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  • Lavayen's return sparks Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – The return of a standout player and a trademark counterattack powered Mater Dei’s boys water polo team back to familiar waters Wednesday night. Attacker Nick Lavayen returned from about a month absence because of a thumb injury to score four goals off the bench, leading the second-seeded Monarchs past upstart
    Thu Nov 20, 2014
  • Wednesday's CIF water polo previews, predictions BY DAN ALBANO
    Previews, predictions for Wednesday's CIF-SS boys water polo semifinals: Division 1 At William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine Mater Dei-Huntington Beach, 5 p.m.
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • Fall notebook: Big plans for water polo semifinals
    Spectators will be able to attend the CIF-SS boys water polo semifinals in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 at the two-pool Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Wednesday for a single admission price. Adult tickets will be $10 while students with ID will be $5. Also, a live stream of the Division 1 games will be shown by GoLivePolo.com. The stream,
    Mon Nov 17, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Fischer signs with Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register girls water polo player of the year and U.S. national team member Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach signed with Stanford on Wednesday, the senior said. The defending CIF Division 1 champion Breakers also had Taylor Julson and Daniela Lucidi sign with Long Beach State and Brighid Burnes committ
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Fall Signing Day photos (updated)
    Click through the slideshow to see more photos from Orange County Register photographers from Signing Day events throughout Orange County. This slideshow has been updated to include photos from Canyon, Capistrano Valley and Trabuco Hills. It also includes photos from Aliso Niguel, Beckman, JSerra, Laguna Beach, Mater Dei, Mission Viejo a
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Swim: Santa Margarita's McLaughlin makes it official with Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register athlete and swimmer of the year Katie McLaughlin, now a member of the U.S. national team, signed Wednesday with Cal, her mother, Mary, confirmed.  McLaughlin led
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Fall Signing Day: Crean Lutheran's Eastin, Maurer sign BY DAN ALBANO
    Crean Lutheran swimmer Ella Eastin and swimmer/runner Lauren Maurer signed Wednesday with Stanford and USC, respectively, the Academy League school announced. Eastin and M
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Fall Signing Day: O.C. signees
    A list of the Orange County athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent (or submitted a letter of commitment to an Ivy League school or military academy). BASEBALL Bobby Ay, El Toro, Cal Poly SLO Brandon Alamo, Cypress Cal State Fullerton Kolby A
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Signing Day notes: Pflueger finds perfect fit
    Rex Pflueger visited Notre Dame when he was 8 years old. It was just a family, let’s-look-around trip. But it was not Pflueger’s last time there. Pflueger, a senior on the Mater Dei basketball team, signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame on Wednesday, the first day of the one-week fall signing period.
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • League Central '14: 13 O.C. champions crowned BY DAN ALBANO
    Welcome to League Central '14, your landing page for coverage of the final week of the regular season on boys water polo: HONOR ROLL League champions by level Crestview (D2):
    Wed Nov 05, 2014
  • Water polo notes: Chase Hamming sets San Clemente scoring record BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior water polo standout Chase Hamming has crushed the school's all-time scoring record, Tritons coach Marc Parker reports. Hamming has 382 career goals, breaking Jordan Hewko's record of 313. NEW POOL EARMARKED FOR SUNNY HILLS Sunny Hills will break ground on a new 45-meter
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Los Al's Spieker commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitios water polo player Sarah Siepker has committed to Cal, Griffins report. Siepker plays club for Huntington Beach. The three-year starter helped the Griffins claim the Sunset L
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • 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: 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