Northwood’s No. 4 boys swimming team achieved its goal, and then some, at No. 1-ranked University on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves delivered a decisive statement about the O.C. dual meet rankings by defeating the Trojans, 100-70, in the Division 1 Pacific Coast League.
Northwood (2-0 in league) won eight of the 11 events, swept the relays and clinched the meet victory in the 100-yard breaststroke.
“We really wanted to make a statement that we are one of the best teams out here,” said Northwood senior Mack Nesbit, who captured the 200 (1 minute, 44.73 seconds) and 500-yard (4:49.38) freestyles. “We showed it.”
Northwood didn’t post any county-leading times but was plenty fast and balanced. And most of all, the defending league champion was ready.
The Timberwolves won the first four events and never trailed.
Gabe Munoz, Henry Wu, Hwa Min Sim and Collin Press combined to take the medley relay in 1:36.36.
Nesbit then led a first-third finish in the 200 free with freshman Felix Zhu, a combination that also surfaced in the 500.
Shawn Lou and Munoz followed by tying for first in the 200 individual medley with touches of 1:56.69.
Northwood opened a 42-20 lead after Hitchens paced a top-three sweep in the 50 free with a 22.03.
“That was a lot of what we were hoping to do in this meet, really showcase the depth that we have and really showcase how strong this team truly is,” Northwood coach Alex Nieto said.
University won the butterfly with Aaron Lee (51.34) and the backstroke with Andrew Knoell (51.61) while the team tied, 8-8, in the 100 free.
“We raced well. We just didn’t match up that well,” said University coach Ryan Vande Wydeven, who raced without injured George Horvarth and Alex Hao. “I’m hoping, and I’m kind of thinking, it’s going to be a lot closer in league (finals).”
In the Trinity League:
No. 2 Santa Margarita 92.5, No. 3 Mater Dei 77.5: Kevin Tu and Kaikea Wilinski finished first-second in the butterfly to help pace the host…