The Newport Hills Swim Team's Killer Whales dominated the Pacific Sands Penguins of Huntington Beach with a resounding 8820-390 victory in a South Coast Swim Conference meet July 10.
Newport Hills won all but one of the 23 relay events, and the under-6 girls, 7-8 girls, 9-10 boys, 11-12 girls and 11-12 boys Killer Whales all won each of their individual stroke events and both the medley and freestyle relay events. The 7-8 girls foursome of Sophie Wallace, Caroline Garell, Kelly Ramm and Anna Wilde for Newport Hills made their 100-yard freestyle victory extra special when they established a new pool record of 1 minute, 5.39 seconds, eclipsing the old pool record set in 1997 by Killer Whales Athena Meshkin, Gillian Gentry and current Newport Hills age-group coaches Mary Flynn and Paige O'Brien.
Jake Bays (25 breaststroke, 25 butterfly and 50 freestyle) of the 7-8 boys, Madeline Musselman (50 free, 50 breaststroke and 50 fly) of the 11-12 girls and Taylor Cortens (50 fly, 50 backstroke and 100 individual medley) in the 11-12 boys all grabbed three blue ribbons for Newport Hills. In addition, Cortens set two new pool records in both the 50 fly and the 100 IM. His new time of 28.90 in the 50 fly erased the old record of 29.31 set by Killer Whale Gunnar Gustafson in 1984, and his new 100 IM record of 1:04.42 also broke an old Gustafson record of 1:04.91 set in 1984.