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CdM's Liao Masterful once again

Senior backs up Division I title in 100 breast by winning Masters meet championship.

May 19, 2010

LONG BEACH — Corona del Mar High senior Michael Liao won the title in the 100-yard breaststroke at the CIF Southern Section Masters Swimming and Diving Championships Tuesday night at Belmont Plaza.

Liao, who had won the Division I title in the event on Friday, touched Tuesday in 56.21 seconds, one-hundredth of a second off his Division I-winning time.

He also helped the CdM boys' 200-medley relay finish ninth at Masters, the event that combines top finishers from each of the four CIF divisions. Ari Marks, Liao, Kyle Krenan and Matt Berry finished in 1 minute, 38.30 seconds.

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Newport Harbor didn't bring its swimmers to the meet, but Sailors diver Clay Pinckney took fourth. He scored 297.75 points.

Among other top-10 finishers, the CdM girls' 200 medley relay team of Natalie Wong, Pippa Saunders, Brynne Wong and Margot Money was 10th in 1:53.50.

Brynne Wong, a freshman, was also 10th in the girls' 100 butterfly, touching in 58.79. She also swam the anchor leg of the Sea Kings' 200 free relay, as Allison McCormick, Money, Hollace Barden and Wong also finished 10th in 1:41.57.

Sage Hill's lone Masters entrant, senior Andrew Dorne, placed 21st in the boys' 200 free in 1:49.77.

— From staff reports

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