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  • Swim: Santa Margarita's Grant Shoults sizzling at Junior Worlds in Singapore BY DAN ALBANO
    Swimmer Grant Shoults of Santa Margarita and the Mission Viejo Nadadores is on fire at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore. The reigning Register swimmer of the year l
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Swim: Mater Dei standout Kampfer transfers to CIF champion Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei standout freestyler Brittany Kampfer has enrolled at three-time defending CIF champion Crean Lutheran, Saints girls swim coach Craig Brown said Wednesday. Kampfer, a
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer, Santa Margarita's Shoults win world junior titles BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Aria Fischer and Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults are finishing the summer aquatics season as junior world champions. Fischer, a juni
    Tue Aug 25, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: U.S. attacker Maddie Musselman commits to UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. women's water polo attacker Maddie Musselman, an All-County performer from Corona del Mar who recently helped the Americans capture the FINA World Championships in Russia, has committed to UCLA, she confirmed Wednesday. "Happy to be committed to UCLA" the class of 2016 recruit posted on Twitter. Mus
    Wed Aug 12, 2015
  • Swim: Splash wins 50th Orange County Swim Conference summer champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Estancia-based Splash Aquatics captured the 50th Orange County Swim Conference summer championships on Tuesday night, edging Swim Team of Placentia by three points at Newport Harbor. Splash outs
    Wed Aug 12, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: Dana Hills' Bennett Williams commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Dana Hills water polo standout Bennett Williams has committed to Stanford, Dolphins boys coach Matt Rosa reports. Williams, a second-team All-County selection last fall as a junior, join
    Mon Aug 10, 2015
  • O.C. players help U.S. water polo capture more gold BY DAN ALBANO
    The U.S. women’s water polo team’s global reign reached an historic level Friday with plenty of assistance from Orange County. Tournament MVP Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) scored twice and fellow attackers Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Maddie Musselman (Corona del Mar) each added a goal as Team USA defea
    Sat Aug 08, 2015
  • Katie McLaughlin helps U.S. win relay gold at World Championships BY DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin had a major assignment Thursday at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and she came through golden. The Santa Margarita graduate and Mission Viejo Nadadores club swimmer was selected to race on the U.S. women’s 800-meter freestyle relay for the final, giving her two events to navigate in the day’s
    Thu Aug 06, 2015
  • Swim: McLaughlin helps USA strike relay gold at World Champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin landed a major assignment Thursday at the FINA World Championships and came through golden in Kazan, Russia. The Santa Margarita graduate and Mission Viejo Nadadores swimmer wa
    Thu Aug 06, 2015
  • Swim: SOCAL's Ella Eastin claims another title at Juniors BY DAN ALBANO
    Ella Eastin is staying hot in San Antonio. The former Crean Lutheran swimmer and Stanford signee added the 400-meter individual medley to her title haul Friday at the Speedo Junior Natio
    Sat Aug 01, 2015
  • Swim: Ella Eastin captures 200 fly at Speedo Juniors BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Crean Lutheran standout swimmer Ella Eastin captured the 200-meter butterfly for her SOCAL club on the first day of the Speed
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • 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