The goal in high school swimming is to swim your best by the time CIF finals roll around.
Few have done it better than Corona del Mar High senior Garrett Larson.
Larson really hits his stride when he's tapered. On a crowded, noisy pool deck at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, he knows how to deliver for the Sea Kings.
He did it again at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals May 13. Larson swam the breaststroke leg as he, Jared Namba, Christian Garkani and Ari Marks won the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 34.28 seconds.
"We won it last year too, so it was good to keep the title," he said. "We switched up the order. Christian Garkani was going to do backstroke and Jared was going to do fly, and we switched them. I think that really helped. [John Kim] usually does the fly, so we had to find a new flier. Since Jared's such a good backstroker, we decided to put Christian in the fly and he went really fast. He pulled through."