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  • Swim: Edison grad Tom Shields breaks own American record BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Edison and Ca swimmer Tom Shields broke his American short-courd record by capturing the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.08 at a FINA World Cup meet in Doha, Qatar. Shields also moved closer to the world record of 1:48.56 set by Chad Le Clos of South Africa in 2013. Please send swimming news to Dan Albano at da
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: University coach Coffman resigns BY DAN ALBANO
    University boys water polo coach Andy Coffman, who guided the Trojans the past five seasons, has resigned, he confirmed Tuesday. Coffman said he is moving to San Diego with his girlfriend. University has been a solid contender in the Pacific Coast League under Coffman. Two seasons ago, the Trojans tied for second in the le
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Serrano twins take over at Costa Mesa BY DAN ALBANO
    Twin brothers Cody and Dustin Serrano are the new co-coaches of the Costa Mesa boys and girls water polo teams, Mustangs athletic director Sharon Uhl reports. The pair replace Justin Taylor on the boys side and Tim Postiff on the girls, both of whom resigned. The Serranos both played water polo at Costa
    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
  • 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,
    Wed Aug 20, 2014
  • Newport Harbor names Palazzo, Melstrom head coaches BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic men’s assistant coach Marco Palazzo was introduced Monday night as Newport Harbor’s interim boys water polo coach while the school’s assistant girls water polo coach, Brian Melstrom, was named the su
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Water polo: U.S. women capture World Cup BY DAN ALBANO
    Goalkeeper Sami Hill made 16 saves and Melissa Seidemann, Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Kiley Neushul combined for seven goals as the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Australia, 10-6, to capture the FINA World Cup in Russia. Team USA won the tournament for the second consecutive time, adding to its  World Cup titles in
    Mon Aug 18, 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
    Fri Aug 15, 2014
  • Water polo: Newport Harbor hosting town hall meeting Monday night BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor will host a town hall meeting Monday night for its aquatics community to reveal plans for the boys and girls water polo programs, principal Sean Boulton said Tuesday. Boulton said th
    Tue Aug 12, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Newport Harbor AD told that Lynn resigned BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor athletic director Mike Zimmerman said Monday while on vacation that he has been told by school administration that boys water polo Robert Lynn resigned. Newport
    Mon Aug 11, 2014
  • Ledecky breaks world record, shares triple crown with Evans BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Katie Ledecky brought the crowd to its feet at the Phillips 66 National Championships after just three laps of the women’s 400-meter freestyle final Saturday night. The 17-year-old was more than a second under world-record pace and the towel-waving and Thunder-Stick-pounding faithful knew a historic swim could be unfolding.
    Sun Aug 10, 2014
  • Shields steals opening-night spotlight from Phelps BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Tom Shields pumped his fist and unleashed a mighty splash after touching the wall first in the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday night. The first stunning twist of the Phillips 66 National Championships had surfaced. On an opening night that saw Michael Phelps make a surprising and costly mistake, Shield
    Thu Aug 07, 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
  • Mater Dei-based Regency wins Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team might not feature a star player this fall like in years past. But because of the teamwork they showed Tuesday, the Monarchs could be just as good as seasons past. Regency’s 18-and-under boys club team, a near replica of Mater Dei’s upcoming squad, outlasted
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Water polo: Mater Dei-based Regency strikes gold at Jr. Olympics By DAN ALBANO
    Tournament MVP Nick Lavayen scored in the final round of shootouts and goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made two key saves at the end of regulation to help Mater Dei-based Regency defeat L
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • CdM water polo soars, scores gold in New Zealand BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Nothing unites a team like a plunge or two … or three … off a 600-foot building, right? It sounds extreme, but that’s one of the experiences the Corona del Mar girls water polo players bonded over during a recent trip to New Zealand. The players also hiked inactive volcanoes, endured the
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Mater Dei takes second in state, Laguna girls win BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team didn’t get the outcome it desired Sunday but the Monarchs said they still proved an important point: They can play with reigning CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City despite heavy losses from graduation. Top-seeded Harvard-Westlake never trailed but couldn’t co
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Water polo: Laguna Beach girls win state title, Mater Dei boys second By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made eight saves, including one against a penalty, and attackers Lucas Wyatt and Matthew Payne each scored twice for the Monarchs but th
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Mater Dei, Harvard-Westlake on course to clash By DAN ALBANO
    Division 1 boys water polo rivals Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City remained on a collision course Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Last season’s Division 1 finalists each won twice to cruise into Sunday’s semifinals at Foothill.
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Lynn out at Newport Beach club By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic assistant men's water polo coach Robert Lynn is no longer coaching at Newport Beach Water Polo Club but remains Newport Harbor's boys varsity coach, officials with the
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Water polo: State high school tournament starts Friday By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team and the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City boys are the top seeds for the California State High School Championships this weekend in Orange County. Both schools are th
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Sunny Hills graduate commits By DAN ALBANO
    High-scoring Sunny Hills water polo player Kate Vera, who scored 121 goals this past season, has committed to Whittier College, Lancers water polo coach Keith Nighswonger reports. Vera,
    Wed Jul 16, 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
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players inivted to U.S. camp
    Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program. The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C. Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Notebook: Summer basketball is everywhere By: STAFF REPORT
    The summer basketball season is in full swing, with tournaments and leagues at several locations in Orange County. Continuing operation this week are the Hope International University High School Summer League, the Tiger Basketball League at Valencia, the Los Al Summer League at Los Alamitos, the Villa Park Summer League and the Sea King
    Wed Jun 25, 2014