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  • 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
  • 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
  • Fountain Valley boys emerge on top at competive Sunset finals BY DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH - The four-team boys race surfaced Friday at the Sunset League swimming finals with all of the drama it had promised. Defending champion Edison, Newport Harbor, Los Alamitos and Fountain Valley each spent time in contention at Golden West College. Edison, Los Alamitos and Fountain Valley each held leads. Los Alam
    Sat May 09, 2015
  • Roundup: Depth pushes Irvine girls to PCL title BY DAN ALBANO
    Irvine’s girls swimming team showed Friday how much it can accomplish with powerful roster depth. The Vaqueros didn’t crown an individual or relay champion at the Pacific Coast League Finals at the Woollett Aquatics Center, but won the meet to recapture the league crown outright for the first time since 2005.
    Fri May 08, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Laguna Beach announces three commitments BY DAN ALBANO
    Three players from Laguna Beach's CIF-SS Division 3 champion boys water polo team have made commitments, Breakers coach Ethan Damato reports. They are: attacker Cade Baldridge (San Jose
    Thu May 07, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Goalies Rydjeski, Sandor make commitments BY DAN ALBANO
    Standout water polo goalies James Rydjeski of Edison and Adam Sandor of San Clemente have committed to four-year college programs. Rydjeski is headed to Air Force while Sandor committed
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • League Finals Central '15: Thursday's results, records, roundup BY DAN ALBANO
    Welcome aquatics fans to League Finals Central, OCVarsity's annual landing page for coverage of league swimming and diving finals. Be sure to return daily for coverage of one of the most exciting weeks of the 2015 season. O.C. RECORD WATCH
    Tue May 05, 2015
  • 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
  • Water polo: Mathewson, Fischer power Team USA into gold medal game BY DAN ALBANO
    Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Laguna Beach senior Makenzie Fischer each scored three goals and Newport Harbor senior Carlee Kapana made eight saves as the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Canada, 11-9, in the semifinals of the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. Ex-Corona del Mar standou
    Sat May 02, 2015
  • Girls water polo: UC Irvine earns at-large berth to NCAAs BY DAN ALBANO
    There will be several former Orange County water polo standouts in the upcoming NCAA women's water polo tournament. The tournament selections were officially introduced Monday night. Here's the field: UC Irvine’s Big West Conference runner-up women’s water polo team (19-8) received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, Ma
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Water polo: Santa Ana Valley boys, Costa Mesa girls seeking games BY DAN ALBANO
    The Santa Ana Valley boys and Costa Mesa girls water polo teams are seeking nonleague matches, their coaches report. Santa Ana Valley boys coach Ricardo Carrillo can be reached at rcarrillo714@mail
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Two-time CIF champ Lammers to retire at SA Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Veteran Santa Ana Valley girls water polo coach Fred Lammers, a former O.C. Register coach of the year who has spent nearly four decades at the school, will retire in June, he announced. La
    Wed Apr 22, 2015
  • Spring notes: Excitement builds over O.C. Championships
    The recent results suggest there could be some fast times and exciting competition at the Orange County Championships for track and field on Saturday at Mission Viejo High. San Juan Hills’ Connor Meech set career-best marks in the 100-meter (14.68) and 300 hurdles (37.81) on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The senior holds t
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • Sinclair hired as Newport boys coach, resigns with CdM girls BY DAN ALBANO
    Ross Sinclair is going home. The former Newport Harbor water polo standout has been hired at his alma mater as the boys varsity water polo coach, he confirmed moments ago Monday.
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • McLaughlin expands profile with blazing 200 free BY DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin’s resume as an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Olympics became more diversified Thursday night in Arizona. Racing for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, the Santa Margarita senior blazed a personal-best in the 200-meter freestyle to finish an impressive fourth at the Arena Pro Swim in Mesa at Skyline Aquatic Center.
    Fri Apr 17, 2015
  • Spring Signing Day: Santa Margarita water polo goalie commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita all-league water polo goalie Ryan Melosini has committed to Princeton, the senior reports. Melosini recorded 279 saves last season to help the Eagles reach the Division 1 playof
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Spring Signing Day: Villa Park's Portales signs with UC Davis BY DAN ALBANO
    Villa Park All-County water polo player Marcela Portales has signed with UC Davis, the Spartans announced via Twitter on Wednesday. The attacker racked up 147 goals this past season to help Vi
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Notes: Edison, Riley stay strong in face of cancer BY DAN ALBANO
    Edison’s swim program is again showing its strength in the face of cancer. Coach Diggy Riley returned to the Edison pool deck Monday, five days after his wife, Sally, 50, died from melanoma cancer. “I need to be here. I want to be here and it feels good to be back on the deck,” he said. Ril
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news
    The spring period when high school athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent begins Wednesday, and OCVarsity would like your help to make sure we don't miss any signings. Please email us the name of any county athletes who will officially sign Wednesday. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section a
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Salvini commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Mia Salvini, a starter for the undefeated, CIF Division 1 champions this past season, has committed to Cal, Breakers coach Ethan Damato reports. Salvini i
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County winter sports teams
    Here are links to All-County teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season Boys basketball Girls basketball
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Orange Lutheran's Skelly MVP in Trinity League BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Trinity League MVP: Emma Skelly, Orange Lutheran, Jr. First team: Campbell Ruh, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Myna Simmons, Orange Lutheran, So.; Mollie Simmons, Orange Lutheran, So.; Kelsey Tyler, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Kayla Constandse, Mater Dei, Jr.; Grace Thawley, Mater Dei, Fr
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Newport Harbor's Kapana grabs MVP in Sunset BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Sunset League MVP: Carlee Kapana, Newport Harbor, Sr. , GK First team: Rachel Whitelegge, Newport Harbor, Sr.; Chanel Schilling, Newport Harbor, Sr.; Kate Pipkin
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Musselman earns MVP in Pacific Coast BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Pacific Coast League MVP: Maddie Musselman, Corona del Mar, Jr. First Team: Heidi Ritner, Corona del Mar, Jr., GK; Eliza Britt, Corona
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Swim: Sally Riley, wife of Edison coach Diggy Riley, passes away BY DAN ALBANO
    Sally Riley, wife of veteran Edison swim and water polo coach Diggy Riley and the inspiration for an outpouring of support at a meet last week, died Wednesday from cancer, Riley said in an e-mai
    Wed Apr 08, 2015