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CdM boys stand out

Sea Kings get plenty of fast swims to defeat rival University in league meet. CdM girls also have standouts, but fall to Trojans.

April 08, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com
  • Corona del Mar's Matt Berry wins the 50-yard freestyle event during Friday's swim meet against University.
Corona del Mar's Matt Berry wins the 50-yard freestyle… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — After finishing third at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals last year, John Kim and the Corona del Mar High boys' swimming team are hungry.

Motivation is not in short supply for the Sea Kings.

"This year it's really emotional for us," said Kim, a Northwestern commit. "All of the seniors want to go out with a bang. We're all in it to win it right now."

That ultimate goal can be accomplished down the road. On Friday at CdM, the Sea Kings were satisfied knowing they continue to be the team to beat in the Pacific Coast League.

CdM started strong and beat University, 99-71, staying undefeated in league dual meets at 4-0. The Trojans fall to 3-1.

On the girls' side, University (4-0) handed CdM (3-1) its first league loss of the season, 104-66.

Kim did his part for the Sea Kings, who are aiming for their fifth straight league title. Jared Namba, Garrett Larson, Kim and Bruce Bearer began the meet by placing first in the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 38.16 seconds, a CIF Southern Section Division I automatic time.

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Kim was edged in the 200 individual medley by University freshman Corey Okubo, but his time was fast at 1:54.80. He came back to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.14, yet another automatic time.

The Sea Kings were also strong in the freestyle events against Uni, which has CdM alumnus Tom Norton as its first-year boys' head coach. CdM senior Matt Berry (21.78 seconds), junior Ari Marks (22.18) and sophomore Blake Motal (22.45) swept the top three spots in the 50 free. Berry also won the 100 free in 47.81, another automatic CIF time.

CdM also went two-three-four in the 500 free behind sophomores Paul Sigler (4:59.33) and Jake Wyatt (5:00.97) and senior Hayden Leach (5:07.19).

"I think our freestylers are starting to come alive," CdM Coach Barry O'Dea said. "Blake Motal wasn't feeling real hot. He missed school yesterday, but he's coming along. Ari's coming along, and Matt Berry's solid. We're getting there."

Namba won the 100 backstroke in 52.60 and was second in the 100 butterfly in 51.89, easily two more automatic times. He said it was a long week for CdM, racing in its third dual meet of the week because next week is spring break.

"I just wanted CdM to stay on top," said Namba, a junior. "I knew that if we racked up points in the events Uni was weak in, then we'd be pretty safe. We were mainly focused on this meet. It was stressful. I'm surprised we did so well considering the lactic acid build-up we have right now."

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