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  • Edison's 'Team Sally' sweeps Fountain Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    It was written in black ink on the backs, legs and forearms of Edison’s swimmers as they raced against visiting Fountain Valley on Tuesday. The words “Team Sally” and "#swim4sally" were seemingly everywhere but especially in the hearts of the Edison swimmers. They raced for Edison coach Diggy Riley’s
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • Water polo: Composite stats for U.S. men's team at Intercontinental BY DAN ALBANO
    USA Water PoloMen's national teamComposite offensive statsFINA Intercontinental TournamentAt Corona del Mar Goals through 2 gamesAzevedo 3B
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • Mann scores three goals to lead U.S. men past Japan BY DAN ALBANO
    Tuesday was homecoming day for the U.S. national men's water polo team at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar. It also was bounce-back day. Former Register player of the year and CdM alum John Mann scored three second-half goals to help Team USA even its record at 1-1 with a 10-6 victory against Japan.
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • U.S. men's water polo shows promise but falls to Canada BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH The up-and-coming talent on the U.S. men’s water polo team surfaced a bit late Monday night against Canada at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar. But after a dismal first half by Team USA, at least the promise arrived, sparking inspired play for the Americans in their opening match of the eight-nat
    Tue Mar 31, 2015
  • Azevedo, U.S. men's water polo team begin Olympic journey at CdM BY DAN ALBANO
    The U.S. men’s water polo team will feature four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo this week as it begins a quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by playing host to the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar High. The Americans need to finish in the top-four at the eight-nation tournament to adv
    Sun Mar 29, 2015
  • All-County girls water polo team BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register’s All-County girls water polo team for the 2014-15 season. ******************* MAKENZIE FISCHER Laguna Beach, Senior The Register’s player of the year.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo player of the year: Makenzie Fischer BY DAN ALBANO
    The standards for Makenzie Fischer and her Laguna Beach girls water polo team were sky-high from the start. She entered the season as the reigning Orange County and CIF-SS Division 1 player of the year on a team seeking to defend a section championship. How could Fischer and the Breakers possibly top that? They fou
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo coach of the year: Justin Johnson, El Toro BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro girls water polo coach Justin Johnson made an honest appraisal of his personnel. “We don’t have a superstar,” he said during the season. Johnson instead leaned on teamwork and coaching to help lift the Chargers to new heights. And in the end, they celebrated like superstars. Johnson guided
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • All-County girls water polo: Second, third team selections BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's selections for the All-County girls water polo second and third teams. Second Team Bella Baldridge, Laguna Beach, So. Amber McCutcheon, San Clemente, Jr. Holly Parker, Laguna Beach, Jr., GK Chanel Schilling, Newport Harbor, Sr. Julia Sellers
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Boys water polo: CdM's Spruth joins wave to Pepperdine BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar water polo player Garrett Spruth has committed to Pepperdine, Sea Kings boys coach Barry O'Dea confirmed. Spruth was a first-team all-Pacific Coast League selection w
    Tue Mar 24, 2015
  • Spring notes: Peirsol makes his debut
    The large straw hat and sunglasses offered protection from the sun but briefly hid his identity Saturday afternoon before the boys Millikan Southern Section Relays. But as he approached, the embroidered name on his shirt - Coach Aaron - gave him away. In his typical low-key and humble style, five-time Olympic gold medalist and world-reco
    Tue Mar 24, 2015
  • Peirsol riding refreshing wave at Newport Harbor BY DAN ALBANO
    The large straw hat and sunglasses offered protection from the sun but briefly hid his identity Saturday afternoon before the boys Millikan Southern Section Relays. But as he approached, the embroidered name on his shirt gave him away. Coach Aaron
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Makenzie Fischer scores against Italy BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach senior Makenzie Fischer scored once and Newport Harbor senior Carlee Kapana went the distance in goal as the U.S. women's national water polo team lost to host Italy, 1
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Servite hires assistant coach from UC Irvine BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite has hired UC Irvine assistant men's water polo coach Milos Skaljac as its boys assistant, Friars water polo coach Andy Coffman reports. "He is a great addition to Servite an
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Makenzie Fischer to defer freshman year at Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach senior water polo player Makenzie Fischer, recently voted CIF Division 1 player of the year for a second consecutive season, said she will defer her enrollment at Stanford until 2016 so s
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-CIF girls water polo team
    The All-CIF girls water polo teams were announced Monday. Two Orange County players - Laguna Beach’s Makenzie Fischer (Division 1) and El Toro’s Maddy Damato (Division 2) - were selected player of the year for their division. Laguna Beach’s Ethan Damato (Division 1) and El Toro’s Justin Johnson (Division 2
    Mon Mar 16, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Sellers, Portales lead North to all-star victory BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill's Julia Sellers scored four goals and Villa Park's Marcela Portales added three to lead the North past the South, 11-9, in the Orange County girls water polo all-star game Sun
    Mon Mar 16, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Dana Hills' Baba commits to Hawaii BY DAN ALBANO
    Dana Hills girls water polo player Madison Baba has committed to Hawaii of the Big West Conference, her father, Nick, reports. Baba scored 114 goals to help the Dolphins finish third in
    Tue Mar 10, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Alyssa Welfringer, Ocean View BY DAN ALBANO
    ALYSSA WELFRINGER OCEAN VIEW WATER POLO GPA: 4.4 Welfringer is an all-league and All-CIF goalie who helped the Seahawks capture the Golden West League title and finish as the CIF-SS Division 6 runner-up. She is taking AP English and statistics and serves in ASB as senior class president
    Tue Mar 10, 2015
  • Notebook: Northwood shows depth in weekend wins
    Northwood’s boys swim team opened its season with a series of strong showings. The Timberwolves defeated Mater Dei and Santiago of Corona in a double-dual meet last week and claimed titles at the Irvine City Relay Championships and Villa Park Relays. Northwood excelled despite not being at full strength. “It w
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: Capo Valley's Rendina, Northwood's Garas commit BY DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley water polo center Jacob Rendina and Northwood water polo player Michael Garas have committed to four-year schools, their coaches report. Rendina, co-MVP of the Sea View
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Musselman withdraws from Corona del Mar BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar All-County water polo player Maddie Musselman has withdrawn from Corona del Mar to pursue making the U.S. Olympic team, Sea Kings athletic director Don Grable confirmed Friday
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • O.C. Register's swim standards for 2015 BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are the Register's 2015 swim standards for reporting results for the daily edition of the paper. It's recommended that times are reported using admin tool that feeds OCVarsity.com, emailing dalbano@ocregister.com or calling 714-796-7804 BOYS SWIMMING200-yard medley relay (1:48.00) 200 free (1:48.50)
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Laguna Beach ranks among all-time best BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team had an answer for every opponent this winter, but there is one question about the Breakers that remains: Are they the best Orange Cou
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Girls water polo final O.C. Top 10 (3-2-15) By DAN ALBANO
    1. Laguna Beach 31-0 2. Foothill 26-5 3. Newport Harbor 23-7 4. Corona del Mar 23-7 5. Orange Lutheran 24-4 6. El Toro 23-9 7. Los Alamitos 21-9 8. San Clemente 19-8 9. Mater Dei 15-14 10. Rosary 19-10
    Mon Mar 02, 2015