Carpenter also swam a fast anchor leg to help the Newport Harbor "B" team finish third in the 200 free relay. The event was won by the Sailors' "A" team of Christian, Robertson, Duckworth and Robles, meaning the Sailors outscored the Sea Kings, 10-4, in the event to draw closer.
Melstrom said he essentially threw the medley relay at the start of the meet, saving his top swimmers for the two freestyle relays. It paid off for the Sailors, who also saw Christian post a personal-best 1:57.27 in the 200 free. She was second in that race to her fellow sophomore from CdM, McCormick (1:56.12).
"I consider [the tie] a victory," Duckworth said. "I mean, Newport's kind of always the underdog in swimming. I can safely say that. So tying with a team like CdM is pretty big, especially considering how many more club swimmers they have."