Jared Namba is the backstroke king for the Corona del Mar High boys' swim team.
The junior first broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke his freshman year. Since then, he's whittled it down to the current 51.72 seconds, which Namba swam at the tri-meet with Capistrano Valley and Loyola on April 19.
The backstroke time is the fastest in Orange County this season. But to understand Namba's year in swimming, one needs to backtrack to the CIF Southern Section Division I finals last year.
Namba had an off day at the preliminaries. He failed to make the championship finals in either of his individual events, the 200 individual medley or the backstroke. He rebounded at finals to grab the consolation title in both — as well as contributing to the first-place medley relay team — but it was still disappointing for the then-sophomore. He had placed sixth in CIF in both events as a freshman in 2009.