NHST undefeated once again

Youth Scene

Newport Hills Swim Team completes fifth straight undefeated season after beating rival Harbor View.

July 26, 2011

It was one of those typical Battle of the Greenbelt face-offs. The cluster of Corona del Mar High incoming ninth-graders that was laughing and joking prior to the meet was the perfect example of the normal tenor of these neighborhood showdowns.

All in this specific group have been attending early morning workouts for the first time as preparation for Corona del Mar High water polo. Such dedication and hard work among peers creates a strong bond, and it was obvious that this group shared a special closeness.

However, when the individual swimming events started, the group split, some with Newport Hills and the other with Harbor View, and all were competing as hard as they could to perform at their peak against and in front of their buddies. The beauty was that the closeness and brotherhood-like competitiveness brought out numerous personal-best performances, and yet when the race was finished, it was all high-fives and big smiles. All across the board, 18-year-olds or 4-year-olds, swimmers from both teams tried as hard as they could to excel, but when it was over, they were all still real friends — it is the personification of genuine sport.


When Newport Hills and Harbor View swim teams square off, it is a special day on this side of the bay.

This past Saturday, the Newport Hills Swim Team put the icing on another undefeated season. With their 741-577 victory over the Harbor View Dolphins, the Killer Whales won the South Coast Swim Conference title for the fifth time in a row, and over that time have posted a record of 29 wins and 0 losses.

Over the past few weeks, the Killer Whales defeated second-place Green Valley of Fountain Valley and third-place Lake Forest II — at the time of those meets, both opposing teams came into the event undefeated. In addition, Newport Hills was champion of the Relay Finals held at Corona del Mar High June 25, when all five teams in the conference competed. The only obstacle the Killer Whales faced this past weekend was their neighborhood rival possibly upsetting another undefeated season.

Both Newport Hills and Harbor View swimmers put in great efforts, but the depth and strength of Newport Hills was too much for the Dolphins. The Killer Whales were led by their under-6 girls, 9-10 girls, 11-12 girls and 11-12 boys — as all groups took first place in each of their individual swimming events as well as the two relays.

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