The Newport Hills Swim Team, known as the Killer Whales, used its depth to earn a 760-532 win over the Greenbrook Gators of Fountain Valley Saturday at NHST's Port Streets pool in Corona del Mar.
Newport Hills was led by its age 11-12 boys, 13-14 girls and 13-14 boys – all of which swam to first-place ribbons in each of the five individual events as well as winning both the medley and the freestyle relays.
Three Killer Whale swimmers were three-time winners in individual events. In the under-6 boys' division, John Laster won the 25-yard freestyle, 25 breaststroke and 25 backstroke. In the 7-8 girls' division, Bianca Bays took first-place honors in the 25 free, 25 butterfly and 50 free. In the 15-18 girls' division, Hollace Barden, a Corona del Mar High standout swimmer, showed that she is determined to leave her mark not only on the league, but also on the Newport Hills record boards before she heads off to swim for UC Santa Barbara in the fall. She lit up the pool by setting three new team records in her first-place finishes in the 100 free, 100 fly and 100 individual medley.
Newport Hills had eight swimmers that were two-time winners in individual events. In the 9-10 girls' division, Sophie Wallace grabbed first-place ribbons in the 50 free and 25 fly and Anna Wilde swam to wins in the 50 breaststroke and 50 back. In the 9-10 boys' division, Jake Bays was victorious in the 50 free and the 25 fly. In the 11-12 boys' division, Henry Wilde was first in both the 50 free and 100 IM. In the 13-14 girls' division, Jaleh Moaddeli swam to wins in the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM and Maddie Musselman was a winner in the 100 free and 50 fly. In the 13-14 boys' division, Jonathan Polos won both the 100 free and 50 fly and Taylor Cortens showed his winning ways by grabbing the gold in the 50 back and 100 IM.
Individual event winners for Newport Hills were Alexandra Boserup (25 back) in the under-6 girls' division, Miles Pluma (25 fly) in under-6 boys, Riley Hult (25 back) in 7-8 girls, Ryan McManigal (25 free) in 7-8 boys, Speedy Laster (50 back) in 9-10 boys, Lauren Openshaw (50 back) and Hana Cloherty (50 fly) in 11-12 girls, Joe Rosensitto (50 breaststroke), Kaveh Moaddeli (50 fly) and Wyatt Genc (50 back) in 11-12 boys, Natalie Wilde (50 back) in 13-14 girls, Rourke Funke (50 breaststroke) in 13-14 boys, Brooke Olson (50 breaststroke) and Elizabeth Russell (50 back) in 15-18 girls.
Newport Hills travels to Lake Forest Saturday to take on the Lake Forest II Dolphins.
— Reader submission