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High School Swimming: CdM second at finals

Uni defends league titles, but CdM girls, boys find positives. Wong is swimmer of the meet.

May 03, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Dennis Bress )

IRVINE — The Corona del Mar High boys' swim team won seven of 11 events at Friday's Pacific Coast League finals.

The CdM girls won six of 11 events, also setting three school records.

But the reason why it was University hopping into the water at the end of the meet could be summed up pretty easily.

"It just comes down to Uni's depth," CdM girls' coach Doug Volding said.

The Trojans defended their girls' and boys' league titles at Woollett Aquatics Center. CdM finished in second place in both genders.

But it was easy to see why the Sea Kings also go into next week's CIF Southern Section Division 1 finals with their collective heads held high.

CdM senior Brynne Wong was the girls' swimmer of the meet. She joined her club teammate with Aquazots, University's Corey Okubo, who was the boys' swimmer of the meet.

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Wong certainly had a busy day. She broke her own school record in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing it in a lifetime-best and automatic All-American time of 23.34 seconds. She also broke the meet record of 23.37 from 2010.

Wong also won the 100 butterfly in another All-American time of 54.64, breaking her own meet record. It was her fourth straight year winning league in the event.

Okubo broke the Orange County record in the 200 individual medley in 1:48.02.

CdM also obliterated school records in both freestyle relays, besting the old mark by more than a second both times. Stephania Haralabidis, Ioanna Haralabidis, Stephanie Samudro and Wong won the 200 free relay in a meet-record 1:35.96, besting the 1:37.73 mark from last year. Ioanna Haralabidis, McCormick, Wong and Stephania Haralabidis won the 400 free relay in 3:29.99, easily topping the previous school record of 3:31.42 also set last year.

"Wow, this is just a good day for me," Wong said after she was announced as girls' swimmer of the meet. "I got first in all four of my events, with three new meet records, and my times were good too. [We'll] give some teams a run for their money, hopefully [at CIF]. The three who just joined the team this year, the Greeks and Stephanie, I wish they had come to our school sooner. But I'm happy to have them this season."

Samudro dropped four seconds from her preliminaries time to win the 200 individual medley in 2:06.64. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.64, and both times were personal-bests for the junior.

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