HUNTINGTON BEACH — A day before their biggest meet of the season so far, members of the Newport Harbor High boys' swim team received some startling news.
The Sailors would be without their coach, Jason Lynch. The school's principal Michael Vossen said Monday that Lynch would not be coaching the team, effective immediately, for unspecified reasons.
Assistant coach Corey Delahunt told the team the news after school Monday. The mood was somber.
"We tried to get in [the water] for a little bit but we couldn't really do much," senior Andrew Duhoux said.
A day later, Edison made sure the Sailors again didn't get much going. The host Chargers started strong and won the key Sunset League meet by a comfortable margin, 97.5-72.5.
Edison's girls had an even easier time in posting a 116-53 victory.
Delahunt, who played water polo for Lynch at Costa Mesa High, was the boys' coach for Newport Harbor in Tuesday's meet. He kept busy while watching the Sailors boys' varsity, junior varsity and open division teams compete.