Northwood boys and girls win Pacific Coast League swimming titles – Orange County Register


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  • The Northwood boys’ and girls’ swim teams celebrate their victories in the Pacific Coast League Finals at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register/SCNG)

An important American meet in North Carolina this week knocked some of Orange County’s top high school swimmers away from their league championships.

But the International Team Trials didn’t hold all the exciting races.

Cheers, pom poms and shiny pink swim caps filled the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday for the Pacific Coast League Finals.

And by the time the waters calmed, the league boys set three records and the boys and girls of Northwood swept the titles.

The Timberwolves celebrated their first women’s championship and defense of their boys’ crown with a wild victory dive featuring swimmers and coaches Alex Nieto and Shiela Shaikh.

“It’s exciting,” Nieto said. “Everyone is here. It’s a fun league.

The Northwood girls used their depth to score 547.5 points to outrun defending champion Woodbridge (508) and Portola (477.50). The Timberwolves boys set a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 32.37 seconds) and received two wins from rookie Derek Hitchens en route to 589 points to sprint past Woodbridge (422) and Portola (379),

Two-time sophomore winners Alexia Duncan of Irvine and Jacob Wang of Woodbridge took home swimmer honors of the meet. Wang edged Northwood’s Christopher Leung to win the 50 freestyle in a meet best and personal best 20.80.

The day’s performance came from college senior Matthew Lou, who edged out league record holder Tona Zinn of Laguna Hills in the 100 breaststroke with a meet best of 54.84.

In other league finals:

In the Trinity:

Santa Margarita teammates Teia Salvino and Lindsay Ervin battled it out in the 50 and 100 freestyle finals at Santa Margarita High.

Salvino, a sophomore, edged Ervin, a senior, by six hundredths of a second to win the 50 freestyle in 22.83. Ervin, heading northwest, bounced back to hit the first of the 100 freestyle in a meet record 49.48, two hundredths of a second ahead of Salvino.

Santa Margarita’s Macky Hodges set meet records in the 200 freestyle (1:46.48) and 100 backstroke (53.76).

On the South Coast:

Tesoro senior Anders Aistars presented his freestyle range at El Toro. The Harvard engagement won the 200 freestyle in 1:37.64 and won the 100 freestyle in a meet best 44.53.

In the sea view:

Arizona native Maya Gallimore of San Juan Hills clocked league record times of 22.98 and 50.44 to sweep the 50 and 100 freestyle at Capistrano Valley. San Juan Hills junior David Schmitt hit a league record 48.98 in the 100 butterfly.

In the Surf League:

The Los Alamitos men’s mix clocked a meet-best 1:34.11 and Fountain Valley rookie Kaitlyn Nguyen won the 200m individual medley in a fast 2:01.94 at Golden West College.

In the Crestview league:

The boys and girls of Foothill swept the titles in their home pool while Austin De La O of Villa Park and Haley Newman of Canyon were selected as swimmers in the competition.

In the Freeway League:

Sonora’s Joey Kling won the 100 in 49.91 while the Sunny Hills girls and Troy boys won team titles in Troy.

In CIF-SS diving:

Fullerton’s Abigail Ekstrom won the Division 3 title with a score of 552.15 at the Marguerite Aquatics Complex to post the second-highest score for all four women’s divisions.