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  • Spring notes: CIF sees 'bigger' future for new state meet
    California’s inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships didn’t attract the majority of the top Orange County swimmers, but the state organization remains excited about the future of the meet even with a new obstacle on the horizon. “This is only going to grow and become bigger and bigger,” Roger Blak
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • Girls swimming AOW: Ella Eastin, Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Ella Eastin Crean Lutheran The senior won the 200 individual medley and breaststroke and led off the Saints’ national private high school-record 400 free relay at the first CIF State meet.
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Eliana Yellin, Capistrano Valley BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Eliana Yellin Capistrano Valley Swimming GPA: 4.34 Yellin is a four-year varsity member of the Cougars’ swim team. She is also a two-year captain. She is taking five AP classes (calculus, Spanish, English literature, U.S. Government and psychology). She won the 200 free at the So
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • JSerra beats out Crean Lutheran for first state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - They burst onto Orange County’s swimming scene as freshmen, instantly helping turn a school into a powerhouse. They stayed champions the next season, but after a high-profile transfer in their ranks, they persevered to stay contenders without as much of the spotlight. And so went the story of JSerra’s girls until the
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • State swim/dive: Finals top-8 results (JSerra girls claim first California title) BY DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships At Clovis West Finals Final team standings – 1. Northgate 192; 2. San Ramon Valley 133; 3. Oak Ridge 123;
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • State title comes with a twist for Crean's Young BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Colten Young’s favorite dives are twisters. So with a chance Saturday to seal a convincing victory at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships with a twister, he was in perfect position. The Crean Lutheran sophomore hurtled toward the end of the 1-meter springboard in the 11th and final round, leape
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Fairmont Prep's Lee finishes eighth in state BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Die-hard aquatics fans know Michelle Lee for mentoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a celebrity diving show a few years ago. “It was really fun and I’m happy I got to do that,” Lee said of her time on the short-lived series “Splash”. Lee stays in touch with the basketball legend thro
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • CIF state/dive: Prelim results, girls diving results BY DAN ALBANO
    PHOTOS: Trojan club teammates Michelle Lee of Fairmont Prep, Olivia Rosendahl of Immaculate Heart and Carly S
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • O.C. swimmers positioned for impact at state finals BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Orange County’s small but determined fleet of swimmers had its reasons Friday for arriving at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships. JSerra’s Kaitlyn Albertoli came for a chance to race after a health scare last week. Teammate Karli Thuen wanted another attempt at improving her times
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Notes: Crean Lutheran, JSerra girls contenders for state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO Crean Lutheran and JSerra’s girls are both expected to contend for team titles at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin in earnest Friday afternoon with swimming prelims at Clovis West. Both Orange County powers are at full-strength for the two-day meet. JSerra’s roster has been bolster
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • State swim/dive: Team Orange County for Fresno (with relay swimmers) BY DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley swimmers get a look at the awards podium before the start of the inaugura state swim and divivng championships BOYS SWIMMING/DIVING O.C. entri
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • State swim/dive: Schedule for Friday, Saturday BY DAN ALBANO
    SCHEDULE CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships At Clovis West High, Fresno Friday Girls diving final, 8:30 a.m. Swimming prelims, 2:30 p.m.
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • State swim: Crean's Ella Eastin to race with cut hand, Foothill's Kendall scratches BY DAN ALBANO
    Recently-crowned national record holder Ella Eastin of Crean Lutheran plans to race at the inaugural state swim meet Friday and Saturday in Fresno with a cut finger, said Steve Pickell, he
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • Swim: Costa Mesa-based club seeking age-group coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Costa Mesa High-based Costa Mesa Aquatics Club is seeking age-group swim coaches for its year-round team. The positions are part-time with opportunities to become full-time. For more information, conta
    Wed May 20, 2015
  • CIF breakdown: University met expectations with winning formula BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE Expectations were soaring for University’s boys swimming team at CIF-SS Division 1 finals. Point projections based on a scoring of prelims established the Pacific Coast
    Wed May 20, 2015
  • CIF swim: Segerstrom boys chart progress at CIF BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE When Jake Espinoza arrived at Segerstrom as a freshman, he could float but not swim. "I would stay afloat but that's the best I could do," he said. "I didn't even know there wer
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Complete psych sheet for inaugural state meet BY DAN ALBANO
    Clovis Swim Club HY-TEK's MEET MANAGER 5.0 - 10:02 AM 5/18/2015 Page 1 2015 CIF Swim & Diving State Championships - 5/22/2015 to 5/23/2015 Psych Sheet Event 1 Girls 1 mtr Diving Name Yr School 1 Sherwood-Souza, Carly JR WERN-D1 564.55 2 Rosendahl, Olivia SR IMMU-D3 524.95 3 Lee, Michelle FR FAPR-D4 4
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Small but excited O.C. group headed to state meet BY DAN ALBANO
    Most Orange County swimmers who automatically qualified for this week’s inaugural state championship meet declined the invite, but enough accepted to form a small and intriguing armada bound for Fresno. The psych sheet released Monday was highlighted by several swimmers from Crean Lutheran’s CIF-SS Division 2 championship gir
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Girls swim O.C. Top 10 (5-18-15) By DAN ALBANO
    Final O.C. Top 10 (Invitational scoring) 1. Santa Margarita 2. Crean Lutheran 3. JSerra 4. Tesoro 5. Corona del Mar 6. Woodbridge 7. Edison 8. Mater Dei 9. Foothill 10. Los Alamitos
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • Girls swim AOW: Taylor Ault, Sonora BY DAN ALBANO
    TAYLOR AULT SONORA The sophomore set a meet record in the 200 free, won the 500 free in a county-leading time and broke 50 seconds in the 100 free at the CIF Division 2 finals. Girls swim O.C. Top 10 (5-18-15) (Invitational) 1. Santa Margarita 2. Crean Lutheran 3. JSe
    Mon May 18, 2015
  • State swim: First look at the Southern Section entries BY DAN ALBANO
    Many of Orange County's top swimmers have declined spots in the inaugural state meet but not all. Several standouts, led by newly-crown national record holder Ella Eastin and the Crean Lutheran girls, will race on this coming week in Fresno. Two-time Division 1 champion Tyler Lin of Corona del Mar and the JSerra girls also highligh
    Sun May 17, 2015
  • Santa Margarita girls, University boys dominate BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE – Katie McLaughlin fired up her teammates for Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 1 swimming finals by passing out temporary tattoos. Santa Margarita wore them on their cheeks like war paint. After a finals sessions packed with five national records, including one by McLaughlin and teammate Grant Shoults, and t
    Sat May 16, 2015
  • Crean Lutheran's Eastin leads pack in record day at Division 2 swim finals BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE – The CIF-SS Division 2 swimming finals dished out the rarest of treats for aquatics fans Saturday. There was a national record courtesy of Crean Lutheran’s Ella Eastin in the 200 IM. A drag-out duel for the championship plaque for Crean Lutheran’s girls. A rare double for Laguna Beach’s boys. And
    Sat May 16, 2015
  • CIF swim: Division 2 finals results (Crean girls, Laguna boys, Ault) BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach's Division 2 boys BOYS SWIMMING CIF-SS Division 2 Finals At Riverside City College Final team standings: 1. Laguna Beach 219; 2. Murrieta Va
    Sat May 16, 2015
  • CIF swim: Crean girls, Laguna boys strike gold, Ella Eastin sets national record BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE It's all over here from the CIF-SS Division 2 swim finals and it was an amazing morning for rare water feats. Crean Lutheran completes its "Crean sweep 3-peat" featuring a national private school record in the 200-yard individual medley by Ella Eastin -- a stunning 1:53.90 for the Stanford bound senior. Eastin la
    Sat May 16, 2015