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Laguna opens league strong

High School Roundup

Breakers boys' and girls' teams easily beat visiting Calvary Chapel to begin Orange Coast League competition.

March 20, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach | Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High boys' and girls' swim teams launched their Orange Coast League seasons Wednesday, and both teams sprinted to victory over visiting Calvary Chapel.

The boys' team posted a 120-47 win. In key races, the 200-yard medley relay team of Erik Juliusson, Cameron Karkoska, Max Morgan and Cade Baldridge, took first place and swam to a CIF automatic qualifying time of 1-minute 45.71 seconds. The Breakers swept the 100 free with Morgan taking first with a CIF automatic qualifying tie of 49.80. Karkoska placed second (49.89), and Baldridge was third (52.38).

The girls' team defeated the Eagles, 123-30. Highlights included the Breakers taking the top three spots in the 50 free. Cara Borkovec won the event with a CIF automatic qualifying time of 25.12, Bella Baldridge was second (27.08), and Faith Hale took third (28.19). Borkovec also hit a CIF qualifying time in the 100 free with a winning time of 54.51. Lila Vera qualified for CIF in the 100 butterfly, winning the race in 1:01.

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"I'm very proud of all of my swimmers' performances," Laguna Co-head Coach Beth Weber said. "We are in the middle of our heavy training block, and these athletes have been working hard putting in lots of yardage in the pool and strength training in the weight room as well. Despite being in the middle of some heavy training weeks, my swimmers are looking really strong, which means they will only get stronger and faster.

"I'm super-excited for the upcoming meets as they are on track for some great performances at league and CIF later this year."

The Breakers return to league meet action on Wednesday, at home against Costa Mesa at 3:15 p.m.

Boys' Volleyball

In a nonleague match Tuesday that pitted two top-10 teams against one another, the Breakers dropped a 25-19, 27-25, 25-21 decision at Corona del Mar.

Junior opposite Jack Burgi had 12 kills, senior JP Wollam 10 digs, and senior Cameron DePfyffer (18) and sophomore Isaac Wulff combined for 31 assists for the Breakers (3-3), the No. 3 team in CIF Southern Section Division 2.

Ryan Moss and Joey Martino both had 11 kills for the Sea Kings (7-1), the third-ranked team in Division 1.

Last weekend, Laguna went north to compete at the Dos Pueblos Tournament at UC Santa Barbara. The Breakers won their first six games to reach the tourney's title game where they fell to the top-ranked team in Division 2, San Marcos, 25-21, 25-20.

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