A special group of athletes arrived on the North Coast Section swimming scene four years ago, and the assault on the record books was on.

They schooled their elders from the start of their high school careers and cheered each other on through some impressive showings at last June's Olympic trials.

Indeed, the class of 2013 is something special in the pool.

"It's maybe the best class in North Coast history," said Ron Heidary, Campolindo's longtime coach. "It's incredibly fast, and there's so much talent. I think kids feed off of it, and it makes everyone better."

This weekend's NCS championships will serve as the final high school meet for the decorated class.

Trials are Friday and finals begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Concord Community Pool.

Heidary's dynamic senior duo of Sven Campbell and Steven Stumph, the combined owners of five section records in individual events, will represent Campolindo one last time.

Carondelet has senior star power of its own in Chelsea Chenault and Madison White, who have each won four individual section titles in their careers and helped set a national record in the 200-yard medley relay two years ago.

Then there's Foothill's Celina Li and Las Lomas' Jackson Miller, who have also done their part in their class' rewrite of the NCS and league record books.


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Between Stumph, Campbell and Miller, the only individual boys NCS records that have yet to be broken by this group of seniors are the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. And those could be in jeopardy, too.

After winning the past three 200 individual medley titles, Stumph is forgoing that event to test himself in the 100 butterfly. His seed time of 48.84 seconds surely makes him a candidate to topple Max Horrell's 2009 mark of 48.38.

De La Salle's David Morgan, Miramonte's Charlie Wiser, Amador Valley's Bryan Hughes and Acalanes' Brett Usinger also have been making NCS championship races since their freshman year.

"I came in as a freshman and knew my class was heavily loaded," Miller said. "It's always exciting because I come to meets like this and I see these guys putting down times that I think everyone's really impressed with. It's cool to be a part of that, and we're all real good friends."

On the girls side, Chenault, Li and White are among the top high school swimmers in the country. Chenault and Li even came close to making the Olympic team last summer, each qualifying for a final at the pressure-packed Olympic trials.

Li was sixth in the 200-meter I.M., and Chenault was just two tenths of a second away from a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle, which would have sent her to London as part of a relay team.

Unfortunately for spectators, these elite swimmers all specialize in different events, and the only time any of them may go head-to-head in the pool this weekend would be in a relay.

So if Campbell and Miller, longtime friendly rivals, find themselves racing against each other in one of the freestyle relays, they'll treasure the moment. And don't be surprised if they produce scorching times.

"It's really been an honor, if anything, to by chance be in this class," Campbell said. "You want that, you want to be against these guys. You want to be racing against people that are going to make you try."