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Swimming: All Robertson does is win

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Newport Harbor senior swimmer, preparing for league finals, has not lost an individual event this year.

May 03, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High senior swimmer Marissa Robertson is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Newport Harbor High senior swimmer Marissa Robertson… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

All she does is win, win, win, no matter what.

Newport Harbor High senior Marissa Robertson can relate to that DJ Khaled song. This year in the pool, she has been unbeatable for the Sailors girls' swim team.

Robertson has won all of her individual races all year long. The 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly? No problem. On Tuesday in a Sunset League meet against Marina, Robertson even threw in the 200-yard individual medley for good measure.

"I don't usually swim 200s," Robertson said the next day, able to laugh because she again touched first, before any of her competition. "I didn't really notice [the streak] until [Newport Coach Brian Melstrom] pointed it out. I definitely love racing. I like to win. I definitely feel like I race up, so if I have someone who's going to be pushing me, that's when I do my best."

Robertson is a four-year varsity swimmer for Melstrom's Sailors. She's also a club swimmer for the Newport-Mesa YMCA, where she's had the same coach, Craig Bluell, for a decade.

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Robertson is one of four Newport girls' club swimmers from the YMCA of Orange County Sea Lions, the others being juniors Natalie Molstad and Morganne Goodson and freshman Cassidy Bucklin. But Robertson is also a bit of a rarity, the top club swimmer who trains with her high school team during the spring season.

Many other club swimmers only show up to the high school team on meet days. But Robertson is there with the other Sailors, mostly primarily water polo players, for practice.

"Honestly, I enjoy the 10 weeks at Harbor," Robertson said. "It's nice to kind of change teams for a little bit. When you're with people for the other 42 weeks out of the year, it's nice to change sometimes. I love the [water polo] girls and I'll definitely miss them ... if everybody else is going to suffer through it, I'm part of the team too. I should do the practices with them."

Robertson, who will swim and study animal sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has had plenty to enjoy this year. She has come a long way in her four years at Newport Harbor.

As a freshman, she said she was pretty shy. It helped that Robertson's older sister, Emily, was a senior on the team. And Marissa did show promise. She set the then-school record in the 200 free relay, as Robertson, Zoe Robles, Casey Duckworth and Carly Christian swam a 1:39.40. Robertson, Christian, Carlee Kapana and Allyson Hall lowered the record to 1:38.20 last year at league finals.

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