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  • 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
  • Swim: O.C. foursome set for Junior Pan Pacific Championships BY DAN ALBANO
    Two-time Register swimmer of year Corey Okubo, Crean Lutheran senior and former Register swimmer of the year Ella Eastin, Capistrano Valley senior Nick Norman and Santa Margari
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star not headed to Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan in Connecticut,
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita senior swimmer and reigning Register female athlete of the year Katie McLaughlin claimed a major international medal Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Austra
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • El Toro hires Johnson as boys, girls water polo coach BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro has hired former national team player Justin Johnson (Mission Viejo) as its boys and girls water polo coach, athletic director Jimmy Martin announced Friday. Johnson played at UCLA a
    Sat Aug 16, 2014
  • Lochte holds off rival Phelps in 200 IM duel BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE After the tempest waters settled, Michael Phelps swam four lanes to his left to Ryan Lochte in Lane 2 and offered a friendly congratulations along with a sneak peek for the road to the Rio Olympics. USA Swimming’s biggest rivals were united again Sunday night, happily pushing each other in a he
    Mon Aug 11, 2014
  • Shields' magic touch beats idol Phelps BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE As Michael Phelps and Tom Shields reached in near unison for the finishing wall Friday night, it appeared as if the Olympic great would edge the rising star from Huntington Beach. But Shields’ arms found some magic under water to flip the script by the narrowest of margin. The former Edison and
    Sat Aug 09, 2014
  • Ledecky's legend grows at Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Katie Ledecky stood mostly still with a focused glare toward the pool while one lane away, Missy Franklin, danced as the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” blared before the women’s 200-meter freestyle final. America’s two best female swimmers could not have looked more differ
    Thu Aug 07, 2014
  • Swim: SoCal high school report from Day 1 of senior nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Positioned in Lane 1 for the final heat of prelims, Saugus senior-to-be Abbey Weitzeil of Santa Clarita-Canyons Aquatic Club blazed to a lifetime-best 54.41 seconds to qualify sixth
    Wed Aug 06, 2014
  • Phelps' comeback among storylines for Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    Swimming’s typical, mid-Olympic cycle doldrums will be wiped away this week as the greatest swimmer and several gold medalists descend on Orange County. Yes, the Phelps Factor will be in play Wednesday with the kickoff of the Phillips 66 National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Cent
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Swim: McLaughlin among the contenders for Day 1 of Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    What to watch Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships Where: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center Events: 200-meter butterfly, 100 free, women’s
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Swim: Day 4 results from Junior Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMINGSpeedo Junior National ChampionshipsAt William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, IrvineFinalsMEN 200-meter free – 1. Haas (Nova-Va) 1:48.75; 2. Rooney (Pleasant
    Sat Aug 02, 2014
  • Swim: SoCal trio cracks top-8 in women's 100 fly at Juniors BY DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMING Speedo Junior National Championships At William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine Finals MEN    400-met
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Schmidt keeps smiling, winning at Jr. Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Sierra Schmidt skipped to her starting block Friday night, bobbing her head to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” playing in her headphones. The 16-year-old swimmer from the North Baltimore club seemed to keep dancing and smiling right to the start of her 400-meter freestyle final at the Speedo Junior Na
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Swim recruiting: Northwood's Monjay commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood senior-to-be and SOCAL club swimmer Billy Monjay has committed to USC, his father, Dick, reports. Monjay
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Aquazot creating waves at Jr. Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – It was easy to spot the Aquazot swimmers Thursday night as they navigated the pool deck at the Speedo Junior National Championships. Decked out in bright, blue “Junior National Team” T-shirts, the Irvine-based club drew upon its Orange County-high 23 individual qualifiers for the meet to line the sides of the p
    Thu Jul 31, 2014
  • Swim: Day 2 results from Speedo Junior Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMING Speedo Junior National Championships At Irvine Finals MEN    200-meter back – 1. Conaton (Badger) 1:59.67; 2. Mulc
    Thu Jul 31, 2014
  • Okubo gets first Junior swimming title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Corey Okubo received an extra boost from his cheering section before the men’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Speedo Junior National Championships on Wednesday night. The Aquazot swimmer ended up needing every bit of the encouragement from his teammates.
    Thu Jul 31, 2014
  • Swim results: Day 1 of Junior Nationals By DAN ALBANO
    Speedo Junior National ChampionshipsAt Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine FINALS MEN200-meter butterfly – 1. Okubo (Aquazot) 1:58.30;
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Okubo set for butterfly battle at U.S. Junior Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    Corey Okubo’s schedule might be light, but the Aquazot swimmer could still make a sizable impact this week at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine. The Register’s two-time male swimmer of the year is on that kind of a roll. The recent University High graduate will be in the spotlight Wednesday as he race
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's Blancs share national honor By STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita co-coaches and brothers Rich and Ron Blanc were named national girls swimming coaches of the year by the National High School Coaches Association. The Eagles' girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Trinity League championship this past school year, and were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions. Mater De
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Newport Harbor jolted by club departure of Lynn By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH One by one, Newport Harbor’s boys water polo players emerged on the pool deck Friday afternoon with a display of solidarity and disapproval regarding a coaching change that caught them off guard just hours earlier. The players walked toward their locker room at Newport Harbor with their team T-shirts turned inside out
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star seeks to enroll at Mater Dei By DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan High in Connecticut -- one of the hottest rising talents in the sport -- said Tuesday at the
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • O.C. stars help Team USA sweep gold at Jr. Pan Am's By DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE Huntington Beach senior-to-be goalie Alex Wolf made 11 saves and Dana Hills junior-to-be attacker Bennett Williams added a goal and three assists as the U.S. men's water polo team rallied from a three-goal deficit to edge Brazil, 10-9, in the gold-medal match of the Junior Pan American Championships at Riverside City Coll
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • Okubo, Eastin rack up titles, memories as Crippen meet ends By DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO There was three individual titles and two high-point awards, complete with accompanying iPads. But those weren’t the rewards that meant the most to Orange County’s standouts Sunday as the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions drew to a close. The sharing of relationships meant more. And relationships,
    Sun Jun 29, 2014