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Ocean View's McNabb twins mix it up
HUNTINGTON BEACH – It's safe to call Cami and Brynne McNabb sports fanatics.
Name a high school sport on land or in water, and chances are the Ocean View twins play it, have played it or are planning to take up the activity.
"I've played like seven different sports in high school," Brynne said with a smile.
"That's why I like the (Golden West League). It's nice to get out there (and play different sports)."
The seniors' current devotion is to water polo. They are a big reason why Golden West League champion Ocean View (21-8) will play today in the CIF-SS Division 7 quarterfinals at Beaumont at 2:30 p.m.
Cami is the goalie, while Brynne helps provide scoring from center.
The identical twins bring an array of athleticism to their positions.
In the fall, Cami started at setter for the volleyball team, while Brynne, a former volleyball player, played golf. Both of their teams advanced to the postseason.
This spring, the girls will race for their swim team, an annual transition for many water polo players. But they also will start a new sport that makes them daredevils: diving.
"My parents are like, 'Oh, don't hurt yourself,' but we love it,'" Cami said of diving.
In past springs, the twins also have played softball and participated in track and field.
"They're great athletes," Ocean View water polo coach Melissa Fernandez said.
The twins also are tough. Cami is currently playing with an injured wrist.
She injured her wrist playing volleyball in November and is wearing a brace to get through the water polo season.
"I don't want to quit," she said. "It's better for the team (if I play)."
When it comes to sports, Cami and Brynne are following the footsteps of their older sister, Holland, a former multisport athlete at Ocean View.
Holland played volleyball, water polo, softball and also competed in swimming and track.
She now plays volleyball at Saint Anselm, a DivisionII Catholic college in New Hampshire.
Cami and Brynne also aspire to play college athletics.
Cami is interested in volleyball, while Brynne wants to play water polo. Both girls maintain grade-point averages of at least 4.0.
But the playoffs are a pressing matter now. The Seahawks are seeded first in Division 7. All top-four seeds are still alive heading into the quarterfinals.
"I really hope that we can go all the way," Cami said. "I think we can."
One of Ocean View's strengths is its chemistry. The Seahawks are a tight-knit group that prides itself on playing as a unit. They also feature another sister act in Alyssa and Elena Isogawa.
"They're amazing together," Cami said of the junior and freshman tandem. "They almost read minds just as well as Brynne and I do."
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