July 27, 2006
SOUTH COAST SWIM CONFERENCE The Newport Hills Killer Whales defeated the Lake Forest II Dolphins, 737.5-563.5, in a South Coast Swim Conference home dual team meet Saturday. For Newport Hills, Taylor Cortens set a team record and pool record in the 7- and 8-year-old boys' 25-yard breaststroke (19.19 seconds). Cortens also established a team record of 32.23 in the 7-8 boys' 50 freestyle. The 6-and-under girls' group of Madison Strasmann, Emily Ritner, Ashley Humphreys and Lauren Openshaw posted a pool record of 1:22.
March 6, 2000
Joseph Boo COSTA MESA - When tryouts for Estancia High's boys swim team were held earlier this year, nine freshmen showed up. That excited Eagles Coach John Carpenter. "That's the most freshmen coming out for swimming in the last 10 years," he said. Carpenter is hoping those incoming Eagles form the basis of a solid swim program. It also means that Estancia will be able to fill every lane during meets, giving them a competitive squad. The most exciting Estancia freshman is Frank Gamboa, who already has experience in swimming competitions.
April 16, 2007
Fresh off of spring break, the Corona del Mar High swim teams can't expect to ease back into Pacific Coast League competition. That's because the Sea Kings boys' and girls' teams, both of which are undefeated in league, head to University on Wednesday to battle the Trojans. Both of Uni's teams are also undefeated in league dual meets. "We're going to have to gear it up right away," Corona del Mar girls' coach Doug Volding said. "I think the girls are excited. This will be a very close meet."
April 15, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — Coach Barry O’Dea said, for the most part, things went slightly better than form for the Corona del Mar High boys’ swim team Tuesday. But one Sea King’s willingness to tinker with his own form created the most eye-catching CdM performance in a 95-75 nonleague win over visiting Back Bay rival Newport Harbor. CdM senior Michael Liao altered his technique to dominate the field and post a season-best time of 58.06 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, more than five seconds faster than the runner-up.
May 4, 2007
LAGUNA BEACH — As events kept passing in Thursday's Orange Coast League swim finals, the Costa Mesa High girls stayed close. With their superiority in the backstroke and breaststroke, that was all they had to do — stay close and wait for their chance. When the meet ended, the Costa Mesa girls had pulled ahead and won, scoring 342 points compared to 313 for Laguna Beach and 312 for Estancia. But it was the whole team that jumped in the pool with Coach Patty Smith and celebrated.
July 17, 2010
The Newport Hills Swim Team's Killer Whales dominated the Pacific Sands Penguins of Huntington Beach with a resounding 8820-390 victory in a South Coast Swim Conference meet July 10. Newport Hills won all but one of the 23 relay events, and the under-6 girls, 7-8 girls, 9-10 boys, 11-12 girls and 11-12 boys Killer Whales all won each of their individual stroke events and both the medley and freestyle relay events. The 7-8 girls foursome of Sophie Wallace, Caroline Garell, Kelly Ramm and Anna Wilde for Newport Hills made their 100-yard freestyle victory extra special when they established a new pool record of 1 minute, 5.39 seconds, eclipsing the old pool record set in 1997 by Killer Whales Athena Meshkin, Gillian Gentry and current Newport Hills age-group coaches Mary Flynn and Paige O'Brien.
May 26, 2005
STEPHANIE GABERT Born: Oct. 21, 1989 Hometown: Newport Beach Height: 5-7 Weight: 125 Sport: Swimming Events: 100-yard breaststroke, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay Coach: Doug Volding Favorite food: past Favorite movie: "Mean Girls" Favorite athletic moment: Last year, winning her first CIF Southern Section Division II individual championship in the...
June 23, 2009
Newport Hills defeats Green Valley Even an atypical steady June rain in southern California, a number of sick swimmers and a strong opponent could not derail the Newport Hills Swim Team on June 20th when they hosted the Green Valley Dolphins in a South Coast Swim Conference dual meet at their home pool. On a day full of strong individual performances by swimmers on both teams, with one pool record shattered and another tied, the Newport Hills Killer Whales defeated the Dolphins 715.
July 26, 2011
It was one of those typical Battle of the Greenbelt face-offs. The cluster of Corona del Mar High incoming ninth-graders that was laughing and joking prior to the meet was the perfect example of the normal tenor of these neighborhood showdowns. All in this specific group have been attending early morning workouts for the first time as preparation for Corona del Mar High water polo. Such dedication and hard work among peers creates a strong bond, and it was obvious that this group shared a special closeness.
July 22, 2000
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - When you see Staciana Stitts walk confidently alongside a swimming pool, your first reaction is to think about dedication. Here's a swimmer who is completely bald. A female. She has no body hair. One's athletic instinct is to believe she has shaved to render a hydrodynamic advantage as she prepares for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. But Stitts, 18, is always this way. And has been since age 12, when her hair started falling out. "I was just brushing my hair one night," Stitts said, "and it kept coming out of my brush and hair was on my pillow that night.