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High School Swimming: CdM girls getting closer

University sweeps PCL meet, but CdM girls on upswing. Boys prepare for big meet Thursday.

March 20, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Justin Hanson swims the 200-yard butterfly for Corona del Mar High in a Pacific Coast League swim meet against University Wednesday.
Justin Hanson swims the 200-yard butterfly for Corona… (Don Leach, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — The arrow keeps pointing up for the girls' aquatics program at Corona del Mar High.

Last month, the Sea Kings won their first girls' water polo CIF title in seven years, and first overall in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

On Wednesday at CdM, the girls' swimmers showed they are closing the gap on perennial power and rival University.

The Trojans pulled away late at the CdM pool, earning a 94-76 victory in the Pacific Coast League meet. The Uni boys made it a sweep, as they defeated CdM, 90-80.

But the CdM girls took pride in knowing that they battled University, the 2011 Division 1 champion that finished second in Division 1 last year by a single point to JSerra, to a standstill for much of the meet.

"I just wish my former student would quit beating me," CdM Coach Doug Volding said with a laugh of losing to Uni girls' head coach Robin Jacobsen, a CdM alumna. "It's getting old. We'll keep plugging away."

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Volding has perhaps his best CdM team since winning the Division 2 title in 2006. The swims were plenty fast Wednesday for the Sea Kings (1-1 in league).

CdM junior Stephanie Samudro, a transfer from San Marino, and University of Texas-bound senior Brynne Wong took the top two spots in the 100-yard butterfly. Samudro touched in 57.11 seconds, followed by Wong in 57.55; both are Division 1 automatic times.

Wong also captured the 50 freestyle, in 24.58 seconds, followed by CdM senior Ioanna Haralabidis in 24.85. Additions like the Haralabidis twins, Ioanna and Stephania, as well as Samudro, have CdM thinking big this year.

"We always try to win," said BYU-bound senior Ally McCormick, who won the 200 free in 1:57.44. "We were really going to have to come up big in some races [to beat Uni]... but obviously compared to years previous, it's so exciting. It really did come down to the [end]. We got a couple extra club swimmers and obviously, with the Greeks, we have fast relays. It's exciting, definitely.

"We're not just a freestyle team. We have girls who do backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, which helps us against teams like this. I think we're just all more excited, because we know we have the ability to do well."

McCormick, the Haralabidis sisters and Wong won the 200 free relay in 1:39.30. CdM's "B" relay of Eliza Britt, Shannon Frome, Sami Pratt and Grace Morgan finished third, and CdM pulled to a 62-62 tie with three events left.

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