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Wong sisters help CdM [Updated]

High School Swimming

Senior Natalie Wong helps "B" relay finish third, lifting Sea Kings past Newport Harbor. CdM boys cruise to victory.

April 03, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Brynne Wong competes in the girls' 100-yard butterfly against Newport Harbor Tuesday. She won.
Corona del Mar High's Brynne Wong competes in the… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

[Updated: Includes boys' teams scores]

CORONA DEL MAR — Corona del Mar High junior Brynne Wong is the one who gets the most swimming publicity in the Wong household, and deservedly so.

But her older sister, Natalie, also played a huge role Tuesday in the Battle of the Bay swim meet.

Natalie Wong, a senior, was the anchor of the "B" team in the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay. CdM Coach Doug Volding needed that "B" relay team to finish third in the event for the Sea Kings to win the meet.

"We talked about that we had to get third to win it," Natalie Wong said. "That was our goal, to win it, because we tied last year."

After the first three legs by freshmen Eliza Britt and Grace Morgan and sophomore Alex Namba, Wong hopped into the water in Lane 5 nearly simultaneously to the Newport Harbor "B" anchor in Lane 2. There was nothing "B" about Wong's effort.

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Her quick anchor leg helped CdM finish first and third in that 400 free relay, earning an 86-84 victory in the girls' Battle of the Bay after the teams tied last year.

CdM's boys won 10 of 11 events to easily win the rivalry match for the fourth straight year. The Sea Kings won, 120-50.

Just like last year, the girls' meet was back and forth at the end. CdM held a 73-67 lead heading into the breaststroke, but Newport Harbor's Marissa Robertson (1:12.62), Carlee Kapana and Morganne Goodson swept the top three spots in the breast. Newport Harbor surged ahead, 80-76.

Realistically, Sailors Coach Brian Melstrom hoped for a two-three finish in the 400 free relay to win the meet. CdM's "A" team of Pippa Saunders, Ally McCormick, Brynne Wong and Hollace Barden easily won the event in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 automatic time of 3:34.70. Newport Harbor's "A" relay of Robertson, Casey Duckworth, Zoe Robles and Carly Christian finished second in 3:38.73.

That left it up to the "B" relays, and that was where CdM edged it out. Britt, Morgan, Namba and Natalie Wong touched in 3:46.99. Newport's "B" relay team of Presley Pender, Heidi Fults, Ellie Reid and Kapana finished in 3:49.53.

"I think the tie made [winning] a lot better this year," Brynne Wong said. "I think it pushed us more ... The rivalry brings out the best in both teams."

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