The South Coast Swim Conference kicked off its season Saturday, and it was a bit more important to most Corona del Mar-Newport Beach swimmers than most opening days, as it featured the defending champion Newport Hills Killer Whales against their neighborhood rival Harbor View Dolphins in the always friendly but hotly contested Battle of the Greenbelt.
Elementary and high school friends, water polo and swimming club or high school teammates and greenbelt neighbors all put other activities on hold, so they could swim their hardest to claim local bragging rights. This year was a bit more difficult than most, as swimmers were jockeying between the pool and Daily Pilot Cup soccer, baseball playoffs and SAT exams. However, as is always the case when these two teams swim against each other, team and pool records are broken, and numerous swimmers set new personal-best times.
After a day of intense competition at the Newport Hills pool, the depth of the Killer Whales was too much for the Dolphins, and Newport Hills won the meet, 739-586.