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Mater Dei’s new aquatics building has been blessed, and is now open.
The building, home to the Monarchs' boys and girls water polo teams and boys and girls swim teams, features locker rooms, a storage room and snack bar on the first floor.
IRVINE UC Irvine’s players swam slowly toward their bench as Hawaii celebrated in the pool after earning a trip to the NCAA championships.
When the waves from Sunday’s Big West Conference women’s water polo tournament finally settled, UC Irvine and Hawaii appeared headed in different directions, at least for now.
UC Irvine’s women’s water polo team will be seeking an automatic bid to the NCAA championships when it plays host to the Big West Conference tournament this weekend.
The winner of the three-day event, which runs Friday through Sunday at Anteater Aquatics Complex, earns a spot in the eight-team N
LOS ANGELES – Rivalries filled the pool Saturday as USC's women's water polo team played host to Stanford.
The match pitted the top two ranked squads in the nation along with several ex-Orange County standouts with their own history.
Stanford and Corona del Mar graduate Kate Baldoni had the final say.
Baldoni made n
Sam Bailey faced a difficult decision but the opportunity at Beckman was too good to pass up.
So after three seasons of coaching Corona del Mar’s girls water polo team as a walk-on, he accepted an offer to coach boys and girls water polo and teach social studies at Beckman.
Bailey called Beckman an “exciting” ne
MVP: Ashley Zwirner, Foothill, Sr.
First Team: Nicole Williams (Canyon, Sr.); Sydney Stocks (El Dorado, Sr.); Megan Little (El Modena, Sr.); Ashley Diaz (Esperanza, Sr.); Jessica Wilson (Esperanza
When Santa Margarita's girls water polo team needed a goal in sudden-death overtime in a key league game, Haley Wan delivered.
When the Eagles needed to rally for a CIF title, she poured in more goals.
When they needed someone to guard the best player on the rival school, she took the assignment.
And when Santa Mar
IRVINE Corona del Mar's girls water polo team introduced two improved ingredients to its championship formula Saturday night.
The Sea Kings unleashed a super-charged counterattack and an unrelenting press defense for their showdown against rival Newport Harbor in the CIF Division 1 final.
The two elements mixed with a healthier t
IRVINE – It's said that power-play efficiency is one of the best gauges of team chemistry in water polo.
To score, teammates need to quickly find their positions and pass the ball to get the open shot in the all-important chance with the extra attacker.
Corona del Mar did just that Wednesday night to not only show their imp
Corona del Mar's season-long chemistry project passed a critical test Saturday.
With Greek transfer Stephania Haralabidis playing the role of scorer and distributor, and goalie Erica Weed anchoring the defense, Corona del Mar's third-seeded girls water polo team rallied past visiting No. 6 Los Alamitos, 7-5, in a CIF Division 1 quarterfi
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The brackets include dates, times and sites for all of the divisions and will be updated all the way to the championship games.
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Yorba Linda's girls water polo team had plenty to celebrate Thursday, and didn't hold back.
The Mustangs leaped back into the pool after defeating visiting Pacifica, 15-9, in a Division 6 showdown for the Empire League title.
It was Yorba Linda's first league crown and a payback of sorts after losing the title last season to Paci
Los Alamitos girls water polo coach Dave Carlson notices something happens to Newport Harbor goalie Cleo Harrington in crucial matches.
"She seems to play her best," he said. "(Wednesday) night was one of them."
Newport Harbor's junior goalie made 13 saves, and Christina O'Beck scored a game-high three goals
IRVINE – If Orange County's top water polo teams weren't sold on Santa Barbara's CIF Division 1 title chances before Saturday, they should be now.
Santa Barbara's girls used a stifling press to sink the county's top two ranked teams to win the Irvine SoCal Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
In the fi
NEWPORT BEACH – A cohesive Corona del Mar girls water polo team showed its capabilities Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Irvine Southern California Championships.
And it didn't look like a good development for the rest of Division 1.
The Sea Kings overcame a heavy dose of adversity in the first half against Los Alam
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Newport Harbor girls water polo coach Bill Barnett said Saturday's game against No. 4 Santa Margarita was played in a monsoon.
It was hard to disagree with him, as the weather changed from overcast to pouring rain, then foggy, and finally reverted back to a steady downpour.
The weather conditions as
Newport Harbor girls water polo coach Bill Barnett uses video as a teaching tool for his players. But if he wanted to make a defensive highlights video on his team's effort Friday, the quality material is available courtesy of the No. 2 Sailors.
The goaltending tandem of Cleo Harrington and Carlee Kapana shared duties for the first time
Girls water polo highlights from Tuesday:
In the South Coast League:
Dana Hills 10, No. 9 San Clemente 9 (OT): Junior Molly Wilbur scored five goals, including the winner at the end of the second three-minute overtime, to help the visiting Dolphins (13-11, 2-2) stun the county and CIF-SS Division 2 ranked Tritons (9
Mater Dei and Santiago of Corona dueled for another girls water polo title Saturday night.
In a matchup of Division 2 contenders, the Sharks defeated the Monarchs, 9-8, in the final of the America's Finest City Invitational in Coronado.
Mackenzie Barr, Sydney Blubaugh, Brianna Daboub and freshman Mia Salvini each scored twice for
SANTA ANA – Foothill's girls water polo team needed to steady itself a few times Friday night from the powerful waves delivered by Laguna Beach and sophomore Makenzie Fischer.
It was just the type of test the Knights needed.
Lefty Ashley Zwirner scored on a high-arching, cross-cage lob shot with 1:40 left in the first three