Swim to Win


Written By: Delaney Knipp

The Newport Harbor Girls’ Swim team has a history of dominating in meets within the Sunset League Conference, and this year is no exception. With a current 3-0 record against teams such as Edison, Huntington Beach, and last year’s champions, the Fountain Valley Barons, the girls are looking to make waves during the rest of their season. With star swimmers such as junior twins Ayla and Zoe Spitz leading this year’s team, the Sailors set out to dominate in the pool and win the league title.

Tuesday’s meet against the Edison Chargers yielded a 110-60 victory for the Sailors, an accomplishment that has been achieved for the first time in ten years. Not only did they come away victorious overall, the Sailors were successful in winning every event that they competed in, which included all three relay events.

The Spitz twins came away from the meet with two race wins each; A. Spitz in the 50-yard freestyle (24.17s) and the 100-yard backstroke (55.76s) and Z. Spitz in the 100-yard Butterfly (57.95s) and the 100-yard Freestyle (53.05s). Junior Kili Skibby won the 100 breaststroke in one minute and 10.96 seconds, and sophomore Carly Yasko was successful in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.95.

Part of the reason for the Girls’ Aquatics team’s is the consistently successful coaching of head coach Brian Melstrom. This winter, Melstrom led the Girls’ Water Polo team to a CIF Victory against Santa Barbara, and he is looking to find the same success within the swim team this Spring. However, at the beginning of last month, Melstrom announced that after 10 years with the aquatics program at Newport Harbor, he will be retiring from the position of head coach. Although the program will be sad to see him go, the girls will continue being successful as they move forward in the coming years. Good luck to the Girls’ Swim Team as they take on Los Alamitos on April 24th at home, Go Sailors!


Photos courtesy of Newport Harbor Girls Aquatics website.