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Meet #5, South Irvine Dolphins at College Park Splash Irvine is the swim capital of the world. Excited cheering gushed out from at least a dozen pools in Irvine on Saturday morning, the last dual meet of this extraordinary 2022 Irvine Swim League season. The enthusiasm is everywhere, but nowhere was it stronger than at College Park, where the Dolphin Spirit was overwhelming. College Park splashed a challenge at the Dolphins, who rose to meet the moment. Even more important, the Dolphins are shifting their focus to the Irvine Swim...

Meet #4 South Irvine Dolphins at Westpark Marlins At the second stop of the Dolphins’ historic road trip, we saw the much-anticipated contest between speedy fish and speedy marine mammals. The Dolphins acquitted themselves honorably in the fin-ish confrontation, swimming with vigor and poise. In addition to the swimming, it’s worth celebrating the exemplary sportsmanship Dolphins demonstrated, extending a friendly fin to their competitors after a tight finish. The Dolphin coaching core also deserves kudos for preparing the team and moving the meet along. It was a tough day for...

Meet #3 South Irvine Dolphins at Heritage Park Seals Now past the halfway point in the greatest Dolphin season ever, the Pod is beginning preparations for Champs in August. This week, for the first time in this already memorable season, we took the Dolphin show on the road, and it was impressive. Facing the Seals, another quick collection of marine mammals, offered the Dolphins the chance to perform in historic Woollett Aquatics Center. Irvine Swim League holds its Championship Meet at Woollett, which has also hosted other nearly as important...

Meet #2 North Irvine Knights at South Irvine Dolphins The North Irvine Knights took their crusade to University High, and the South Irvine Dolphins stood up to the challenge, responding with valor. University High still stands, a triumph of the Dolphin spirit and the Dolphin effort. It was a difficult meet; the Dolphins assembled on the deck early, when the day was gray and heavy, and swam hard as the sun crossed the sky and burned off the fog. Following the July 4 holiday, missing a weekend of swimming, the...

Meet #1 Woodbridge Tritons at South Irvine Dolphins When the Dolphins welcomed the Woodbridge Tritons to our University High home, we knew we were in for tough competition. The Dolphins’ heroic performance in the Irvine Swim League Championships last summer earned the team a promotion to Division I, the fastest and toughest competitive division in the league. On Saturday, the pod proved it was up to the challenge. Nathan Wu, who hadn’t set any Dolphins world records since last summer, broke into the 15-18 age group with a new South...