LONG BEACH — The medley relay requires strong swimmers in each of the four strokes.
That definitely was not a problem this year for the Corona del Mar High boys' swim team.
One of their main highlights Friday night at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals came in that meet-opening 200-yard medley relay, which they won for the second straight year at Belmont Plaza pool. Junior Jared Namba (backstroke), senior Garrett Larson (breaststroke), sophomore Christian Garkani (butterfly) and junior Ari Marks (freestyle) touched in 1 minute, 34.28 seconds.
"I'm a water polo player," said Marks, part of the Sea Kings' Division II boys' water polo title team in the fall. "I just swim because I have to. But you always just get really pumped up for big races. I was ready to go. I knew I had to go fast."
Marks passed his Loyola opponent in the adjacent lane on the freestyle leg, speeding to a quick 20.56 split. The Sea Kings as a team couldn't quite do the same, as Loyola won the Division I title going away with 287 points.