May 12, 2001
Tony Altobelli BELMONT SHORE - Newport Harbor High girls swim standout Carly Geehr's fingers were probably a little more wrinkly than the rest in the first hour of the CIF Southern Section Division I finals Friday night at Belmont Plaza. Geehr, a junior, had 450 yards of finals competition under her belt before some people had finished putting quarters in the parking meters. After swimming the butterfly in the Sailors' 200-yard medley relay, Geehr was back in the pool 10 minutes later for the 200 free finals, where she and Canyon High's Erin Volcan put on a memorable performance.
May 10, 2001
Tony Altobelli BELMONT SHORE - The future is looking bright for the Corona del Mar High girls swim team and a quick glance at today's CIF Southern Section Division II preliminaries participant list can prove that. The Sea Kings will have two freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and a senior competing on the girls side, with four of those swimmers in two events each. "It's exciting to be so young," CdM Coach Doug Volding said. "We're going to be well represented, better than we've had in years past.
May 9, 2001
Tony Altobelli BELMONT SHORE - If only the CIF would allow Newport Harbor High junior Aaron Peirsol free reign on the pool in this year's CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries and finals this week at Belmont Plaza. "If Aaron could swim all the events, I would have no doubt in my mind, he could win every Division I event, except maybe the breaststroke events," Newport Coach Brian Kreutzkamp said about his 2000 Olympic silver medalist. "That shows just how versitle he really is."
April 6, 2001
BELMONT SHORE - Corona del Mar High girls swim coach Doug Volding was all smiles Thursday following his team's standout showing at the CIF Relays Preliminaries at Belmont Plaza. All seven of his teams qualified for Saturday's finals, with three teams earning berths in the championship bracket. Brittney Bowlus led off the 6 x 50 free with a CIF-qualifying time of 25.72 as CdM logged a fourth-place effort of 2:34.98. With Bowlus were Kim McKay, Christina Hewko, Jackie McCoy, Vivian Liao and Lauren Powers.
April 5, 2001
CORONA DEL MAR - The Corona del Mar High girls swim team took the top three in five events and swept the relays to earn a 114-49 Pacific Coast League victory over visiting Estancia Wednesday. CdM sophomore Niki Hendrickson completed a CIF consideration time when she finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.65). She finished ahead of teammate Hayley Sheetz, and behind the Sea Kings' Lauren Powers. Corona also swept in the 200 freestyle that Lindsay Daley won, the 200 individual medley that freshman Kimberly McKay won, the 500 freestyle that Brittney Bolwus won and the 100 breaststroke that Hendrickson won. Estancia senior Jennifer Cassity led an Eagles' sweep in the 50 freestyle.
May 18, 2000
COSTA MESA - The Costa Mesa Top Guns, a girls under 12 squad from AYSO Region 120, lost its final spring select season game, 2-1, to Belmont Shores. Melissa Murphy scored the lone goal for the Top Guns. Other offensive standouts include Brooke Maxfield, Alissa Hilliard and Phoebe Chang. Leading the defense was Emily Leece, Arion Ingram, Lisa Newton, Kristen Paulsen, Brianna Vanderwal and Taylor Feldman. Keeping the balls out of the goals were keepers Mikyla Lux, Melissa Murphy, Avery Williams and Nichole Johnson.
May 12, 2000
Barry Faulkner BELMONT SHORE - Newport Harbor High girls swimming coach Ken Lamont didn't initiate the rumor that his Sailors could capture their first CIF Southern Section team championship ever. He heard it through the grapevine. Lamont, whose Sailors did plenty to strengthen their case at Thursday's Division I preliminaries, said opposing coaches took notice of the arsenal of talent the Tars will present at tonight's 6 o'clock finals at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
May 11, 2000
BELMONT SHORE - Newport-Mesa District boys and girls swimmers will be among those competing for berths in the CIF Southern Section Division Finals, when preliminaries begin today at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Division I hopefuls, including Newport Harbor High boys standout Aaron Peirsol and top Sailor girls, Nicole Mackey and Carly Geehr, will begin pursuit of one of eight berths in the championship finals, when prelims begin at 10 a.m. The Division II prelims, including swimmers from Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa, start at 4:30 p.m. In addition to eight spots in the championship finals, eight swimmers, and/or relay teams, will qualify for a consolation final in each division.
November 25, 1999
Joseph Boo BELMONT SHORE - The wait is over. For the seniors on Corona del Mar High's boys water polo team, their career has been filled with so many dreams, but it took four years and a hard-fought 8-6 victory over defending champion Servite to finally achieve it with a CIF Southern Section Division II title on Wednesday. "We worked our (butts) off for four years for this," CdM senior two-meter man Garret Gentry said. "Four years of work, 17 years of training, this is it right here," senior Alex Niehenke said.