Along with the CIF automatic times, O'Dea said more of his boys achieved consideration times. And he also got standout swims from junior Richard Barden, who always seems to taper well. Barden dropped six seconds to win the 200 free consolation heat, and he swam a quick 47-second split to help the CdM "B" 400 free relay team win its heat.
"I am so stoked with how well we swam today," said O'Dea, whose team will now prepare for the CIF Southern Section Division 1 preliminaries and finals next week at Riverside City College.
Added Namba: "We turned on a switch today. I'm glad it turned on [today], rather than never. I think the relays showed what we can do when that switch is on."
CdM girls' Coach Doug Volding couldn't be disappointed either. Brynne Wong lowered both of her individual school records, swimming a lifetime-best 55.20 to win the 100 butterfly. She edged her good friend, Irvine sophomore Emily Jiang (55.81), to win the race. Jiang won the event at CIF last year, while Wong finished second.
Wong's time also was a meet record, bettering the 55.53 by Tara Thomas of Beckman from 2006.
"I'm really excited," Wong said. "I remember when I was a freshman, I saw that record and I was like, 'I'm going to get that.' That was actually my best time ever, a 0.4 [second] drop."
Wong also finished second in the 50 free to University's Maggie Hofstadter, but her time of 23.98 seconds also lowered her school record mark.
The CdM girls also broke school records in both freestyle relays. Ally McCormick, Pippa Saunders, Hollace Barden and Wong finished second in the 200 free relay in a school-record 1:37.73. The previous record was 1:38.98, set last year by Wong, McCormick, Barden and Tori Gabert.
Volding liked the result so much that he kept the order the same for the 400 free relay. McCormick, Saunders, Barden and Wong responded with the second school record, 3:31.42. The former school record was held by Jordan Anae, Danielle Lavery, Lexie Shue and current CdM assistant coach Stephanie Gabert, who swam a 3:32.91 in 2005.
Cheyenne Low of University (girls) and Fletcher Norseen of Irvine (boys) were voted swimmers of the meet.