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    Swim: Edison's Smith commits to LSU (updated)

    October 17th, 2014, 1:49 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Inspiring Edison All-County swimmer Thomas Smith of the Aquazot club has committed to LSU, the senior said Friday.

    Since his freshman year at Edison, Smith has shared his journey of swimming with a benign tumor in his left knee.

    He also has posted some of the fastest times in Orange County. Last season, Smith finished third at the CIF Division 1 finals in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 38.02 seconds) and fifth in the 100 back (49.09).

    His best event in college might be the 200 back. He holds the Southern California Swimming record with a 1:43.71.

    Smith, a two-time Sunset League MVP, said he picked LSU because of the community feeling at the SEC school.

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    Roundup: Edison defends Newport Rib title

    October 12th, 2014, 12:59 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Alex Nathan scored seven goals and James Rydjeski made 11 saves as Edison's boys water polo team defeated Segerstrom, 12-7, to defend its title at the Newport Rib tournament at Costa Mesa on Saturday.

    In the semifinals, Edison defeated JSerra, 10-1, behind four goals from Nathan and 11 saves from Rydjeski.

    The Chargers have captured the tournament four of the past five seasons.

    Photo courtesy of Edison water polo.

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    Tempers flare after Servite defeats Edison (video)

    September 20th, 2014, 9:05 am by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Postgame shenanigans marred what was a wonderfully played game between Servite and Edison.

    Edison was offended that Servite stuck to the pass late in the fourth quarter, after the game was well in hand. Servite head coach AJ Gass said he called for running plays, but quarterback Travis Waller improvised.

    A shouting match then commenced during postgame handshakes.

    Edison head coach Dave White screamed to the Servite side that someone said "I couldn't coach."

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    OCVarsity Gridiron: Edison's Trinity test (video)

    September 16th, 2014, 4:55 pm by BY JONATHAN KHAMIS

    OCVarstiy's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis travel to Edison High to preview the Chargers' Trinity League test -- back-to-back games against Servite and Mater Dei - which starts this week.

    Interviews with Edison quarterback Matt Gane and Coach Dave White.

    Video by Jonathan Khamis,


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    Swim: Edison's Smith has recruiting trip of a 'lifetime' at Ohio State

    September 9th, 2014, 11:41 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Edison and Aquazot All-County swimmer Thomas Smith -- who races on despite a benign tumor in his left knee -- made a recruiting trip to Ohio State over the weekend and returned to Surf City impressed with the Big Ten school.

    "Ohio State was the experience of a lifetime," he said in a text. "I was extremely honored to have been given the opportunity to see such a high-level and courteous team that is striving to climb to the top.

    "The guys there are similar to Aquazot -- humble, hard-working and conscious of their short-term investment in swimming aside from long-term investment academically."

    Smith also plans to visit Arizona, LSU, Michigan and Cal. He placed third in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 back at the CIF Division 1 finals in May but also is an outstanding 200 backstroker, a non-CIF event.

    In other swimming news, Santa Margarita's Katie McLaughlin of the Nadadores committed to Cal on Sunday.

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    Swim: Edison grad Tom Shields breaks own American record

    August 27th, 2014, 8:21 pm by 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.

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    McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs

    August 21st, 2014, 10:46 am by 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, Australia.

    The 17-year-old from the Mission Viejo Nadadores club finished third in the 200-meter butterfly with a lifetime-best time of 2 minutes, 7.08 seconds, eighth fastest in the world this year.

    McLaughlin's time also ranks second all-time for U.S. girls in the 17-18 age-group, just off the Kathleen Hersey's 2008 age-group record of 2:06.96.

    American Cammile Adams, 22, won in 2:06.61 while Japan's Natsumi Hoshi, 24, took the silver in 2:06.68. Adams became the first U.S. woman to claim gold in the 200 fly at Pan Pac's since Summer Sanders in 1991.

    McLaughlin also likely claimed a spot on the U.S. team for next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia. The Register's reigning female swimmer of the year emerged from the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships and Pan Pacific Championships -- the two qualifying meets for Worlds -- as the No. 2-ranked American woman to Adams in the 200 fly.

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    Swim: McLaughlin among the contenders for Day 1 of Nationals

    August 5th, 2014, 11:37 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    What to watch Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships

    Where: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center

    Events: 200-meter butterfly, 100 free, women’s 800 free, men’s 1,500 free

    Times: Prelims, 9 a.m.; finals, 6 p.m.

    Preview: While Michael Phelps could be part of a blistering final in the men’s 100 free, Katie Ledecky, 17, might emerge as the star of the night in the 800 free, one of world-record events. “There’s a good amount of focus (for me) on this meet,” she said Tuesday. Former Edison and Cal standout Tom Shields, Katie McLaughlin,pictured, of the Mission Viejo Nadadores and Santa Margarita High and Corey Okubo of Aquazot are contenders in the 200 butterfly. Ex-Nadadore Chloe Sutton, now living in North Carolina, also could be in the mix in the 800.

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    Notebook: Los Alamitos' Telenko passes first test

    July 12th, 2014, 5:07 pm by BY ANTONIO MORALES

    The bracket-makers for Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament on Saturday didn't do Los Alamitos any favors.

    In the Griffins' bracket was defending Open Division state champion St. John Bosco, Open division regional runner up Centennial of Corona, and 2012 Division 2 state champion Serra of Gardena.

    Los Alamitos went 1-2 in group play and 1-3 overall, but secured one of the biggest upsets of the day when it defeated St. John Bosco, 20-19, in the first round of pool play.

    Leading the way was junior quarterback Jack Telenko, who looked stellar against a young, inexperienced St. John Bosco defense.

    Telenko is transfer from Tesoro.

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    Baseball: Five O.C. players on All-State first team

    July 7th, 2014, 10:44 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Five Orange County players were named to the CalHiSports All-California baseball first team released Monday.

    The county’s first-team selections are pitchers Griffin Canning of Santa Margarita and Scott Schultz of Fountain Valley; infielders Josh Morgan of Orange Lutheran and Brian Schales of Edison; and utility Parker Joe Robinson of JSerra.

    All five county players on the all-state first team were All-Orange County first team. Robinson was county player of the year.

    Morgan was selected in the third round by the Texas Rangers in last month’s draft. Schales was a fourth-round pick of the Miami Marlins. The Colorado Rockies took Canning in the 38th round.

    Nine county players made CalHiSports’ all-state second team: Nathan Rodriguez, catcher, El Dorado; Matt Ruff, catcher, Valencia, Noah Davis, pitcher, Huntington Beach; Tristan Hildebrandt, infielder, Esperanza; Louis Raymond, outfielder, Dana Hills; Hudson Hughes, utility, Foothill; and Kyle Molnar, utility.

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