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.