Giving new head coach Beth Weber her first victory, the Laguna Beach High boys' and girls' swim teams launched their respective seasons Wednesday by defeating visiting Pacifica in a nonleague meet.
Weber said she will serve as co-head coach with Kari Damato, who has been head coach of the Laguna program since 2009.
Weber coached the Laguna junior varsity Breakers in 2011 and 2012 and guided the boys' teams to league titles in both years.
The Breakers return to competition Saturday at the Los Alamitos Coed Relays.
Boys' and Girls' Swimming
Co-head coaches: Beth Weber, Kari Damato
Coaching staff: Ethan Damato; Chris Stansbury.
2013 season results: Both teams captured Orange Coast League championships; girls' team placed second and boys' team was third at CIF-SS finals.
Varsity girls: Bella Baldridge; Cara Borkovec; Abby Cohn; Haley Evans; Makenzie Fischer; Aria Fischer; Faith Hale; Ally Jochim; Taylor Julson; Jenna Knott; Daniela Lucidi; Kirra Nash; Mia Salvini; Natalie Selin; Lila Vera; Olivia Vera.
Varsity boys: Aki Andersen; Rian Atherton; Cade Baldridge; Greyson Benson; Jakob Colladay; Nolan Del Toro; Jack Dodson; Branner Grimsley; Erik Juliusson; Cameron Karkoska; Max Morgan; Graham Peleaux; Trent Sadler; Henry White; Sean Whitlock.
Coach's comments: "This year both varsity girls and varsity boys are strong contenders for CIF titles," Weber said. "It's an exciting time for the Laguna Beach swim team as both sides carry a lot of depth, (strong swimmers in all events. Erik Juliusson (last year's CIF champion in the 200 free and 100 backstroke), Cameron Karkoska, Cade Baldridge, Nolan Del Toro, Max Morgan, Abby Cohn, Faith Hale, Jenna Knott, Makenzie Fischer, Lila Vera, and Kirra Nash are the team's returning CIF swimmers and have their eyes on a championship this year."
Saturday: at Los Alamitos Coed Relays, 2 p.m.
March 19: *Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
March 26: *Costa Mesa, 3:15 p.m.
April 2: *Estancia, 3:15 p.m.
April 5: at Mission Viejo Invitational, TBA
April 23: vs. *Godinez (at Santa Ana Valley High), 6 p.m.
April 30: at *Saddleback, 3 p.m.
May 6: League prelims (at Costa Mesa High)
May 8: League finals (at Costa Mesa High)
(*denotes Orange Coast League meet)