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Laguna girls – 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s – medal at USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Dominated by Laguna girls, each age group came up winners at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics July 29, held at Stanford University.

The Junior Olympics Championship (JO’s) is the largest age group water polo tournament in the nation. Athletes and teams come from across the country to compete on the national stage. Teams compete over a four-day period within their respective age category.

The 12 and under team nailed the Championship win in a 9 to 7 victory won in a shoot out against Commerce. 

The 14’s team Laguna Beach took silver, just missing out to Pacific Coast Riptides.

The Laguna high school girls, fresh off winning a second straight California State High School Championship on July 15, joined with their club team, SET, to rule the pool at the JO’s.

Team SET, 16U age group, placed first out of 48 teams that qualified, and played in the championship division, which consisted of 24 teams. The team took the first place medal in the platinum division, in a 7-6 win over Santa Barbara. Goalie Quinn Winter won the MVP “Big Fish” award.

Laguna girls medal 16s

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Most of the 16’s team attends Laguna Beach High School. Pictured here, back row (L-R): Jenna Dickstein, Emma Singer, Quinn Winter, Caroline Christl, Grace Houlahan, Mara Laughlin, Savannah Burns, Morgan Van Alphen. 

Front row (L-R): Rachael Carver, Kenedy Corlett, Jessie Rose, Kori Bento, Emma Lineback, Nicole Struss, Molly Renner.

Laguna girls medal Goalie

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Goalie Quinn Winter won the MVP “Big Fish” award

The 18U SET team nabbed the bronze medal, taking third place, with SoCal taking the gold, and club 680 taking silver.

Laguna girls medal

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SET team 18’s took bronze medal at JO’s

Several recently graduated LBHS girls will go on to play water polo next year for some big name schools. They include Thea Walsh (going on to play for Stanford), Evan Tingler (Harvard), Sophia Lucas (USC), Alana Evans (Princeton), Isabel Riches (Brown), and Alex Peros (UCLA).