NEWPORT BEACH — Down the whole meet, the Newport Harbor High girls' swim team came into the final event of the day still controlling its own destiny.
Zoe Robles, Carly Christian, Catherine Carpenter and Casey Duckworth had all their ducks in a row in the Battle of the Bay. They needed to win the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay to forge at least a tie with rival Corona del Mar.
Newport girls' Coach Brian Melstrom made sure they knew the importance.
"Right before we got in, [Melstrom] was like, 'In order to win the meet you've got to win the race.'" Christian said. "We were like, 'Oh God.' We just got pumped up and knew what we had to do."
The Newport quartet touched first, allowing Newport Harbor to rally for an 85-85 tie Thursday.
Corona del Mar was dominant on the boys' side, winning the Battle of the Bay for the third straight year by posting a 117-53 victory.