Just one of the many Corona del Mar girls swim team's potent
liquid assets, Gabert led the prelims push with two first-place
finishes -- the 100 breaststroke (1:04.80) and 200 individual medley
Corona del Mar, the two-time defending league champion and
reigning CIF Southern Section Division II champ, had 17
qualifications in the prelims Wednesday. But a thin win over
previously undefeated University April 27 has coach Doug Volding a
"It's going to be a toughie for us," Volding said. "Uni's looking
awfully strong. We've got our work cut out for us if we're going to
pull it out."
University enters the finals with the one loss, but a meet win
would equate to a Uni league title, as the finals provide more weight
in the standings.
The Trojans, who lost to CdM, 88-82, last week, posted 18
qualifications at the prelims and are looking to avenge the loss.
In Gabert and Lexie Shue, though, the Sea Kings have two weapons
that could prove troublesome for University. Gabert is looking for a
clean sweep in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM while Shue is looking
for a third straight 500 free title and first 200 free crown.
Shue, who holds back-to-back league titles in the 200 IM, is not
competing in the race this year, leaving it up to the young
But Gabert said she is confident she will take home the 200 IM
title, as well as the 100 breaststroke.
"I'm pretty sure it will happen, hopefully," Gabert said. "I think
I can win both. This was a pretty good meet overall for me."
The current league record-holder in the 500 free, Shue cruised to
first in 5:04.28 in the event Wednesday, while notching a
fourth-place finish in the 200 free in 1:55.94.
"[Gabert and Shue] are always there," Volding said. "They're just
two of those people that you know are going to be there."
Junior Ashley Chandler is another one of those people. Chandler,
the defending league one-lap champion, paced her way to third in the
50 free in 25.24, although University's Katelyn Schumacher, the
league runner-up in the event last year, has dropped nearly a