March 6, 2001 |
If the South Coast Relays last weekend are a sign of things to come, just hand the Southern Section trophies to the boys' and girls' swim teams from Irvine. Each team completed a clean sweep of all 14 events at Saddleback College, and the girls broke three meet records in the process. The squads are both favored to win their respective Division I titles, giving the girls' six in a row and for the boys, back-to-back championships.
March 3, 2001 |
It was 15 years ago that Scott Hinman began coaching girls' swimming at Irvine High. Back then, the Vaquero team traveled to the Southern Section finals in a van. "We would only have five or six swimmers make the finals," Hinman said. "And only one of those was a girl." But ever since Olympian Amanda Beard set foot on the Irvine pool decks, things have changed, and now when the Vaqueros head to the finals, a bus is required just for the girls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 |
Hoping to continue Orange County's legacy of Olympic medal-winning performances in swimming, diving and water polo, the Board of Supervisors plans to develop an Olympic training facility at the El Toro Marine base. In a rare unanimous move by the five-member board, which has been deeply divided over plans to build an international airport on the base, supervisors voted to open the base's indoor pool to the Irvine Novaquatics.
August 13, 2000 |
In April, Gabrielle Rose was retired from swimming. She was burnt out, frazzled, the love of her sport gone. Unable to give it her all, Rose compiled a resume and set up job interviews at Silicon Valley dot-coms. She was a new Stanford grad with a degree in American Studies and a new life to start. Five months later, Rose is going to the Olympics instead. The job can wait. Saturday night, Rose, 22, swimming for the Irvine Novaquatics, became the unlikeliest qualifier yet.
July 29, 2000 |
Keiko and Kosuke Amano are the personification of the phrase, "Different strokes for different folks." There's 17-year-old Keiko, a top-notch sprinter who took the fast lane to swimming success. Then there's 16-year-old Kosuke, a hard-working distance swimmer who took longer to develop but has begun to shine this year. The sister-brother tandem has competed for the Ventura-based Buenaventura Swim Club and Villanova Prep School in Ojai for three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 |
The battle over the former El Toro Marine base has been about a lot of things: airport noise, traffic, safety, political pressure, ballot initiatives. But it's also about those who love to swim. For more than a year, youngsters from the Irvine Novaquatics, a nationally ranked swim club, have waited while their adult leaders negotiated with Orange County to lease an unused pool at the base.