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High School Swimming: CdM sweeps Battle of Bay

Sea Kings impressive in both boys' and girls' meets, as teams prepare for league finals next week.

April 25, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Don Leach / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — The Battle of the Bay swim meet always seems to come down to the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay on the girls' side.

In 2011, Newport Harbor won it to forge a tie. Last year, CdM won the race to edge out a victory.

In a way, it again came down to the last race Thursday at Newport Harbor High. The Sailors girls needed to finish first and second in that relay to win the meet.

CdM Coach Doug Volding knew that wasn't about to happen. Instead, the opposite was true.

The Sea Kings' "A" team of Ally McCormick, Ioanna Haralabidis, Stephanie Samudro and Stephania Haralabidis finished first. But the "B" team of Maddie Musselman, Grace Morgan, Maddie Sanders and Eliza Britt out-touched Newport Harbor for second as well.

That put the finishing touches on CdM's 94-75 victory. The CdM boys also won the Battle of the Bay meet for the sixth straight year, 110-60.

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The depth is evident for CdM's girls this year. Volding was happy with swims like those of Britt, a sophomore water polo player who split a fast 56.55 seconds to anchor the "B" relay.

"That's what I've been waiting to see," Volding said. "We need her. She's got the talent. If she concentrates and digs down, she can do it."

McCormick won the 200 free in 1:56.53, while Samudro captured the 200 individual medley in 2:12.72 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.14. CdM senior Brynne Wong captured the 50 free, making her CIF Southern Section Division 1 automatic cut of 24.17. She also won the 100 fly in 58.25 and competed on the medley and 200 free relays.

CdM won the medley relay and Wong, bound for the University of Texas, has definitely noticed the depth this year. Musselman is in her first week back swimming after suffering a broken wrist during the water polo season.

"It's really exciting, because we've never had all three relays be super-strong," Wong said. "We usually have to pick which one we're going to work on, at least when I've been in high school. It was just nice to have all of them, to have the one relay that I can just watch and cheer and not have to worry about it, and still know that they would come up with a win."

Newport Harbor girls' coach Brian Melstrom also was pleased, saying his team swam better than in Tuesday's Sunset League loss at Los Alamitos. Winners for the Sailors girls included senior Carly Christian in the 100 free (a personal-best 53.13), Casey Duckworth in the 500 free (5:15.11) and Sydney Kohlenberger in the 100 back (1:06.79).

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