2014-15 season. Here is a list of the Register's award winners, starting with the Athletes of the Year and then a list of
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Northwood's Manderino resigns after two playoff seasons BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood boys water polo coach Jocelyn Manderino, who guided the Timberwolves to the Division 1 playoffs in each of her two seasons in the challenging Pacific Coast League, has resigned for personal r
    Fri Jun 05, 2015
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Dillon McKinley, Brea Olinda BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    DILLON McKINLEY BREA OLINDA SWIMMING GPA: 5.0 McKinley is a three-year varsity swimmer for Brea Olinda. He set personal records this season in the 200 Free (1:58.17) and 500 Free (5:23.47). McKinley, who is this year’s valedictorian, is enrolled in ASB, AP Comparative Politics, AP
    Mon Jun 01, 2015
  • 2015 Register's girls swimmer of the year: Katie McLaughlin, Santa Margarita BY DAN ALBANO
    It was a perfect ending for Katie McLaughlin. The Santa Margarita swimmer known for placing a high-value on team competition blazed the final four laps of the 400-yard freestyle relay earlier this month to seal her fo
    Mon Jun 01, 2015
  • 2015 Register's boys swimmer of the year: Grant Shoults, Santa Margarita BY DAN ALBANO
    Grant Shoults’ rapid progress in the pool reached a stage this spring that caught him pleasantly by surprise. The Santa Margarita junior entered the realm of record-setter. Shoults torpedoed the national private high school record in the 200-yard freestyle and broke the Orange County record in the 500 free to carve a
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • 2015 Register's All-County boys swimming & diving team BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register’s 2015 All-County boys swimming and diving team. 200 MEDLEY RELAY University (Daniel Tran, Sr., Judd Howard, Sr., Andrew Knoell, So., Will Hofstadter, Sr.) 1:30.40; Corona del Mar (Ethan Archer, So., Tyler Lin, Sr., Justin Hanson, Sr., Ashton Jajonie, Sr.) 1:33.56 200 FREESTYLE Gra
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • 2015 Register's boys swim coaches of the year: Damato, Weber, Laguna Beach BY DAN ALBANO
    The task of capturing its first CIF-Southern Section title initially appeared daunting to Laguna Beach’s boys swimming team this spring. The Breakers migrated to the deeper and more competitive waters of Division 2 after three consecutive strong but somewhat heart-breaking seasons in Division 3. They were Division 3 runner-ups in 2
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Spring notes: CIF sees 'bigger' future for new state meet
    California’s inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships didn’t attract the majority of the top Orange County swimmers, but the state organization remains excited about the future of the meet even with a new obstacle on the horizon. “This is only going to grow and become bigger and bigger,” Roger Blak
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • Boys aquatics AOW: Colten Young, Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    COLTEN YOUNG CREAN LUTHERAN The sophomore diver won the inaugural state title with an 11-dive score of 581.45 points on the 1-meter springboard. He scored two 10s on an inward 1½ somersault.
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • JSerra beats out Crean Lutheran for first state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - They burst onto Orange County’s swimming scene as freshmen, instantly helping turn a school into a powerhouse. They stayed champions the next season, but after a high-profile transfer in their ranks, they persevered to stay contenders without as much of the spotlight. And so went the story of JSerra’s girls until the
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • State swim/dive: Finals top-8 results (JSerra girls claim first California title) BY DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships At Clovis West Finals Final team standings – 1. Northgate 192; 2. San Ramon Valley 133; 3. Oak Ridge 123;
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • State title comes with a twist for Crean's Young BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Colten Young’s favorite dives are twisters. So with a chance Saturday to seal a convincing victory at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships with a twister, he was in perfect position. The Crean Lutheran sophomore hurtled toward the end of the 1-meter springboard in the 11th and final round, leape
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • CIF state/dive: Prelim results, girls diving results BY DAN ALBANO
    PHOTOS: Trojan club teammates Michelle Lee of Fairmont Prep, Olivia Rosendahl of Immaculate Heart and Carly S
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • O.C. swimmers positioned for impact at state finals BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Orange County’s small but determined fleet of swimmers had its reasons Friday for arriving at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships. JSerra’s Kaitlyn Albertoli came for a chance to race after a health scare last week. Teammate Karli Thuen wanted another attempt at improving her times
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Fairmont Prep's Lee finishes eighth in state BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Die-hard aquatics fans know Michelle Lee for mentoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a celebrity diving show a few years ago. “It was really fun and I’m happy I got to do that,” Lee said of her time on the short-lived series “Splash”. Lee stays in touch with the basketball legend thro
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Notes: Crean Lutheran, JSerra girls contenders for state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO Crean Lutheran and JSerra’s girls are both expected to contend for team titles at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin in earnest Friday afternoon with swimming prelims at Clovis West. Both Orange County powers are at full-strength for the two-day meet. JSerra’s roster has been bolster
    Fri May 22, 2015