Water Polo champs: girls ruled the pool at National Junior Olympics

In case you missed it, Laguna represented strongly in medals at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics on July 29. It was a clean sweep of gold for the 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under Laguna Beach girls’ teams. Team SET, including many Laguna Beach High School girls, garnered the silver for the 14’s, gold for the 16’s – with MVP going to the goalie Quinn Winter – and it was a bronze for the 18’s.

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation club team, the 12 and under, earned top billing for a second year in a row, beating Commerce 9-7 for the gold.

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The Laguna Beach 12U champions at the Junior Olympics

Tournament MVP Emerson Hensley is a Thurston student who is passionate about water polo. She led the way for Laguna Beach along with top contributors, returning champions Ava Knepper, Claire Turner, and Nina Rogers, and goalkeepers Siena Jumani and Sofia Umeda.

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Emerson Hensley was awarded Tournament Most Valuable Player

Coach Kelcie Ferreira said, “I’m very proud of the girls. It’s a long season for them, and they were able to take everything I threw at them.”

Well done, water polo champs!