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Edman goes the distance

HIGH SCHOOL SWIM PREVIEW:

SWIMMING: Distance freestyle standout leads Mustangs, who are trying to defend their Orange Coast League championship.

April 09, 2008|By Matt Szabo

Outlook: Costa Mesa, Estancia and Laguna Beach each dropped a league dual meet last year, but the Mustangs stormed to the win at the league championships.

They are probably again the favorites, Smith said, after beating Estancia for the second straight year.

“They’ve just been so receptive with the yardage,” she said. “I’ve cranked it up, they take it and they work really hard. I constantly compliment them on how their hard work is going to pay off. When they swim in a meet and they see it pay off, they just want to get back in and start working hard again.”

ESTANCIA

Coach: Bob Bandaruk (eighth year)

2007 record: third in Orange Coast League

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Key returners: Shea Kopp (Sr., 100 back, IM, 100 free); Meagan Kunert (Sr., distance free); Taylor Carpenter (Sr., breast); Amber Peters (Jr., fly, breast); Tyler Andrews (Jr., distance free).

Key newcomers: Haley Kunert (Fr., sprint free, back); Kylie Carpenter (Fr., sprint free).

Key dates: home vs. Laguna Beach, April 15; home vs. Calvary Chapel, April 22.

Outlook: The Eagles found their first year in the Orange Coast League last season tough, as their 42 dual-meet winning streak ended against Costa Mesa and they finished third at the league finals, a single point behind second-place Laguna Beach.

But Estancia does boast two extremely talented swimmers in seniors Kopp and Kunert. Kopp finished fourth in the 100 back last year at the CIF Southern Section Division II finals, while Kunert racks up points in the distance freestyle events.

Kunert’s younger sister, Haley, has also stepped in and won the 50 free and 100 back in the Eagles’ loss to Costa Mesa on April 1.

NEWPORT HARBOR

Coach: Ken LaMont (10th year)

2007 record: 1-4 in Sunset League dual meets (fourth place).

Key returners: Mimi Bury (Sr., distance free); Elizabeth Wheeler (Sr., distance free, fly); Katie Pederson (Sr., breast); Jessica Robinson (Sr., distance free); Kate Klippert (So., sprint free); Katie Jackson (So., fly, IM, free).

Key newcomers: Gigi Joseph (Fr., distance free).

Key dates: at home vs. Fountain Valley, April 9; at home vs. Los Alamitos, April 15; at Marina, April 22.

Outlook: Newport Harbor will have its hands full in a stacked Sunset League, but their are positives. Individually, Klippert and Jackson both made it to CIF last year as freshmen, but Jackson has been slowed at the beginning of this season by mononucleosis.

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