Pat Cary of Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley came out of the gate with region-leading times in the 200 freestyle (1:47.04) and 100 butterfly (52.21), while teammate Brent Nolan has already gone 4:41.44 in the 500 freestyle. Mission Viejo and San Clemente were not entered in Monday's CIF Relays, but both open the South Coast League today. Mission Viejo travels to Lake Forest El Toro, while San Clemente hosts Trabuco Hills. Mission Viejo and San Clemente meet next Tuesday in what is expected to be the best dual meet of the season.

Rk Team (Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Mission Viejo (SS-Div. I)...1

2. San Clemente (SS-Div. I)...2

3. Irvine (SS-Div. I)...3

4. Servite (SS-Div. I)...4

5. Edison (SS-Div. I)...5

6. Newport Harbor (SS-Div. I)...6

7. Capistrano Valley (SS-Div. I)...7

8. Anaheim Canyon (SS-Div. I)...8

9. Santa Margarita (SS-Div. I)...9

10. Dos Pueblos (SS-Div. I)...10



The CIF Relays on Saturday at Long Beach Belmont Plaza should give an early indication of which teams have the most depth. Because most of the elite swimmers will not join their high school teams until after the U.S. spring nationals early next month, some alternates will get a chance to show they can contribute. Irvine's Elliko Heimbach, an age-group national champion from Japan, is off to a good start, producing region-leading times in the 200 freestyle (1:54.60) and 100 butterfly (57.79).

Rk Team (Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Irvine (SS-Div. I)...1

2. Santa Margarita (SS-Div. I)...2

3. Villa Park (SS-Div. I)...3

4. Newport Harbor (SS-Div. I)...4

5. San Clemente (SS-Div. I)...5

6. Foothill (SS-Div. I)...6

7. Capistrano Valley (SS-Div. I)...7

8. Laguna Hills (SS-Div. I)...8

9. Santa Barbara (SS-Div. I)...9

10. Long Beach Wilson (SS-Div. I)...10

-- Dan Arritt



Corona del Mar solidified its hold on the top spot by winning its National High School All-American tournament for the second time. North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake made a strong showing by finishing fifth. . Fullerton Troy, the seventh-place finisher, was hurt by a nonleague tiebreaker loss to Palm Desert. Brentwood, the ninth-place finisher in the tournament, won a nonleague match against No. 5 Santa Barbara, which also lost to Harvard-Westlake and has been without top player Blake Muller. Brentwood suffered a 10-8 nonleague loss to No. 7 Peninsula and a 16-2 beating by Corona del Mar.

Rk Team (Record, Sec.-Div.)...Last Week

1. Corona del Mar (10-0, SS-Div. I)...1

2. Palm Desert (4-0, SS-Div. II)...3

3. Harvard-Westlake (8-2, SS-Div. I)...8

4. Troy (10-3, SS-Div. I)...2

5. Santa Barbara (6-2, SS-Div. I)...4

6. Mater Dei (4-1, SS-Div. I)...5

7. Peninsula (6-1, SS-Div. I)...7

8. Brentwood (7-4, SS-Div. I)...6

9. El Camino Real (6-0, City)...9

10. Calabasas (7-0, SS-Div. I)...10

-- Lauren Peterson



There have been no changes in the top four spots since the preseason rankings were released, but the final six have undergone quite a shakeup. Arroyo Grande, led by a superb group of shotputters and discus throwers, makes its first appearance in the rankings. Indio, led by discus thrower Greg Garza and distance runner Joel Cota, and Pasadena La Salle, led by thrower John Caulfied, also make debuts.

Rk Team (Section-Division)...Last Week

1. Long Beach Poly (SS-Div. I)...1

2. Dominguez (SS-Div. III)...2

3. Rio Mesa (SS-Div. II)...3

4. Taft (City)...4

5. Arroyo Grande (SS-Div. I)...NR

6. St. John Bosco (SS-Div. II)...5

7. Indio (SS-Div. II)...NR

8. Loyola (SS-Div. II)...9

9. La Salle (SS-Div. IV)...NR

10. Esperanza (SS-Div. I)...6



The rankings have undergone few changes since the preseason rankings were published. Former No. 7 Irvine Woodbridge drops out of the top 10 because of a hamstring injury to defending state triple jump champion Michelle Sanford while Hesperia Sultana makes its debut. Arroyo Grande has a superb group of throwers led by Billie Jo Grant and Megan Howard, but the Eagles will be hard-pressed to crack into the top three this season as Long Beach Poly, Riverside North and Long Beach Wilson have so much depth in the sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps.

Rk Team (Section-Div.)...Last Week

1. Long Beach Poly (SS-Div. I)...1

2. Riverside North (SS-Div. II)...2

3. Long Beach Wilson (SS-Div. I)...3

4. Arroyo Grande (SS-Div. I)...4

5. L.A. Baptist (SS-Div. IV)...5

6. Rancho Cucamonga (SS-Div. I)...6

7. Atascadero (SS-Div. III)...8

8. Murrieta Valley (SS-Div. I)...9

9. Mission Viejo (SS-Div. II)...10

10. Sultana (SS-Division II)...NR

-- John Ortega



Loyola confirmed its preseason No. 1 ranking with a four-game victory at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa. San Clemente and Huntington Beach played their way into the Division I final of the Orange County Championships. Dana Point Dana Hills won the Irvine University tournament and the consolation final at the O.C. Championships, but lost individual matches to Huntington Beach and Irvine Woodbridge. Granada Hills took a five-game victory over Woodland Hills Taft.

Rk Team (Record, Sec.-Div.)...Last Week

1. Loyola (6-0, SS-Div. I)...1

2. San Clemente (3-0, SS-Div. I)...4

3. Huntington Beach (5-1, SS-Div. I)...NR

4. Mira Costa (3-1, SS-Div. I)...2

5. Esperanza (3-1, SS.-Div. I)...3

6. Simi Valley (6-0, SS-Div. I)...NR

7. San Marcos (3-1, SS-Div. I)...NR

8. Dana Hills (0-2, SS-Div. I)...NR

9. Woodbridge (3-3, SS-Div. I)...6

10. Granada Hills (6-0, City)...NR

-- Paul McLeod

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