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Newport Hills prevails over Harbor View

July 20, 2012

There were unseasonably misty skies on Saturday in Corona del Mar, but nothing was going to dampen the excitement surrounding the Newport Hills pool. It was the Battle of the Greenbelt — the big Newport Hills Killer Whales versus Harbor View Dolphins swim meet.

It was a day where every race was important, and fans cheered for a third-place finish almost as hard as they did for a first, as every point was crucial. In the end, however, it was the depth of the Newport Hills Killer Whales that prevailed, and they won by a score of 749-589.

Swimmers were leaving in the middle of soccer and water polo tournaments to assure that they could make it to the meet — and upon arriving at the pool, immediately changing from soccer uniforms or water polo suits to racing swimsuits. Rowers were hustling over after exhausting workouts, just to be sure that they too could come swim for their team. However, it was not just current swimmers, as the pool deck was covered with fans, many of whom had at one time or another been a swimmer for one of the two clubs.

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Newport Hills was led by its 13- and 14-yer-old girls and 15-18 boys, as both groups won each of their five individual stroke events as well as their medley and freestyle relays.

Four Killer Whales were three-time winners in individual stroke events. Bianca Bays (7-8 girls) took first place in the 25-yard breaststroke, the 25 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. Maddie Musselman, in the 13-14 girls, grabbed the blue ribbon in the 50 freestyle, the 50 fly and the 100 individual medley. Taylor Cortens (13-14 boys) was victorious in the 50 fly, the 50 back and the 100 IM. Hollace Barden, in the 15-18 girls, was a winner in the 50 freestyle, the 50 fly and the 100 IM.

In addition, there were five Newport Hills swimmers that were gold-medal winners in two individual stroke events. Sophie Wallace (50 frees and 100 IM) and Anna Wilde (50 breast and 50 back) won twice in the 9-10 girls, as did Jake Bays (50 free and 25 fly) in the 9-10 Boys, Henry Wilde (50 fly and 50 back) in the 11-12 boys and Christian Garkani (50 free and 50 fly) in the 15-18 boys.

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