Laguna wraps up perfect swim season

The Laguna Beach High boys' and girls' swim teams ended their Orange Coast League campaign Wednesday by securing undefeated regular-season titles.

In their final meet at Costa Mesa, the Laguna boys defeated the Mustangs, 118-52, and the girls won, 100-64. Both Breakers teams went 5-0 in the league season.

The OCL prelims are Tuesday and finals are Thursday. Both meets start at 2 p.m. at Costa Mesa High.

"I am excited about what my athletes are capable of doing next week at league," Laguna Coach Kari Johnson said. "I think they will all have one of the best meets of their season. In my opinion, we are the team to beat next week."

Below are Wednesday event winners for both Laguna teams:

Boys: 200 individual medley (Dane Doran, 2:10.50); 50 free (Erik Henrikson, 23.67); 100 butterfly (Billy Wild, 53.99); 100 free (Billy Wild, 52.75); 500 free (Erik Juliusson, 4:57.97); 100 backstroke (Erik Juliusson, 55.46); 100 breaststroke (Billy Wild, 1:06.96); 200 medley relay (Juliusson, Caleb Scott, Wild, Henrikson, 1:44.56); 200 free relay (Riley Thomas, Doran, Tommy Renner, Samer Alkateb, 1:37.41); 400 free relay (Juliusson, Henrikson, Thomas, Wild, 3:35.84).

Girls: 200 free (Lexi Del Toro, 2:06.36); 200 IM (Yoshi Andersen, 2:21.59); 100 butterfly (Lila Vera, 1:00.82); 500 free (Melena Masson, 5:16.08); 100 backstroke (Lila Vera, 1:02.69); 100 breaststroke (Lexi Del Toro, 1:16.18); 200 medley relay (Vera, Del Toro, Andersen, Masson), 1:56.60); 200 free relay (Andersen, Del Toro, Masson, Vera, 1:44.67); 400 free relay (Faith Hale, Jenna Knott, Maggie Renner, Kirra Nash, 4:18.09).


Boys' Tennis

The Breakers repeated as Orange Coast League champion after defeating host Costa Mesa, 11-7, on Tuesday. They improved to 7-0 in league and wrapped up league play Thursday against Saddleback. The score wasn't available at press time.

Morgan Lebby played two sets at No. 1 singles for the Breakers and won both. Zach Pratto also played and won twice at No. 2 singles, and Andrew Koumas (6-4) and Tim Nguyen (6-4) each won a set at No. 3 singles.

Doubles teams Austin Loomis/Oliver Nasiell, Sebastian Roger/Schuyler Vanderveen, Jared Boetes/Matt Meissberger, Connor Thomas/Sam Wellsfry and Alex Duong/Noah Radach also picked up points for the Breakers.

Laguna was coming off a 15-3 league win April 19 over Godinez. Breakers top singles player, junior Teague Hamilton, stayed unbeaten in match play after scoring a 6-0 win.

Hamilton, ranked No. 20 in the United States Tennis Assn. Southern California Section and No. 166 nationally in the USTA Boys' 16s age group, will compete at the prestigious Ojai Tournament. The event started Thursday and continues through Saturday.

Next week, Laguna is hosting the Orange Coast League tournament Wednesday and Thursday.


Boys' Volleyball

The Breakers ran their Orange Coast League record to 7-0 Tuesday by sweeping visiting Calvary Chapel, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16. Laguna, ranked third in Division 2, also improved to 17-8 overall.

"Prior to the match, I talked to the guys about playing with a sense of urgency and they responded well," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "Calvary came out with a lot of fire and was serving tough, but our passing steadied and we were able to control the ball better as the match progressed. This gave us lots of opportunity to score.

"Weston Barnes (19 kills) had a strong offensive game and JP Wollam came off the bench to give us a spark with several tough serves and great backcourt play. Overall, I am pleased with (tonight's) performance and hope we continue to improve and stay healthy."

Austin Hillemann finished with 12 kills, Jake Hexburg had 13 digs and Grifan Fair added 35 assists.

In a nonleague match between ranked teams, Laguna was swept at Dana Hills on April 20. The Dolphins, ranked seventh in Division 1, emerged with a 26-24, 25-18, 28-26 victory. Barnes had 17 kills, Hillemann 10 kills, Hexburg and Jack Winn each had 11 digs and Fair had eight digs and 37 assists.

Laguna played Godinez on Thursday but the score wasn't available at press time. The Breakers close out their league and regular-season schedules next week with a Monday match at Costa Mesa, followed by a Wednesday home contest against Saddleback.


Boys' Golf

The Breakers were upended, 216-225, by Calvary Chapel on Tuesday at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.

Laguna will compete next week at the Orange Coast League individual championships at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach. The opening round of the league tournament is at 1 p.m. Monday. Round two is at 1 p.m. Tuesday.


Track and Field

The Breakers are hosting the Orange Coast League prelims and finals meets next week. Prelims start at 3 p.m. Monday and finals at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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