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July 11, 2013
Warning signs were posted Thursday at Little Corona Beach after a routine sample showed bacteria levels that exceed standard health levels, officials said. Beachgoers were urged to avoid going in the water in a 500-foot stretch of the beach, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The effected area is near a storm drain, but it's unclear whether urban run-off could have caused the elevated bacteria levels, said Larry Honeybourne, the agency's program manager. The agency tests the water at Little Corona two or three times a week for bacteria that can indicate the presence of disease-causing bacteria, but does not test for viruses or certain bacteria specifically.
NEWS
March 8, 2002
The Orange County Health Care Agency issued a rain advisory on Thursday, warning swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water. After steady rainfall, the bacteria count in the water tends to jump for about three days. The rain usually washes down storm drains and outlets of creeks and rivers and collects pollution on its way to the ocean. These channels carry urban runoff -- motor oil residue, animal waste and decomposing vegetation -- during the dry months.
NEWS
August 1, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Last weekend's forecast called for large surf but didn't mention anything like the monster swells that crashed ashore Monday, sending more people to the hospital and lifeguards repeatedly out to sea. "Instead of 6-foot surf, we're getting 8 to 10 feet and even 12," said Jim Turner, lifeguard captain with the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. This is the "first big storm" of the summer, Turner said, adding that towering surf is not unusual at this time of year.
LOCAL
November 26, 2008
Orange County Health Care Agency officials are notifying the public to be wary of bacteria levels in the water since the latest rainstorm. An ocean advisory announced Wednesday urged swimmers to avoid Orange County coastal waters for the next three days, especially areas near runoff. Health officials have issued an advisory off the 33rd Street channel on top of the long-term advisory at the Newport Harbor Marina at Pacific Coast Highway and Newport Boulevard. For more about Orange County’s ocean, bays and harbor postings and closures, call (714)
NEWS
July 19, 2000
Evans LOS ANGELES - Newport Harbor High sophomore and Irvine AquaZot club member Nicole Mackey placed sixth in the women's 200-meter backstroke last weekend at the Janet Evans Invitational at USC. The meet drew some of the world's to swimmers. Mackey's time was 2:19.76. She was also 12th in the 400 individual medley ($:57.30), 13th in the 200 IM (2:21.88) and 16th in the 400 freestyle ($:26.82). She was also on the AquaZot's sixth-place 800 free relay squad and the seventh-place 400 medley relay team.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 18, 2010
A small southwest swell Thursday made the ocean off the Balboa Peninsula deceptively inviting. It caused an undertow that swept dozens of swimmers out to sea and kept the lifeguards there busy on the rescue front. That day they had to pull more than 30 swimmers out of the water, some of them floundering, others "climbing the ladder" to stay afloat, said Brian O'Rourke, a Newport Beach lifeguard captain who warned those who do not know how to swim well to watch out for the warning signs and flags on the beach.
NEWS
July 30, 2004
The Splash Aquatics swim team, which trains at Estancia High, won the Division I title at the Orange County Swim Conference Linda Kamps Memorial Pentathlon at El Toro High July 17. With 1,422 points, Splash defeated both Dolphin Aquatics of Laguna Niguel (763 points) and Cerritos Aquatics (646 points). After winning Division II of the Pentathlon for the last three years, including the overall title at the OCSC championships last year, Splash was moved up into Division I. "We were worried about competing against these Division I teams because they have some amazing swimmers, but our kids came through with flying colors," said Coach Cynthia Bandaruk.
NEWS
August 16, 2002
Costa Mesa's Splash Aquatics, a year-round swim program based at Estancia High, defeated Dolphin Aquatics of Laguna Niguel, Swim Team of Placentia and South Coast Aquatics Team to take the championship of the Orange County Swim Conference Division 2 Finals Sunday. Repeating their championship conquest of a year ago, more than 35 Splash swimmers also qualified for the Orange County Swim Conference championship meet held Tuesday at El Toro High, where Splash was fourth overall.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 27, 2012
Hundreds of swimmers participated in the annual Don Burns swim Saturday off Big Corona State Beach, Corona del Mar Today reported . The first place overall swimmer was Robert Margalis with a time of 17:23, and the first female overall swimmer was Cynthia Lewis with a time of 18:13. A total of 279 swimmers checked in, and 265 swimmers finished the one-mile course, organizers said. Don Burns was a beloved Newport Beach lifeguard, instructor and cadet coordinator from 1956 until 1993; he died 19 years ago. Beyond being a lifeguard, Don Burns played football at USC, was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years at Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia.
NEWS
May 3, 2000
Joseph Boo CORONA DEL MAR - There were little, if any, surprises at Tuesday's Pacific Coast League girls swim preliminaries at Corona del Mar High. That meant Corona del Mar and University put a fleet of swimmers in Friday's league championship and Costa Mesa junior Erin Bayes posted the top qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.69, six hundredths of a second behind her personal record. She has lost the 50 free only once all year, when she was sixth at the Foothill Games.
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 3, 2014
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.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
Quick action from a Costa Mesa police officer saved the life of a 4-year-old girl who nearly drowned in the family pool Monday evening, according to city officials. After a frantic 911 call from the mother, who reported her daughter wasn't breathing, Officer Matt Olin arrived at the home in the 300 block of Robinhood Lane around 6:30 p.m. and found the girl inside, where the family had laid her on the floor, according to an account from the Police Department. Her skin had turned gray.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 29, 2014
IRVINE - Do not underestimate the girls' water polo contingent on the Corona del Mar High girls' swim team. Two weeks ago it was junior Grace Morgan stepping in on the "A" relays, helping CdM win the Battle of the Bay for another year. On Tuesday afternoon at University High, sophomore Bridgett Storm took center stage. Storm sure picked a great time to win her first 200-yard freestyle race of the season. She gave her team some early-meet momentum, helping CdM accomplish something it hadn't done in eight years.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Warning signs were posted Thursday at Little Corona Beach after a routine sample showed bacteria levels that exceed standard health levels, officials said. Beachgoers were urged to avoid going in the water in a 500-foot stretch of the beach, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The effected area is near a storm drain, but it's unclear whether urban run-off could have caused the elevated bacteria levels, said Larry Honeybourne, the agency's program manager. The agency tests the water at Little Corona two or three times a week for bacteria that can indicate the presence of disease-causing bacteria, but does not test for viruses or certain bacteria specifically.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013
More than 300 kids ages 4-18 competed in the Harbor View Swim Team's "Aquaman" event two weeks ago. The first meet of the season, an intrasquad competition, features all participants racing freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, with the lowest combined time in each age group earning the "Aquaman" title. Winners were Allison Cohen and Brandon Wink in the 5-6 age category; Riley Garbutt and Dylan Salazar in the 7-8's; Abby Nutt and Connor Cohen in the 9-10's; Logan Ledger and Luke Chelf in the 11-12's; Bella Jung and Liam Mickelson in the 13-14's; and siblings Ellen and Robert Naruse in the 15-18's.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 11, 2013
It was a race Tyler Connors looked forward to all last week, the 100-yard backstroke at the Orange Coast League boys' finals. It pitted him against the league's top swimmer in the event, or so he thought. The day before the meet at Costa Mesa High, Connors didn't see the name he expected to be on the race sheet. The swimmer, Laguna Beach's Erik Juliusson, decided to skip the 100 backstroke and compete in two other individual events. So, the one swimmer that could push Connors in his best event wasn't going to be in the finals.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 10, 2013
There is something endearing about talking to Corona del Mar High senior Brynne Wong. She is one of the top prep swimmers in Southern California, but she never appears to be aloof. "Sometimes I swim … just sometimes," she proclaims on her Twitter profile. Wong always seems to be smiling, seeing the humor in a given situation, even one involving herself. Take, for example, her experience last summer at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. She was there to swim the 100-meter butterfly.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 3, 2013
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.
SPORTS
March 13, 2013
GIRLS' SWIMMING Corona del Mar 116, Woodbridge 54 CORONA DEL MAR — The Sea Kings' 200-yard freestyle relay quartet of Stephania Haralabidis, Stephanie Samudro, Brynne Wong and Ioanna Haralabidis swam a CIF Division 1 automatic time in the Pacific Coast League opener Wednesday at CdM. They touched in 1 minute, 51.24 seconds. Samudro, a junior transfer from San Marino, also won the 200 individual medley in 2:10.44, and Ioanna Haralabidis won the 100 free in 53.74. Wong captured the butterfly in 58.49 and the 50 free in 25.05.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 27, 2012
Hundreds of swimmers participated in the annual Don Burns swim Saturday off Big Corona State Beach, Corona del Mar Today reported . The first place overall swimmer was Robert Margalis with a time of 17:23, and the first female overall swimmer was Cynthia Lewis with a time of 18:13. A total of 279 swimmers checked in, and 265 swimmers finished the one-mile course, organizers said. Don Burns was a beloved Newport Beach lifeguard, instructor and cadet coordinator from 1956 until 1993; he died 19 years ago. Beyond being a lifeguard, Don Burns played football at USC, was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years at Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia.
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