Poly swim

Chants of "back to back" echoed throughout the Cabrillo High pool on Friday night after the Poly girls swimming team won the Moore League Title by one point.

"This was really our win," Poly senior Isabella Magalong said. "It wasn't just varsity's win, everybody pulled their weight. It's just unbelievable that we get to share this experience together."

Magalong won four races including being apart of two winning relays, none of which was more important than the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet. The Jackrabbits trailed by five points entering the race but the relay team of Magalong, juniors Fion Quach and Anja Oca and freshman Josie Liebzeit set a meet record time of 3:37:36 to clinch the Jackrabbits their second straight league title.

"That was closer than is comfortable but was so fun," Poly coach Kalani Caldwell said. "There splits on that relay, they have never swam that fast before."

The Jackrabbits had motivation after watching their boys team lose to Wilson on the final race of the day on Thursday.

"They were here last night, they saw what happened to the boys," Caldwell said.

"Everybody was like, 'you have to win this relay,'" Magalong said. "Adrenaline ran through my body."

It was an emotional day for Wilson. Wilson swimmers (boys and girls) had the letters "LB" written on their arms in memory of Bruins assistant coach Latham Bell, who passed away suddenly on Friday morning.

"It's been a tough day," an emotional Maggi Twinem, Wilson's head coach said.

Bruins senior Mia Tedesco won two races including breaking the league and meet record with a time of 23.37 in the 50-yard freestyle and said Friday's performance was in honor of Bell.

"We all had a drive today to do it for him," Tedesco said.

A seat with the initials "LB" was put next to the officials table as well as an image of Bell, which was put on the video board following the conclusion of the event.

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