It takes team depth to win an event that features six different squads, and when the South Coast Swim Conference held it's Finals swim meet this past Saturday, August 1st at Corona del Mar High School, that was the quality that separated the Newport Hills Killer Whales from all others.
Each team had their stars, but to win a Finals meet, it is important to not only place as many swimmers as possible in the top six point earnings slots, it is also imperative to do well in the Relays, where the winning points are high, and each group is dependent on four different swimmers. Of the twenty-four relay events, Newport Hills swam to first place finishes in eight of those events, and were second in six others. Green Valley, Harbor View and Pacific Sands each won four relay events, while Lake Forest grabbed three and Greenbrook one.
The 7-8 Boys group had the traditional five individual events, plus the two relays, with the Killer Whales only taking first place in one of those five individual events. However, Newport Hills won the 7-8 Boys division by 22.5 points by taking 1st, 3rd and 4th in the 25 Freestyle, 2nd and 4th in the 25 Breaststroke, 3rd in the 25 Butterfly, 2nd and 5th in the 25 Backstroke, 3rd and 4th in the 50 Freestyle and by winning the 100 Freestyle Relay and taking second in the 100 Medley Relay.