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Dana Hills Boys Swim Team Takes League Championship
The Dana Hills boys swim team claimed the Sea View League championship on May 2 at Capistrano Valley.
The squad ran away with the title after posting 580.5 points at the meet, 208 points clear of second-place San Clemente.
Sophomore Jan Kaatz helped collect valuable points for the Dolphins by winning the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.23) and the 100-yard breaststroke (57.77). Kaatz was also part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team and the Dolphins’ second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team.
Brandon Jannard, Bailey Harris and Mitchell Heimbach made up the rest of the 200-yard medley relay team.
Senior Kord Boniadi took home the 100-yard butterfly title after posting a time of 53.44 seconds.
The Dolphins relay teams went on to compete in the CIF-SS Championship meet on May 11, with the 200-yard freestyle team taking ninth place and the 400-yard freestyle team placing seventh. Diver Chris LaBella placed seventh.
As a team, the Dolphins finished 15th overall.
The Dana Hills girls swim team battled with Mission Viejo at the league championship meet but ended up finishing 70 points behind them in second-place.
The girls 200-yard freestyle relay team, made up of Bridget Greuel, Haley Scot, Kathryn Querner and Cassidy Humphrey, posted a time of 1:41.36, good enough for a second-place finish. The same group finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Humphrey would go on to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.55) and third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.68).
Dolphins Softball Finishes in Third, Set for Playoffs
The Dana Hills softball team’s 5-2 win over Tesoro on May 10 proved to be a crucial victory, as it vaulted the Dolphins into third-place in the South Coast League. The third-place finish in the five-team league guaranteed the Dolphins a spot in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.
The team was set to travel to play Mayfair in the first round on May 16. Results were not available at press time.
The Dolphins entered the playoffs having won two out of their last three games.
Volleyball Ousted by the Oilers in Quarterfinals
Three-set sweeps of the opponent had become the norm for the Dana Hills boys volleyball team as they headed into the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. In their previous four matches before a May 11 quarterfinals game against Huntington Beach, the Dolphins had won all four in convincing, three-set sweeps.
But in the match against the fourth-seeded Oilers it was the Dolphins who were swept, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22, putting an end to their season.
The Dolphins were led by senior middle blocker and Long Beach State commit Bryce Yould, who had 10 kills. Senior outside hitter Doug Hamman tallied nine kills and junior outside hitter Christian Hessenauer had eight in the loss.
Masciorini Advances to CIF Tennis Individuals
Junior Chase Masciorini has compiled an impressive 32-6 overall record as a singles player for the Dana Hills boys tennis team this season. As a result of his solid play, Masciorini has earned a spot in the CIF-SS Individual Tennis Sectionals round of 32.
Masciorini attempted to defend his South Coast League individual title on May 1 but lost to El Toro’s Jayson Amos, the eventual champion.
In the first round of the CIF-SS Team Championships on May 8, the Dolphins came up short against Northwood, 15-3, and were eliminated from the playoffs.
The Dolphins ended their season with a 10-7 overall record and a 5-3 record in league.