BOYS SWIMMING / Athletes to Watch

* Jason Arrow, Newport Harbor, Sr.

* Rob Arroyo, Foothill, Sr.

* Kyle Baumgarner, Villa Park, Sr.

* Brett Benson, El Dorado, Sr.

* Lee Brennan, Aliso Niguel, Sr.

* Scott Davison, Mission Viejo, So.

* Jarrod Cruzat, Servite, Jr.

* John Elser, Huntington Beach, Sr.

* Matt Feeny, Mission Viejo, Jr.

* Matt Flesher, Brea Olinda, Sr.

* Daniel Kim, Irivne, Jr.

* Jeff Larson, Marina, Jr.

* Josh Louvier, Calvary Chapel, Jr.

* Jeff Natalizio, Irvine, So.

* Steve Poling, Laguna Hills, Sr.

* Robbie Quinn, Laguna Hills, So.

* Evan Ray, Mission Viejo, Jr.

* Hiro Sakoda, Sunny Hills, Sr..

* Gonny Shimura, Irvine, Fr.

* James Thornton, Foothill, Sr.

* Toyokazu Tsujino, El Modena, Sr.

* Frank Uxa, Santa Margarita, Sr.

* Rob Williams, Corona del Mar, Sr.

League Favorites

Century: Foothill; Empire: El Dorado; Freeway: Sunny Hills; Garden Grove: Pacifica; Golden West: Servite; Olympic: Calvary Chapel; Orange: Brea Olinda; Pacific Coast: Laguna Hills; Sea View: Irvine; South Coast: Mission Viejo; Sunset: Marina.

Key Dates

Saturday, Palos Verdes Peninsula at Mission Viejo; March 24, Fountain Valley at Marina; March 27, Laguna Hills at Irvine; April 9, Clovis West, Irvine at Mission Viejo; April 8, Mission Viejo Diving Invitational; April 25, Foothill Swim Games and Mission Viejo Invitational; May 15, Southern Section Division I swimming finals; May 16, Southern Section Division II and III swimming finals.

1997 Final Poll

1. Mission Viejo; 2. Foothill; 3. Irvine; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Los Alamitos; 6. Laguna Hills; 7. El Dorado; 8. Corona del Mar; 9. Capistrano Valley; 10. Villa Park.


In the last few years, the Irvine boys' team has been overshadowed by the girls. This year, however, with the help of a strong class of freshmen, the Vaqueros are ranked first in the preseason poll and may have a shot at beating Mission Viejo in the Division I finals. . . . Mission Viejo will be looking to win its 20th Division I championship. . . . What's up with Mission Viejo? Why do the Diablos continue to stage their invitational the same day as the Foothill Games? Many coaches say it would be nice to see all of the county's best at the older of the two events, the Foothill Games.

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