NOVA Wins SCS Champs

For the third year in a row, the Novaqautics have earned the top spot in Southern California Swimming with a first place finish in the SCS Club Championship Meet, February 13-16.

This competition brings together all the clubs in Southern California to compete for the championship title in our LSC, and since its inception in 2013, the Novaquatics have never lost this title.

“This in one of the few competitions in which all our swimmers, from Age-group to Senior, come together for a common goal, to be the best team in Southern California”, commented Associate Head Age-Group Coach, Rod Hansen, “It’s a testament to our hard work and commitment to the sport.”

In the process, many new team records, SCS records, and National records were achieved.  Among them were Dean Ko’s new team record in the 7-8 boy’s 100 fly (1:12.16), Humberto Najera’s 9-10 200 freestyle (2:02.32), and Hunter Hitchen’s 200 fly (1:54.55) and 400 IM (4:05.21).  In addition, new SCS records were set by our 13-14 boys in the 200 Free relay, Shawn Lou, Sean Slusiewicz, Gabe Munuz, and Hunter Hitchens (1:28.97), the 13-14 boy’s 200 Med relay, Kevin Tu, Gabe Munoz, Hunter Hitchens, and Owen Kao (1:38.83), and a new SCS and National record in the 13-14 boy’s 400 Free relay, Shawn Lou, Kevin Tu, Owen Kao, and Hunter Hitchens (3:09.70).

1. NOVA - 3529
2. AZOT - 2935
3. CANY - 2479
4. MVN - 1690
5. ROSE - 1619

NOVA High School Swimmers
It is a CIF High School rule that high school swimmers cannot represent two teams at the same time; i.e. a high school team and a club team. Therefore, all high school swimmers have to UNAT from their club teams during the high school season. The coaching staff is aware of this and will automatically UNAT all high school swimmers during the high school swim season. Swimmers and families do not need to do anything, it is already in the works.

This will happen after a swimmer's first high school swim meet.


NovaIntro is a part of the Irvine Novaquatics swim team. It offers an introduction to year round swimming and a way to improve technique and conditioning. Swimmers attend practice twice a week and have the option to participate in competitions. NovaIntro is year round, and practice is held at the Woollett Aquatic Center. To join the program, please come by for an evaluation during the following times:

When: Monday-Thursday
Where: Woollett Aquatic Center
Time: 4:30-6pm