Archive for the 'Girls Water Polo' Tag Under 'OC Varsity' Category

    Water polo recruiting: Beckman's Daurio commits to Harvard

    October 23rd, 2014, 11:32 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Beckman senior water polo player Nikki Daurio, pictured right, has committed to Harvard, Patriots girls coach Sam Bailey reports.

    Daurio racked up 103 goals, 46 assists and 122 steals last season for Beckman.

    She will see plenty of familiar faces at Harvard. Coach Ted Minnis' Crimson feature Orange County products: Yoshi Andersen (Laguna Beach), Melissa Balding (Edison), Haley Bowe (Irvine), Alexis Del Toro (Laguna Beach) and goalie Cleo Harrington (Newport Harbor). All five of the girls are strong players.

    Andersen, a junior who netted a team-high 72 goals last season, and Harrington, a freshman, were first-team All-County players, so look for Harvard's program to be on the rise. Don't be surprised if Harrington makes an impact soon and Daurio is an excellent get.

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    Swim: Edison's Smith commits to LSU (updated)

    October 17th, 2014, 1:49 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Inspiring Edison All-County swimmer Thomas Smith of the Aquazot club has committed to LSU, the senior said Friday.

    Since his freshman year at Edison, Smith has shared his journey of swimming with a benign tumor in his left knee.

    He also has posted some of the fastest times in Orange County. Last season, Smith finished third at the CIF Division 1 finals in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 38.02 seconds) and fifth in the 100 back (49.09).

    His best event in college might be the 200 back. He holds the Southern California Swimming record with a 1:43.71.

    Smith, a two-time Sunset League MVP, said he picked LSU because of the community feeling at the SEC school.

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    Swim: Servite's Marcin commits

    October 15th, 2014, 2:22 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Servite swimmer Stephen Marcin of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Penn, the swim club announced on Twitter.

    Marcin finished second in the 500-yard free last season at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with a time of 4 minutes, 24.30 seconds. He also took fourth in the 200 free with a swift time of 1 minute, 38.16 seconds.

    Marcin also is a standout water polo for the county-ranked Friars, which makes him one of the best overall aquatics athletes in Orange County.

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    Swim: Foothill's Kendall commits to Cornell

    October 10th, 2014, 4:01 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Foothill swimmer Spencer Kendall of the SoCal club has committed to Cornell, SoCal coach Stephen Pickell reports.

    Kendall finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle at last season's CIF Division 1 finals with a 1:40.23. He dipped under 1:40 in prelims with a swift 1:39.95.

    He also placed 18th in the 500 free with a 4:37.94.

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    Swim: Woodbridge's Georges commits to Arizona

    October 6th, 2014, 9:32 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Woodbridge All-County swimmer Daniela Georges of Aquazot has committed to Arizona, the club announced on Twitter on Monday.

    Georges captured the 500-yard freestyle at CIF Division 1 finals last season (4:45.94) and finished second to Santa Margarita's Katie McLaughlin in the 200 free (1:45.89).

    The senior also had a great short-course lead-in to the high school season last spring.

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    Boys water polo: Santa Margarita defends Villa Park Classic crown

    October 4th, 2014, 5:48 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Goalie Ryan Melosini made three of his 12 saves in the fourth period and Austin Clark scored the winning goal with 1:21 left to lift Santa Margarita's boys water polo team past Righetti, 10-9, in the finals of the Villa Park Classic on Saturday.

    The Eagles defended their title in the 32-team tournament, annually one of the top events of the season. Senior Sam Slobodien of Santa Margarita, pictured left, was selected tournament MVP.

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    Huntington Beach coach Anderson resigns

    September 23rd, 2014, 2:49 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Huntington Beach boys water polo coach Brian Anderson, who helped build the Oilers into one of Orange County's top programs, has resigned for personal reasons just weeks into one of the school's most anticipated seasons, the coach and school administration said Tuesday.

    The announcements confirmed days of speculation in the tight-knit water polo community, where news often travels quickly. The Oilers are ranked third in Orange County, perhaps their highest perch in school history.

    Third-year principal Rocky Murray, a former administrator at Capistrano Valley, said Anderson resigned with personal reasons and then added, "I have no further comment."

    Anderson also confirmed his resignation in a text message but didn't elaborate on any reasons.

    Second-year athletic director Melissa Vandenbosch said assistant coach Chris Kaps will serve as the interim coach for the remainder of the season. She also said Anderson remains a teacher at Westminster High, which is part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

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    Boys water polo: Santa Barbara Invite Day 2 scores

    September 13th, 2014, 8:11 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Day 2 water polo scores from the Santa Barbara Invite:

    Harvard-Westlake 21 Servite 6

    Los Osos 7 Agoura 6

    HB 13 Cerritos 2

    Loyola 10 Dos Pueblos 9

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    Swim: Capo Valley's Norman commits to Cal

    September 10th, 2014, 10:12 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Capistrano Valley All-County distance swimmer Nick Norman has committed to reigning NCAA champion Cal, Cougars boys swim coach Steve Yancey said Wednesday.

    Norman captured the CIF Divisioin 1 title in the 500-yard freestyle in May with a time of 4 minutes, 23.02 seconds. He went on to qualify in the summer for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

    Norman placed fifth in the 800 and ninth in the 1,500 in Hawaii.

    The senior is the second member of the Mission Viejo Nadadores to commit to Cal in recent days, joining Santa Margarita's Katie McLaughlin.

    Norman also will join for former Nadadores standout Janardan Burns at Cal. Burns had a strong summer and could be headed to the World University Games. The sophomore-to-be from Aliso Niguel placed fifth in the 800, sixth in the 1,500 and 10th in the 400 free at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

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    Santa Margarita's McLaughlin commits to Cal

    September 7th, 2014, 9:51 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo Nadadores standout Katie McLaughlin, the Register's reigning female swimmer of the year and female athlete of the year, has committed to Cal, she announced on Twitter on Sunday night.

    "Committed to Cal!!" McLaughlin wrote on Twitter before posting blue and gold hearts in Cal's colors and a bear graphic.

    She visited Cal over the weekend.

    "I chose Cal after visiting the school and meeting the team," she said. "It just felt like home and I knew it was where I wanted to be! Go Bears!"

    McLaughlin set the national high school record in the 100-yard butterfly in May to highlight her season with Division 1 champion Santa Margarita and then finished second in the 200-meter butterfly at the Phillips 66 Nationals in Irvine.

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