EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was submitted by a parent from the community.
Several of the spectators did a double-take at Saturday's South Coast Swim Conference relay finals when they noticed a girl lined up at the blocks for Newport Hills in the third lane of the age 7-8 boys' 25-yard backstroke relay.
Newport Hills apparently thought that the upcoming race was an unofficial "mixed" (boy-girl) relay, rather than an official race worth 12 potential points. Harbor View Swim Team Coach Ted Bandaruk, realizing his neighborhood rival's error, jumped over his own starting block from lane No. 4 and risked falling into the pool to warn Newport Hills that it had lined up the wrong swimmer.
"Had the girl dived in, Newport Hills would have been disqualified rather than winning the race," said Amy Cohen, whose son Connor (8) anchored the HVST team that ultimately took second after Coach Ted saved Newport Hills from a DQ. "But it's a classic example of Coach Ted's sportsmanship that he made sure that Newport Hills got the right swimmer up there."