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Newport Harbor junior Tom Fisher captured the 200 and 500 freestyles to help the Sailors defeat Los Alamitos on Tuesday.

Roundup: Relays propel Newport Harbor boys to victory

OCVARSITY.COM

Newport Harbor's boys swim team offers an intriguing blend of four club-level swimmers and a fleet of boys who focus more on water polo.

But no matter the ratio, Coach Jason Lynch's squad is still fast between the lane lines, and it showed Tuesday at Los Alamitos.

Newport Harbor, ranked No. 6 in the county, swept all three relays in season-best times and made a surge in the middle of the meet to improve to 2-0 in the Sunset League with a 96-74 victory.

"Good victory," Lynch said. "I think it puts us in a position that even if we lose to Edison (on April 5), we're still second and we can compete at the league championships for the whole thing."

Newport Harbor captured the 200-yard medley (1 minute, 44.21 seconds), 200 free (1:30.78) and 400 free (3:19.07) relays. David Jorth split a 47.85 anchor in the 400.

The Sailors led, 49-45, entering the 500 freestyle but junior Tom Fisher led a first-third-fourth finish for Newport Harbor with a 4:52.44.

Fisher, a swimmer from the YMCA of Orange County, also won the 200 free in 1:46.26.

Newport Harbor's third-place finisher in the 500 was Andrew Silvers (5:06.91).

Lynch said the sophomore has been playing well at center in the team's offseason water polo games.

"We have a lot of water polo guys," Fisher said, "but they definitely step up."

Newport Harbor impressed despite being without Farrel South and Sean Richards, who are both dealing with tendonitis.

In the girls meet, No. 8 Los Alamitos defeated Newport Harbor, 111-59, behind a pair of victories by Dari Watkins. The senior touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:11.11) and 100 free (54.65).

Los Alamitos freshman Miranda Rouse out-dueled Newport Harbor freshman Marissa Robertson to win the 50 free in 25.40.

In South Coast boys:

Aliso Niguel 87, Mission Viejo 84: Jason Zumsteg led a first-second-third sweep in the breaststroke (1:04.25) and Warren Nadvornick, Andy Santala, TJ Chen and Janardan Burns won the 400 relay (3:24.60) to lift the host Wolverines to their first victory against the Diablos.

In South Coast girls:

No. 3 Mission Viejo 89, Aliso Niguel 81: The visiting Diablos earned six valuable points by finishing third in all three relays to edge the Wolverines. The teams also tied for first in the 200 free relay with times of 1:46.62. Aliso Niguel's Melanie Klaren captured the 100 fly (58.58) and 500 free (5:02.34).


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