Two Marina High girls' relay teams went into the school's track and field record books last weekend at the California Relays in Norwalk.
On the opening day of the California Relays at Cerritos College Friday, the Vikings' foursome of Sara Van Dyke (1,200), Julia Robinson (400), Emily Taylor (800) and Laura Hollander (mile) set a new school record at 12 minutes 31.10 seconds in the Distance Medley Relay. On Saturday, Van Dyke, Katie Durant, Taylor and Hollander established a new record time of 21:24.80 in the 4 X 1,600, bettering the previous school record by more than 26 seconds, Marina Coach Dick Degen said.
"It was awesome," Hollander said. "I was really happy with how we did in the Distance Medley Friday and we came back really pumped up on Saturday and set another record. This is the first school record I've been a part of and it feels great."
The two relay teams weren't the only record-setting performances by Marina athletes at the California Relays. Karl Baranov set a meet time of 9:14.43 in the Boys' Invitational 3,200 race. Another top finish was turned in by Karl Wenberg, who ran 1:58:35 in the Boys' Invitational 800 to finish second.
In a Sunset League opener Tuesday, the Edison boys' team defeated host Fountain Valley, 118-52, and the Charger girls defeated the Barons, 100-70. Junior Josh Smith won the boys' 100 backstroke in 53.24, a time that Coach Diggy Riley said is tops this year in Orange County. Sophomore Kylie Boyce was a winner in both the 200 individual medley (2:10.41) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.54).
Riley said that a pair of Edison swimmers, NCAA champion Cindy Tran (Class of 2009) and NCAA participant Yasi Jahanshahi (Class of 2008), came out to support the Chargers.
In other boys' Sunset action, Huntington Beach fell, 98-72, to Los Alamitos. Noah Harrison (200 IM, 2:05.98, first) and Griffin Camps ( 500 free, 4:56.80, second) performed well for the Oilers.
Edison senior Brenton Visnoski will compete in the Senior Division for Team California at the 22nd annual National High School Wrestling Championship and Convention next week at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va.
The team departs Wednesday for the event and returns April 5. Competition will be held March 31 to April 3 in the following weight classes: 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285. The top eight finishers in each division will be recognized as a high school Senior All-American.
Visnoski placed sixth in the 145 weight division earlier this month at the CIF State Wrestling Championships.
The national competition will be televised on the Versus Network.
Santa Margarita defeated Newport Harbor, 25-12, 22-25, 15-11, Monday at Edison to capture the championship of the 37th annual Orange County Championships. Huntington Beach went 3-2 at the tournament, defeating Fountain Valley, Dana Hills and Edison, with losses against Mater Dei and Newport Harbor.
Edison went 2-3 with wins over Los Alamitos and Servite and losses to Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar and Huntington. Fountain Valley scored wins over JSerra and Orange Lutheran. Santa Margarita's Spencer Buckley was named tournament MVP.
The Sunset League schedule begins Tuesday with Edison at Fountain Valley (6 p.m.), Huntington hosting Los Alamitos (5:45 p.m.) and Marina at Newport Harbor (5:45 p.m.).