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Laguna’s U16 water polo girls win first place in the Platinum Division at the Junior Olympics

Lagunas U16 group

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Photo by John Singer

For the third year in a row, Laguna’s U16 water polo girls, representing SET (Saddleback-El Toro), have won their division in the Junior Olympics. The team is primarily made up of LBHS sophomores and juniors. In the semifinals game against SoCal on July 28, the team won 8-2, followed by a championship victory against Rose Bowl 10-5. Nicole Struss was named Most Valuable Player. The team is coached by Ethan Damato, who is also the head coach of the LBHS Girls Water Polo program. 

Back Row (L-R): Lela McCarroll, Imani Clemmons, Carly McMurray, Ella Schneider, Jessie Rose, Emma Singer, and Nicole Struss; Front Row (L-R): Laine Hourigan, Rachael Carver, Melanie Damato, Emma Lineback, Molly Renner, Izzy Rosensitto, Ava Houlahan, and Skylar Kidd.