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  • Notes: CdM freshman Merrell likes Franklin's style BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar freshman Eva Merrell was born in Colorado, so guessing one of her favorite swimmers isn’t tough. It’s Olympian Missy Franklin, who is from Centennial, Colo. But Merrell doesn’t admire Franklin only because of her Olympic gold medals. It’s because of her interaction with Frankli
    Fri Apr 17, 2015
  • Hot Shots swim: Canyon vs. Brea Olinda
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Canyon vs. Brea Olinda swim meet held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
    Fri Apr 17, 2015
  • University's boys don't let up against CdM BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH University’s meet victory was already secure Wednesday when another challenge surfaced in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Trojans’ top-ranked boys swim team responded the only way it knew. The reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion rallied past No. 2 and host Corona del Mar to win by a narrow touch at the wall an
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Swim: Nadadores tab 7 prep swimmers for U.S. meet, Norman opens strong BY DAN ALBANO
    Here's the Mission Viejo Nadadores' roster for the Arena Pro Swim Series in Arizona, a USA meet that starts tonight: Nick Norman (Capo Valley) Grant Shoults (Santa M
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Tesoro boys pull off rare win over Capo Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro boys swim coach Mike Gibson planned Tuesday to race a post-meet 400-yard individual medley for charity regardless of his teams’ outcome against visiting Capistrano Valley. But after his team’s performance against the reigning South Coast League champion, Gibson approached his grueling event in a better mood.
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news
    The spring period when high school athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent begins Wednesday, and OCVarsity would like your help to make sure we don't miss any signings. Please email us the name of any county athletes who will officially sign Wednesday. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section a
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Salvini commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Mia Salvini, a starter for the undefeated, CIF Division 1 champions this past season, has committed to Cal, Breakers coach Ethan Damato reports. Salvini i
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Spring notes: Edison swim team helps Riley with his grief
    Edison’s swim program is again showing its strength in the face of cancer. Coach Diggy Riley returned to the Edison pool deck Monday, five days after his wife, Sally, 50, died from melanoma cancer. “I need to be here. I want to be here and it feels good to be back on the deck,” he said. Ril
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Boys swim O.C. Top 10 (4-13-15) By DAN ALBANO
    1. University 2. Corona del Mar 3. Northwood 4. Santa Margarita 5. Dana Hills 6. Edison 7. Mater Dei 8. Foothill 9. Tesoro 10T. Newport Harbor 10T. San Clemente
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Boys swim AOW: Marc Morizono, Santa Margarita BY DAN ALBANO
    Marc Morizono Santa Margarita The junior captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.37) and 100free (48.10) to help lead the Eagles to a second-place finish at the CaliforniaCatholic High School Swim Challenge at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton. Contact the writer:
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Eagles girls, Monarchs boys capture titles at Catholic Swim Challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita’s top-ranked girls swim team and Mater Dei’s No. 8 boys captured titles Saturday at the California Catholic High School Swim Challenge at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton. Mater Dei’s boys and girls also combined for two meet records in the sixth edition of the meet. Santa Margarita’s girls we
    Sat Apr 11, 2015
  • Swim: Sally Riley, wife of Edison coach Diggy Riley, passes away BY DAN ALBANO
    Sally Riley, wife of veteran Edison swim and water polo coach Diggy Riley and the inspiration for an outpouring of support at a meet last week, died Wednesday from cancer, Riley said in an e-mai
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • 'B' relay propels Sonora girls past Troy BY DAN ALBANO
    Some of the best-known swimmers in the Freeway League were in the pool Wednesday as the Sonora-Troy girls meet came down to the 400-yard freestyle relay. But those weren’t the ones who received the loudest cheers or the most attention. The fate of the showdown at Troy rested in the arms, legs and hearts of the so-called “B&rd
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Spring notes: 'Tough trip' sounds good to unbeaten Foothill
    The Foothill boys lacrosse team heads into spring break with a 12-0 record. The Knights will not be resting on their laurels this week. Coach John Fox and the Knights head to Boston this week for a trio of games against some of the top teams in the area. Foothill will face Lincoln-Sudbury (Wednesday), Cohasset (Thursday) and Medfi
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • Boys swimming O.C. Top 10 (4-6-15) By DAN ALBANO
    (Dual Meets) 1. University 2. Corona del Mar 3. Northwood 4. Santa Margarita 5. Dana Hills 6. Edison 7. Foothill 8. Mater Dei 9. Tesoro 10T. Newport Harbor 10T. San Clemente
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • Boys swimming AOW: Grant Shoults, Santa Margarita BY DAN ALBANO
    Grant Shoults Santa Margarita High The junior captured the 50 (season-best 21.27) and 100 (46.71)-yard freestyles to lead the Eagles past Mater Dei, 94-76, in the Trinity League. Boys swimming O.C. Top 10 (4-6-15) (Dual meets) 1. University 2. Corona del Mar 3. Northwood 4. Sa
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • Azevedo spurns offer to play for Brazil's water polo team BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The subject of the hottest rumor in U.S. water polo donned his familiar No. 8 cap Saturday at Corona del Mar High, gathered teammates for some final words of encouragement and helped lead the Americans to a much-needed victory. Tony Azevedo remains Team USA’s leading man and isn’t planning on join
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • U.S. team routs China for third at FINA Intercontinental BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The U.S. men’s water polo team showed a mindset Saturday worthy of its upcoming challenge of Olympic qualification. Attacker Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) scored four goals, four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo added three and goalie Drew Holland made nine saves as Team USA defeated China, 19-7, in
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • Swim: Klaus Barth Invitational results BY DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Klaus Barth Invitational At Belmont Plaza outdoor pool Finals    Team standings: 1. Lakewood 97, 2. Cerritos 93.5; 3. Long Beach Wilson 82; 4. LB Millikan 74; 6. Los Alamitos 64.5    200-yard medley relay (1:48.00) – 1. Lake 1:37.84; 2. Cer 1:41.28; 3. LosAl 1:45.74;
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • Los Alamitos girls capture Klaus Barth title BY DAN ALBANO
    LONG BEACH – They’re young, close-knit and, best of all, fast in the pool. Los Alamitos’ girls swim team continued its ride as one of Orange County’s surprises by capturing the team title at the Klaus Barth Invitational at the Belmont Plaza outdoor pool Friday night. The 10th-ranked Griffins, who graduated
    Fri Apr 03, 2015
  • Swim: Wednesday's leaderboard BY DAN ALBANO
    Swim results from Wednesday, April 1 - to update the
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • No. 6 CdM girls pull out victory over Woodbridge BY DAN ALBANO
    In girls swimming Wednesday: In the Pacific Coast League: No. 6 Corona del Mar 88, Woodbridge 82: Freshman Eva Merrell swam a blazing anchor for the winning 400-yard freestyle relay to lift the host Sea Kings (2-0 in league) to the dramatic victory. The score was tied, 78-78, going into the fin
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • Edison's 'Team Sally' sweeps Fountain Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    It was written in black ink on the backs, legs and forearms of Edison’s swimmers as they raced against visiting Fountain Valley on Tuesday. The words “Team Sally” and "#swim4sally" were seemingly everywhere but especially in the hearts of the Edison swimmers. They raced for Edison coach Diggy Riley’s
    Tue Mar 31, 2015
  • Swim notes: Santa Margarita finds its depth BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita’s girls swim team was unsure early in the season about where its new depth would come from after graduating several seniors last year. The Eagles now know. The reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion has been buoyed by five freshmen. “A strong freshman class has really helped us out,” Sa
    Tue Mar 31, 2015
  • Boys swimming AOW: Nick Norman, Capistrano Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Nick Norman Capistrano Valley The Cal-bound senior won the 200- (1:38.68) and 500-yard (4:23.76) freestyles in Orange County-leading and automatic All-America times during a double-dual meet against Division 1 powers Corona del Mar and Loyola of Los Angeles. Contact the writer:
    Mon Mar 30, 2015