The Fountain Valley girls, paced by junior Cynthia Fascella’s wins in the 50 free (23.04) and 100 free (50.21), placed third.
“We saw some superstars really emerge, not just with our club depth but with straight-up water polo players who really bought into the whole team and believed,” Edison Coach Keith Ryan said. “It’s incredible.”
Ryan at first wasn’t sure he wanted to take the job on, with grad school and work and getting engaged to UC Irvine swim coach Aleah Amr. But there were no complaints Friday, after the Chargers had won the title.
Tran placed first in the 100 butterfly (54.31) and also defended her Division I title in the 100 back (53.73). She was the only individual event winner for the girls, but they were too deep. Edison also had solid swims from Ellie Morrissey and Moss (fifth and seventh, respectively) in the 200 individual medley.
The Chargers finished the night by winning the 400 free relay, as Alli Gillespie, Morrissey, Warde and Tran finished in 3:28.18.
“We were getting each other pumped up the whole time,” Warde said. “We just came together at the end, obviously. It was great.”
For the Edison boys, Tom Shields finished his remarkable high school career. The Cal-bound Shields, who had set the national high school record in the 200 free at prelims (1:33.83), won the event again in 1:34.85 -- which still beat the old national record.
In the 100 fly, Shields broke his own meet record with a 47.55. Then, in a memorable close to the meet, he anchored the 400 free relay to a come-from-behind win over meet champion Capistrano Valley.
The Chargers 400 free relay team of Josh Smith, Michael Hauss, Kenny Bray and Shields finished in 3:05.27. Shields’ split was a blazing 42.88.
“It’s the second-fastest time ever, so I love it,” Shields said of his 200 free time. “It’s really fun. It’s kind of a letdown but there’s always next year, I guess ... I just feel very sentimental. I love this sport, and I love everything the CIF has done for me. I’ve got so much experience, but I’m ready to move on. I really am.”
Fountain Valley’s girls set a meet record in the 400 free relay, as Cynthia Fascella, Erika Lucas, Danica Fascella and Shelby Webber touched in 1:34.94.
Webber, a sophomore, was also second to Cynthia Fascella in the 100 free.