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  • Water polo: O.C. stars help U.S. women strike FINA gold BY DAN ALBANO
    Olympian Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Laguna Beach senior Makenzie Fischer each scored three goals in regulation and once in shootouts to help the U.S. women's water polo t
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Cunningham paces SVC's triumph in Freelance Invitational BY DAN ALBANO
    Junior Casey Cunningham won two events Saturday to help the Saddleback Valley Christian girls swimming team capture the inaugural Freelance Invitational at Capistrano Valley. Cunningham touched first in the 200 (1 minute, 58.07 seconds) and 500-yard (5:09.23) freestyles. Both times were well under the CIF Division 3 automatic qual
    Sat May 02, 2015
  • Drama builds around each league swim final BY DAN ALBANO
    League finals in swimming and diving arrive next week. Here is a league-by-league preview of the swimming races: • Academy: Crean Lutheran’s defending champion girls could start to build momentum for a CIF-SS Division 2 title push. One newcomer to watch is Saints diminutive freshman sprinter Elise Garcia
    Fri May 01, 2015
  • Swim: Thursday's leaderboard led by Santa Margarita-JSerra girls BY DAN ALBANO
     BOYS SWIMMING Academy League SAGE HILL 106, CREAN LUTHERAN 42 WHITNEY 94, CREAN LUTHERAN 60 Trinity League SANTA MARGARITA 128, JSERRA 38 MATER DEI 115, SERVITE 55 Nonleague CORONA DEL MAR 109, NEWPORT HARBOR 61    200-yard medley re
    Fri May 01, 2015
  • Santa Margarita girls win fast, close showdown BY DAN ALBANO
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - There were six reigning CIF-SS individual or relay titlists speeding through the pool. There was a defending Division 1 team champion and last season’s runner-up. There were races settled by narrow touches and one of the fastest 200-yard individual medley events in Orange County history. Yes, Thursd
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • Girls swim: Wang edges McLaughlin in historic 200 IM BY DAN ALBANO
    For the first time in Orange County swimming history, two girls raced under 2 minutes in the 200-yard individual medley in the same race. It happened moments ago Thursday as JSerra's Sonia Wang
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • Swim recruiting: San Clemente's Swart signs BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior swimmer Josh Swart has signed with Kentucky, Tritons athletic director Jon Hamro reports. Swart clocked a 1:39.85 in the 200-yard free at the CIF Division 1 meet last season and also finished seventh in the 100 back (50.04). Earlier this week, he swam the butterfly on the Tritons' school-record a
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • Swim: Wednesday's leaderboard BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar's Tyler Lin, pictured left in a photo by Martin Klein of CdM, leads the leaderboard for Wednesday: BOYS SWIMMING Crestview League FOOTHILL 104, ES
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's swim (4-29-15)
    Check out a slide show of photos from the Garden Grove vs. Rancho Alamitos, Sonora vs. La Habra and Godinez vs. Laguna Beach swim meets held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • No. 2 CdM boys sprint past No. 3 Northwood BY DAN ALBANO
    The stage seemed set for a dramatic finish Wednesday when Northwood boys swimming coach Alex Nieto asked Corona del Mar coach Barry O’Dea, “Are you ready for an exciting meet?” Oh, were the Sea Kings ready. Second-ranked Corona del Mar sprinted past the No. 3 Timberwolves in the second half of the
    Wed Apr 29, 2015
  • Swim: San Clemente boys blaze two school records BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente's boys swim team raced to a pair of school records Tuesday in a 93-77 victory against Tesoro. The Tritons' 200-yard medley relay of Weston Rowan, Brad Prolo,
    Wed Apr 29, 2015
  • Hot Shots swim: Fullerton vs. Buena Park
    Check out a slideshow from the Fullerton at Buena Park swim meet held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
    Wed Apr 29, 2015
  • Swim: Tuesday's leaderboard BY DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos' boys swim team, featuring from left Paul Carey, George McHenry, Adam Lott,  Lucas Saliba, Derek Fordham and Jack Hamamoto upset Edison to
    Tue Apr 28, 2015
  • Edison girls, Los Al boys finish strong in Sunset BY DAN ALBANO
    LOS ALAMITOS - Edison’s fourth-ranked girls swimming team raced efficiently to its destination Tuesday, creating few waves in its Sunset League title defense. Los Alamitos’ unranked boys stirred up the league waters but also reached their desired finish. The final day of the Sunset dual-meet season offered varying sty
    Tue Apr 28, 2015
  • Spring notes: Top contenders prepare for postsesason
    Orange County’s two leading Division 1 contenders used the Foothill Swim Games this past Saturday to strengthen their fleets for the CIF-SS prelims. Santa Margarita’s girls and University’s boys, both looking to defend their swimming and diving titles, picked up new automatic qualifiers for the Division 1 prelims May 14
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Girls swim O.C. Top 10 (4-27-15)
    1. Santa Margarita 2. Tesoro 3. Crean Lutheran 4. Edison 5. Foothill 6. Corona del Mar 7. Woodbridge 8. Irvine 9. Mater Dei 10. Los Alamitos
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Girls swim AOW: Emily Eastin, Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Emily Eastin Crean Lutheran The junior moved to fourth in county history by winning the backstroke in a meet-record 53.79 at the Foothill Swim Games and also raced on two meet-record relays and finished second in the butterfly (54.90). Contact the writer:
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Swim: Top finishers, team scores from Foothill Swim Games BY DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Santa Margarita Diving Invitational 11-dive    1. Young (CL) 576.10; 2. Greenberg (DH) 537.90; 3. Labella (DH) 522.20; 4. Dixon (SC) 499.35;
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • 12 meet records set at Foothill Swim Games By DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA – The outside temperatures at the Foothill Swim Games hovered on the cool side Saturday. The readings on the timing board showed that the water actually was sizzling. “That was smoke,” Crean Lutheran coach Craig Brown jubilantly declared after the girls 200-yard medley relay.
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • Girls swim: McLaughlin, Mykkanen blaze meet records at Foothill Swim Games BY DAN ALBANO
    GIRLS SWIMMING Foothill Swim Games Prelims Top-8 qualify for Saturday’s 10 a.m. final    200-yard medley relay (2:01.00) – SM 1:
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Newport Harbor coach Peirsol is hitting right marks BY DAN ALBANO
    Edison swimmer Thomas Smith quickly changed course before his impromptu question for Aaron Peirsol meandered. The senior caught himself discussing backstroke technique with arguably the greatest backstroker of all-time when he realized he actually wanted tips on transitioning to college. Newport Harbor’s boys
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Girls swim: Showdowns await at Foothill Swim Games BY DAN ALBANO
    The girls navigate their prelims today at the Foothill Swim Games at 3 p.m., setting the stage for Saturday's 10 a.m. finals. Here are some of the matchups to watch: In the 200-yard free, Santa Margar
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Swim: Thursday's leaderboard, boys prelims from Foothill Swim Games BY DAN ALBANO
    Woodbridge's Daniela Georges, pictured, leads Thursday's leaderboard: BOYS SWIMMING Pacific Coast League WOODBRIDGE 92, IRVINE 78
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Woodbridge girls keep PCL title hopes alive BY DAN ALBANO
    Roster depth is a desired attribute for dual-meet swimming, but consistent first-place touches are more valuable. Woodbridge’s girls team made that clear Thursday. The 10th-ranked Warriors captured all three relays and seven of the eight individual events to collect a critical victory, 90-80, against No. 7 Irvine in a Pacific Coast
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Foothill Swim Games prelims program BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill High School HY-TEK's MEET MANAGER 4.0 - 4/22/2015 Page 1 43rd ANNUAL FOOTHILLSWIM GAMES FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL 04/23-25/2015 Session Report Session: 1 Thursday Prelims-April 23, 2015 Day of Meet: 1 Starts at 03:15 PM Heat Interval: 35 Seconds / Back +15 Seconds Round Event Entries Heats Starts at
    Thu Apr 23, 2015