By Dan Albano, OC Register
JSerra’s girls swim team faced a daunting, new challenge during its quest for a second consecutive CIF Division 1 title.
Instead of playing the role of surprising upstart that marked their championship season in 2012, the Lions were a hunted team this season.
“I think people are coming after them,” JSerra coach Mary McLaughlin said.
But despite the tag of favorite — which usually brings added pressure — JSerra still found its desired destination.
Thanks to an atmosphere of fun and team unity nurtured by McLaughlin, the Lions captured a second straight Division 1 crown, setting a then-national record in the 400-yard freestyle relay and four Orange County records in the process.
For her efforts, McLaughlin has been selected the Register’s girls coach of the year for 2013.
“I want to make (swimming) as fun as possible for them,” the fourth-year coach said. “I try not to make it a big deal, and let them have a good time, and this has been our result.”
JSerra took Division 1 by storm two seasons ago, leaping from a 22nd-place finish in 2011 to its first CIF title.
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