NEWPORT BEACH — Luke Chelf and Jett Bonner came up to the announcer’s table nearly out of breath.
“It’s tied, 418 to 418!” the two Harbor View Swim Team 7-8 age group swimmers managed to blurt out.
The announcement was met with surprise at the Harbor View pool, but nobody was truly surprised midway through the South Coast Swim Conference meet between the Dolphins and neighborhood rival Newport Hills. The meet was so close, flipping a coin might have saved everyone some time Saturday at the teams’ last regular-season meet.
In the end, however, it was the Newport Hills Killer Whales who came out on top, 675-654.
“They’re just very close, our two teams,” Newport Hills Coach Michelle Sperling said after the meet. At the time, coaches from both teams actually thought Harbor View had won, as they came out eight points ahead in the unofficial results. However, a couple of Dolphins swimmers had swam in more than the four allowed races. After the disqualifications were factored in, it was Newport Hills that came out ahead.