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  • Swim: Laguna dominates Orange Coast prelims, Koustik breaks a minute in breast By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Sunset League Diving Finals At Los Alamitos Team champion: Marina 1. Tenhulzen (Mar) 282.50; 2. Yakura (Mar) 265.76; 3. Roche (LosAl) 249.30 Orange Coast League Prelims At Costa Mesa 200 free (1:47.50) -- Karkoska (LB) 1:
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • Boys swimming O.C. top 10 (5-2-16) By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS O.C. TOP 10 1. Santa Margarita 2. Mater Dei 3. University 4. Northwood 5. Corona del Mar 6. Los Alamitos 7. Foothill 8. Edison 9. Dana Hills 10. Orange Lutheran Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregi
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • Boys swimming athlete of the week: Danny Yos, Orange Lutheran By DAN ALBANO
    DANNY YOS ORANGE LUTHERAN The Georgia Tech-bound senior won the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.44), finished second to Grant Shoults in the 100 backstroke (52.77) and raced on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays to help the unranked Lancers tie No. 1 Santa Margarita, 85-85, in a Trinity League meet.
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • League Finals Central '16: Monday, Tuesday schedule By DAN ALBANO
    Welcome to League Finals Central '16, your landing page for coverage of league finals in swimming and diving: SCHEDULE Monday, May 2 Freeway League diving finals
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • Former Garden Grove standout Austen Christian dies in car accident By DAN ALBANO
    Former Garden Grove All-County football player Austen Christian, 19, died early Saturday morning after a car crash near the school, Argonauts football coach Ricardo 
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • Shields turns on the speed at Swim Meet of Champions By DAN ALBANO
     MISSION VIEJO Signs of hope for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials and beyond sprung from the pool Sunday but it was the swift current below the surface generated by Tom Shields that held the most promise. The Cal Aquatic
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • Spring notes: Valencia's Garcia finalist for national wrestling award
    Valencia’s Gabby Garcia, a four-time state champion in girls wrestling, is a finalist for the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award. The award, which was first awarded in 2014, is named after Saunders, who was a four-time World Champion and women’s wrestling pioneer. She was the first woman inducted into
    Mon May 02, 2016
  • McLaughlin 'back' after sizzling 200 free at Swim Meet of Champions By DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO There was no celebratory splash or fist pump from Katie McLaughlin. Even in the best of times, she mostly stays even-keeled. But moments after she finished first Saturday night at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions, the cheers burst from the pool deck and the promising chatter began.
    Sun May 01, 2016
  • Swim leaderboard: Saddleback Valley Christian girls win Freelance Invite By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING 2nd Freelance Invitational At Capo Valley Team results: 1. Maranatha 371; 2. Saddleback Valley Christian 314; 3. Gahr 286; 4. Loyola 243 200-yard medley relay (1:47.00) -- 1. Mara 1:50.62; 200 free (1:47.50) -- 1. Munaretto (Fairmont) 1:45.47
    Sat Apr 30, 2016
  • Special needs swimmers find ideal sport for them By DAN ALBANO
    The bright afternoon sun reflects off the aqua blue water, briefly obscuring the oasis from a distance. The pool at Pacifica High is filled with swimmers neatly divided between floating blue-and-white lane lines. The group navigates one lap after another with little rest, uniformly spaced by a few yards. Somewhere among the group
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • McLaughlin's comeback continues with third-place finish at Meet of Champions By DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO – Katie McLaughlin didn’t claim the top step of the awards podium but smiled and waved to her Cal teammates from the third-place perch. Her mannerisms probably seemed simple Friday night but McLaughlin, 18, didn’t take them for granted. “I’m just happy to be here and racing and home,&rd
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Swim: Orange Lutheran boys tie No. 1 Santa Margarita (Thursday leaderboard) By DAN ALBANO
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Swim: Wednesday's leaderboard By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Crestview League FOOTHILL 117, VILLA PARK 53 Golden West League Ocean View 125, Loara 36 North Hills League BREA OLINDA 116, CANYON 54 Orange Coast League ESTANCIA 115, GODINEZ 53 COSTA MESA 117, SADDLEBACK 42 Pacific Coast League NORTHWOOD 111,
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Foothill triumphs in league showdown with Villa Park By DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Probably no other high school in America could match the collection of former Olympian offspring that was assembled Wednesday at Foothill’s pool. Five children of two medal-winning U.S. Olympic swimmers raced as the host Knights and Villa Park tried to settle the dual-meet lead in the Crestview League. The proud f
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Boys water polo: Huntington Beach's Wojciechowski, Hurst commit to Cal By DAN ALBANO
    All-County water polo player Ethan Wojciechowski of Huntington Beach and fellow junior teammate Ryan Hurst have committed to Cal, Oilers boys coach Sasa Branisavljevic confirmed Wednesday. Wojciechowski was a first-team All-County selection last season and is one
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • McLaughlin's comeback continues this weekend at SMOC By DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin’s comeback from a neck injury will be among the storylines at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions this weekend in Mission Viejo. The Mission Viejo Nadadores and U.S. national team swimmer frac
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Swim: Tuesday's leaderboard By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Empire League KENNEDY 121, TUSTIN 45 Nonleague DANA HILLS 102, SAN JUAN HILLS 68 Sea View League MISSION VIEJO 92.5, EL TORO 77.5 South Coast League TESORO 113, SAN CLEMENTE 57 TRABUCO HILLS 110, CAPO VALLEY 60 Sunset League EDISON 99, NEWPORT H
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Swim notes: Pacific Coast boys race ramped up By DAN ALBANO
    One of the most competitive leagues in Orange County swimming has gotten even tougher. The upcoming Pacific Coast League boys finals, featuring top-five ranked University, Northwood and Corona del Mar, add
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Boys swimming O.C. top 10 (4-25-16) By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS O.C. TOP 10 1. Santa Margarita 2. Mater Dei 3. University 4. Northwood 5. Corona del Mar 6. Los Alamitos 7. Edison 8. Dana Hills 9. Foothill 10T. Aliso Niguel 10T. Tesoro Contact the writer: 
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Boys swimmer of the week: Christian Hockenbury, Mater Dei By DAN ALBANO
    CHRISTIAN HOCKENBURY MATER DEI The junior captured the 50- (20.94) and 100-yard (45.85) freestyles in lifetime-best times and anchored the winning 200 free relay in a personal-best 20.17 to lead the Monarchs to the team title at the Foothill Swim Games. Contact the writer:
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Swim: Santa Margarita's Shoults receives humorous congratulations from Cavic By DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita’s Grant Shoults received a humorous congratulatory message on Twitter after the Foothill Swim Games from a legendary Orange County swimmer. Tustin graduate M
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Santa Margarita's Shoults breaks two meet records at Foothill Swim Games By DAN ALBANO
    Maybe rest is overrated, at least for some. Many of Orange County’s elite swimmers showed again Saturday at the 44th Foothill Swim Games that they don’t need to be fully rested to blaze times in the pool. Behind a pair of eye-popping meet records by Santa Margarita’s Grant Shoults, county swimmers raced t
    Sat Apr 23, 2016
  • Swim: Foothill Swim Games finals results (top-8) By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei's 200-yard free relay, from left, of Payton Thomas, Kirby Slater, Clint Hurdle and Christian Hockenbury won in a meet-record 1:26.50 on Saturday at
    Sat Apr 23, 2016
  • Swim: Updated records watch for Foothill Swim Games finals By DAN ALBANO
    Foothill Swim Games meet records (updated) BOYS200 MR -- 1:34.05 University 2014200 free -- 1:39.21 Shoults 2014200 IM -- 1:48.51, Shoults 201550 free - 19.96 Cavic 2002100 fly - 48.87 Cavic 2002100 free -- 45.71 Hofstadter 2015500 free -- 4:21.13 Shoults 2015200 free relay --
    Sat Apr 23, 2016
  • Swim: Foothill's Mykkanen, Crean's Garcia blaze prelims at Foothill Swim Games By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Nonleague VILLA PARK 114, BUENA PARK 55 GIRLS SWIMMING Nonleague VILLA PARK 135, BUENA PARK 21 Foothill Swim Games Prelims Top-8 a
    Fri Apr 22, 2016