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All eyes on a repeat

Edison girls' swimming program hopes to capture its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division I title Friday.

May 13, 2010|By Mike Sciacca

Edison High swimming co-Coach Diggy Riley knows that Friday can't come to fruition if Wednesday wasn't what it was supposed to be.

Last spring, the Edison girls' swim team captured the program's first CIF Southern Section championship. Since achieving that lofty status as Division I champs, the Chargers have been unstoppable this year in dual meets, both in nonleague and Sunset League competition. To top off the regular season, just last week they swam to the Sunset League finals crown at Newport Harbor.

On Wednesday, Edison began its bid for a title repeat at the CIF Southern Section Division I Swimming and Diving preliminaries at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. The Division I finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, also at Belmont Plaza Pool.

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To take CIF again would be, well, the proverbial icing on the cake for the Edison girls.

But, as Riley stressed, first things first.

"The key to winning CIF is having huge swims at prelims," said Riley, who is co-coach with Keith Ryan of both the Edison girls' and boys' teams. "The (CIF) meet is won by what happens in the pool at Wednesday's prelims. It's all about making it back to the finals and putting yourself in a position to score points for the team."

The Chargers have a solid core of athletes back from last year's team that won individual or team championships at the CIF meet. Among them is senior Cindy Tran, who won the girls' Division I 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke events, Tran, Sarah Moss and Danielle Warde (a fourth member, Monique Wilson, graduated last June) won the 200 medley relay in CIF record time (1:43.60), and the team of Tran, Warde, Alli Gillespie and Ellie Morrissey won the 400 free relay.

But with winning comes notoriety, and Tran said she's aware of it.

"We are definitely excited to have the chance to win CIF again, but it's also nerve-racking at the same time," said Tran, who will swim next year at Cal. "We are really positive and pumped heading into prelims and we know what we can do, but we aren't over-confident. We know we're a marked team. We're expected to do well, but other teams, like University and Fountain Valley, are talented and will be right up there contending for the title."

The 2010 Chargers seemingly haven't lost a stroke after losing key scorers Wilson and Kierstin Colesen from last year's championship team. Riley said that sophomore Abby Oshiro and freshman Kylie Boyce should fill that scoring void at this year's CIF meets.

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