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Gold and Silver for Santa Barbara Water Polo at 2014 National Junior Olympics

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club Girls teams were poised to win three National Junior Olympic Championships on Sunday at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Championship held at Stanford University. After four days competing against the nation’s best teams, Santa Barbara’s 12U, 14U, and 16U teams all advanced to the championship game at the World’s largest youth water polo tournament. Local fans in yellow shirts turned Stanford’s state of the art water polo arena into a Santa Barbara party that produced some of the tournament’s most exciting water polo.

Led by Chuckie Roth and Kelsie Hendrix, Santa Barbara’s 12U girls broke open a tight match with Trojan Water Polo Club to take their second consecutive National Junior Olympic Title. The 12’s withstood an early onslaught of outside shots from Trojan while breaking down their opponent’s defense by drawing ejections and scoring on extra player set play. Santa Barbara cruised to victory in the fourth quarter winning 9-6. The most dramatic 12U match of the tournament came in the semi-finals when Santa Barbara eliminated top ranked United Water Polo Club in a low scoring game that ended when Angela Drake scored a dramatic tie breaking goal late in the fourth quarter to capture a 4-3 victory over the favorites. The 2014 12U National Junior Olympic Champions included Ana Amaral, Riley Christen, Shannon Connelly, Angela Drake, Emma Engmyr, Abigail Hendrix, Claire Kronen, Hannah Meyer, Cassidy Miller, Megan Musick, Ella Prentice, Sabina Shackelford, Ava Stryker, and Charlize Winter. Anna Cable had an outstanding tournament in goal. Abigail Hendrix was named Tournament MVP.

Led by Cathy Neushul and Connor Levoff, the 14U Girls avenged last year’s championship loss to 680 Water Polo Club with a resounding 13-7 victory in the quarterfinals followed by a 10-6 semi-final win over perennial power Socal. Santa Barbara met Laguna Beach in the final which went to a shootout after a dramatic fourth quarter finish that saw the 14’s storm back from a three goal deficit to tie the game 8-8 with less than 10 seconds on the clock. Santa Barbara fell in the sudden death phase of the shootout 8.3 to 8.4. The 2014 National Junior Olympic Silver Medalists included Lili Rose Akin, Paige Hauschild, Abbi Hill, Olivia Kistler, Ryann Neushul, Chloe Pena, Grace Raisin, Georgia Ransone, Jamie Stryker, Alexandra Szymczak, and Jocelyn Thorp. Sophie Trumbull was in goal.

Santa Barbara’s third and final hour in the Championship pool saw the 16 girls battle defending champion SET Water Polo Club which included four members of Laguna Beach High School’s 2014 CIF Division I Championship team. In one of the tournament’s most physical games the sixteen’s played SET even for most of the game and then fell behind by three early in the final quarter. Santa Barbara battled back late in the game but were unable to hold off SET’s dominant center forwards and fell 10-8. The 2014 National Junior Olympic Silver Medalists included Victoria Bray, Jessie Brummett, Mackenzie Fell, Kristina Garcia, Hailey Gellert, Paige Hauschild, Abbi Hill, Kate Coski, Lara Kostruba, Ryann Neushul, Brittany Prentice, Jesse Ransone, Juliana Shackelford, and Whitney Steidl. Piper Smith was outstanding in goal.

Santa Barbara’s B teams also excelled at the 2014 National Junior Olympics. In the Championship Bracket Pam Tanase’s 14B girls won Silver while Dennis Van Alphen led the 18B Girls to a Bronze medal finish. Santa Barbara’s two time defending champion 18 girls fell in the quarter finals. Several members of the squad are moving on to compete at some of the nation’s finest collegiate programs. These include Britten Vilander DPHS/Iona College; Halie Johnson SMHS/Cal Baptist; Anna Brummett SBHS/Indiana; Ari St. Oegger DPHS/Loyola Marymount; Shannon Cleary DPHS/Stanford; Mary Brooks UC Irvine; Betsy Hendrix SBHS/UCSB; and Jessica Gaffney SBHS/Claremont McKenna. They will join a distinguished group of Santa Barbara Water Polo alumni competing in NCAA Division I programs. Ten Santa Barbara Water Polo Club alumni participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship tournament.

Santa Barbara Water Polo Girls are National Champions

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Polo Club brought home two gold medals from the 2014 National Club Championships held in Southern California over the weekend in one of the club’s strongest ever showings at the elite tournament.

The 14U girls led by Cathy Neushul and Connor Levoff advanced second in bracket play to meet first seeded and undefeated Socal. Socal upended Santa Barbara at the 2013 TYR Cup and at the 2014 San Diego Cup. SB’s 14’s dominated the nation’s number one team from the outset utilizing withering press and storming extra man defensive sets to throttle Socal’s shooters. Leading 8-3 in the third, Santa Barbara cruised to an 8-6 victory in the 4th. After relegating Socal to the 5th through 8th bracket, Santa Barbara defeated Rosebowl 9-5 in the semifinal match before crushing perennial power Laguna Beach 14-5 to win the club’s second consecutive 14U National Club Championship. The 2014 National Club Champions include Liliana Rose Akin, Abbi Hill, Olivia Kistler, Ryann Neushul, Thea Neushul, Sarah Owens, Chloe Pena, Grace Raisin, Georgia Ransone, Jaymie Stryker, Alex Szymczak, Jocelyn Thorpe, and Sophia Trumbell (goalie). Sophia Trumbull was named goalkeeper of the tournament and Ryann Neushul was MVP.

Led by Connor Levoff and Cathy Neushul, the 16U girls tore through San Jose, Huntington Beach, Northwood, and Saddleback-El Toro before obliterating Foothill Water Polo Club 16 to 4 in the semifinal game. They then defeated perennial power Socal 10-6 in the final to win the club’s first 16U National Club Championship since 2010. The 16s placed 8th at last year’s championship tournament. The 2014 National Club Champions include Jessie Brummett, Kate Coski, Mackenzie Fell, Kristina Garcia, Hailey Gellert, Paige Hauschild, Lara Kostruba, Brittany Prentice, Jessee Ransone, Toni Shackelford, Piper Smith (Goalie), and Britni Tisdale. Paige Hauschild was named tournament MVP.

Santa Barbara’s 12U’s, defending 2013 National Club Champions, fell to Commerce water polo club in a battle that came down to the last 19 seconds when an underwater play by Coach Chuckie Roth produced a wide open shot that was field blocked by the center guard. The 12’s shut Commerce out in the 4th quarter but were unable to catch them on offense and fell 5 to 6. The 2014 Silver Medalists included Anna Cable, Shannon Connally, Charlize Winter, Ella Prentice, Abigail Hendrix, Sabina Shackelford, Claire Kronen, Megan Musick, Hannah Meyer, Cassidy Miller, Angela Drake, and Ana Amaral. Anna Cable played in goal. Roth was assisted by Kelsey Hendrix.

Santa Barbara’s 18U girls coached by Cathy Neushul and Alexis Lee (VHS/SBWPC/Stanford), Silver Medalists at last year’s National Club Championships, started strong in pool play with victories over Newport Harbor and Los Angeles Water Polo Club. They then lost to eventual champion San Diego Shores 4-7 at the end of bracket play and then went into sudden death overtime battle with eventual runner up Socal where they lost 5-6. The 18s finished seventh overall and included Kaybree Albright (SMHS), Megan Bergthold (SBHS), Anna Brummett (SBHS/Michigan), Shannon Cleary (DPHS/Stanford), Jessica Gaffney (SBHS/Claremont McKenna), Kelsey Gellert (SMHS), Betsy Hendrix (SBHS/UCSB), Halie Johnson (SMHS), Natalie Kayton, Amanda Longan (Oaks Christian), Ryann Neushul (DPHS), Ari St. Oeger (DPHS/Loyola Marymount), Jenna Phreaner (SMHS), Ariana Singer (VHS), Morgan Towner (VHS), and Jordan Williams (DPHS). Jeanna Phreanor and Amanda Longan shared time in goal.

Next weekend Santa Barbara will compete at the Senior Women’s Open National Championship where members of Santa Barbara’s 18U and 16U squad will join Senior National team members Kami Craig, Kiley Neushul, Kaleigh Gilchrist, and Ashleigh Johnson to compete for the club’s first ever Women’s Open Championship. Kami Craig (SBWPC/SBHS/USC) is a two time Olympian and Gold Medalist at the London games. The open championship will be held in Commerce, CA.

SBAC’s Craig, Hill and Neushul are 2014 Kirishi Cup Champions

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Kami Craig, Sami Hill, and Kiley Neushul helped lead Team USA to victory in the 2014 Kirishi Cup on Friday in Kirishi, Russia. The US finished with 13 points in the series after victories over Hungary, Russia, Italy, and Holland and at tie with Spain. Hungary placed second with 9 points and host Russia finished third.

Hill was dominant in goal with 11 saves against Hungary in the first game and 14 in Team USA’s 11-4 victory over a powerful Italian squad. Neushul had several multi-goal games including scoring three in the 6-5 victory over Holland on the last day of the tournament. Craig, the premier center forward in the world, is recovering from an injury to her left hand sustained during Team USA’s gold medal win at the World League Championship in Kunshan, China.

In the final game with Holland the United States went 2/7 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while the Netherlands went 3/7 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot. USA Head Coach Krikorian commented that “We struggled to execute offensively but thankfully our defense was sharp. It’s been a great combination of training and competition for us over these two weeks. We’ve made progress and I look forward to the journey ahead.” Next up for Team USA are the FINA World Championships held in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia in August.

Santa Barbara’s Craig, Hill, and Neushul Lead Team USA into World Semis

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club’s Kami Craig, Sami Hill, and Kiley Neushul are in Kunshan, China, competing with Team USA in the 2014 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Championships. Santa Barbara’s Kami Craig is a 2012 Gold Medalist and the most accomplished center forward in the world. Craig continues to play for Santa Barbara Water Polo Club and will compete with the team at the 2014 Women’s Open. Hill and Neushul are longtime team mates from Dos Pueblos High School who grew up competing for Santa Barbara Water Polo Club and are now accomplished collegiate and National Team players.

The US began Tuesday’s group play with a tense 11-10 victory over Russia. The game was tied 6-6 in regulation after a spectacular Sami Hill block was negated by the referee and a shootout ensued. Both teams missed once in the first round and Kiley Neushul fired home the game winner in the second. Hill sealed the victory with her second block of the shootout. Neushul scored two goals in regulation.

On day two of group play the US pounded Canada 16-5 with Hill posting nine saves in goal. Craig hammered home a goal from center forward and Neushul scored two from the field. In the final play-in game, the US met Spain for the first time since losing 6-9 to the 2014 World Champions in Barcelona over the summer. Spain jumped out to a two goal lead and was a perfect 3 for 3 on extra man before the half. The US fought back with action goals and tied the game 5-5 at the break. Sami Hill and a strong USA defense locked down Spain for the remainder of the game as they failed to score in the second half. Neushul’s six meter blast, her second goal of the game, slammed the door on Spain for an 8-5 victory.

Advancing first out of their bracket, Team USA won their quarterfinal match over Brazil, 11-1, in by far their easiest victory of the tournament. Craig scored from center forward and Neushul had three goals from the field. Tight team defense pushed Brazil’s centers off of two meters, forcing the offense away from the goal and making Sami Hill (9 saves) all the more intimidating for outside shooters. The US will now meet World Silver Medalists Australia in the semi-finals at 4:20AM (PST) tomorrow.

Team USA lost 7-5 to the veteran Aussies in the gold medal match at the May 2014 FINA Intercontinental Tournament held in Riverside. Craig, Hill, and Neushul will face physical play from the Stingers who narrowly defeated Canada, 8-7 to advance to the semis. Host China eliminated Spain in their quarterfinal match and will match up with undefeated Italy in the other semi-final. Team USA finished third at the 2013 World League Final in Beijing, China.

FINA TV will broadcast bot semi-fnal games live at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/fina/site/index.html

Amanda Redfern 2013-14 Indiana University Women’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

CHICAGO, Ill. — Amanda Redfern (Sr., Goleta, Calif./Dos Pueblos) of the Indiana University women’s water polo team is the institution’s 2013-14 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for women’s athletics.

Redfern notched 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points with eight steals in 2014 as the Hoosiers claimed both the Western Division and CWPA Championships to take the league’s automatic berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship at the University of Southern California. She concludes her career with 74 goals and 40 assists for 114 points with 42 steals as Indiana captured the 2011 and 2014 CWPA Championships and automatic berths to the NCAA Championships.

The Sportsmanship Award winners for each gender from the 12 Big Ten schools were selected from a group of more than 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the honorees are in good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

SB Aquatics Pee Wee Program Is Back For The Summer 2014!

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Santa Barbara Aquatics Pee Wee water polo/swim is back for the summer! It begins Monday, June 2, 2014

Please help spread the word to friends in the community about this great program for 5-7 year olds. (8-10 year olds new to water polo are welcome to join our 10 and under program at the same location)

The Focus is FUN in the water while learning basic swimming skills and playing with a small water polo ball. They can wear a wetsuit if they want to stay warm, and should have goggles along with an appropriate swim suit. All participants will get a size 1 ball included in registration.

The sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 5-6pm at the UCSB Campus Pool. Program runs June 2 – July 31, 2014.

The fee for the entire session is $75. To register for the pee wee program, please click ‘Registration’ on the main menu.

Stanford tops UCLA to win 2014 NCAA water polo championship

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Dos Pueblos graduate Sami Hill of UCLA shut down Stanford’s power offense for much of the first half in Sunday’s Division I National Championship game at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Hill, who allowed only one natural goal in UCLA’s 5-3 semi-final victory over defending champion USC, was primed to lead the Bruins in their first NCAA championship game since 2009.

Stanford scored one goal in the first quarter and UCLA led 5-3 at half after a beautiful cross cage upper-left shot from Kodi Hill. Stanford tied the game 5-5 in the third and then powered to a 9-5 victory in the fourth. Senior Annika Dries, the tournament MVP, scored a hat trick on the day including two from center-forward, highlighting Stanford’s superiority down low.

Stanford’s defense keyed the Cardinals fourth NCAA title especially against UCLA extra player advantages. The Bruins were 0-5 on power plays including 0-3 in the second half. Kiley Neushul had two key steals and helped keep the Bruins leading scorers off the board at the defensive end. Neushul’s stuff block and recovery of an Emily Donahoe shot from right hander during a fourth quarter power play defined the perfect five on six defense that won the game for the Cardinal. Sami Hill finished with 12 blocks in the contest. Hill and Kiley Neushul were named to the NCAA All-Tournament First Team.

In the third place contest Cal’s Tiera Schroeder and Madeline Trabucco fell to the Trojans of USC 11-8. The Bears, who lose only one senior to graduation, had a stand-out season from Trabucco, a freshman, in goal. Amanda Redfern and the Indiana Hoosiers upended Leah Gonzales and Laurel Kistler of UCSD in the seventh place game. This is Indiana’s third appearance at the NCAA Championships and they are 3-6 overall in tournament play. Seniors Redfern and Gonzales are both attending graduate school in environmental science. Ten Santa Barbara alumni participated in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Hill is nominated for Water Polo’s Heisman

At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Sami Hill was nominated for the Cutino Award as National Player of the Year along with Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens of Stanford. The Cutino Award is given annually by the Olympic Club of San Francisco in honor of the late Peter J. Cutino, the former University of California Berkeley men’s water polo coach, who passed away in September 2004. Cutino was named “Water Polo Coach of the Year” seventeen times and led UC Berkeley to eight NCAA National Championships. After retiring from Cal Cutino coached Olympic Club teams.

Kiley Neushul won the 2012 Cutino award after leading Stanford to the school’s third national championship during her freshman year. Hill and Neushul were teammates at Dos Pueblos High School where they won three consecutive CIF titles. They are now members of the Women’s Senior National Team and will compete in FINA World League and World Cup tournaments during the summer.

Women’s Water Polo keeps Stanford’s streak alive

Winning the Women’s Water Polo NCAA Championship kept Stanford’s nation’s leading 38-year streak of national championships alive. Stanford’s national championship total stands at 105 second only to UCLA with 110 and followed by USC with 99.

Stanford and UCLA to meet in NCAA Championship Game

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Top seeded Stanford University (25-1) will face second seeded UCLA (24-4) in the 2014 NCAA Championship Game 5:00 Sunday at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center. All of the tournament’s final games are streamed live at NCAA.com. Stanford’s only loss of the season came against UCLA at the Irvine Tournament in February.

Stanford defeats Cal

Kiley Neushul scored a penalty shot and made several assists, including a blistering no hesitation cross pass to a driving Maggie Steffens, in helping lead Stanford to a 12-8 victory over Tiera Schroeder and the Cal Bears. Schroeder also unleashed a pinpoint pass to Roser Tarrago, a Spanish Olympian, who redirected it into the goal. Tarrago’s four goals were not enough to stop the Cardinal. Neushul spend much of the game glued to Dora Antal, a Hungarian Olympian and the MPSF’s leading scorer, who was held to one goal on the day. Madeline Trabucco managed four blocks in the contest but faced a near impossible task once the Cardinal counterattack got into gear. Stanford advanced to their fifth straight NCAA championship game.

UCLA stifles USC

In the second semi-final game, Sami Hill led the UCLA Bruins with 8 blocks in a defensive battle with defending NCAA Champion USC. Playing at home, the third seeded Trojans brought the band, cheerleaders, and a huge crowd of fans. UCLA silenced the crowd by allowing only one natural goal in the entire match. Kodi Hill opened scoring with a cross-cage blast to the upper left corner, beating USC’s Flora Bolayni, a Hungarian Olympian and USC’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Bolayni’s seven stops were not enough to carry the Trojans. Late in the first half, Kodi Hill delivered a flawless power-play pass to the Bruin’s Rachel Fattal for UCLA’s third goal of the match.

USC drew several ejections including three key opportunities in the second half but was unable to penetrate UCLA’s perimeter 5 on 6 defense. Kodi Hill blocked the last of these opportunities helping seal the 5-3 victory for the Bruins and leaving no doubt as to which team deserved a berth in the championship game. USC will face Cal in the third place game.

In the consolation bracket Santa Barbara’s Leah Gonzales and Laurel Kistler’s of the UCSD Tritons fell to UCI in a high scoring contest. UCSD battled back to make the score 9-11 early in the fourth quarter but fell victim to an Anteater power surge that made the final 17-11 in favor of UCI. Gonzales and Kistler will now face Amanda Redfern and the Indiana Hoosiers who lost a second half battle with the Arizona Sun Devils 13-9. ASU’s win was the first was the first NCAA tournament victory in the history of women’s water polo at the school.

Santa Barbara Style at the NCAA’s

Right hand injuries to Kelsey O’Brien (UCLA) and Jamie Neushul (Stanford) cut the Santa Barbara alumni “roster” to eight at this year’s NCAA Championship but enough remained to leave the club’s stamp on the tournament. Santa Barbara’s Hill, Neushul, and Schroeder anticipated drives and fearlessly put the ball exactly where it needed to be repeatedly throughout the tournament. That skill along with body position on both offense and defense are trademarks of Santa Barbara club polo that are taught from 12U on up. Sami Hill’s ability to read the counter attack and pass to inside four meters—assisting from the goal–is another skill honed in Santa Barbara. Starting in goal as a Freshman is practically unheard of in women’s water polo. Madeline Trabucco’s performance for Cal this year sustains a tradition of excellence in Santa Barbara goalkeeping that helped propel the Bears into the bronze medal game.

Regardless of which team prevails in Sunday’s championship Santa Barbara goalkeeping, driving, and fastbreak style water polo is making its mark at the largest and most competitive NCAA tournament in the history of women’s water polo.

Santa Barbara Water Polo Alumni Clash at 2014 NCAA’s

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Day one of the largest and most talent-filled NCAA tournament in the history of women’s water polo featured ten Santa Barbara Water Polo alumni many of who made themselves heard in the opening round. UCLA’s Sami Hill erected a wall in the cage vs. Leah Gonzales and Laurel Kistler of UCSD. The 2014 Cutino Award nominee blocked ten shots in just over three quarters of play and the Bruins beat the Tritons 12-8. Kodi Hill dished out three beautiful assists to a trio of Bruin scorers whose fast break offense was too much for the Tritons. UCLA is now 26-4 and will face third seeded USC at 5:15PM on Saturday. The Bruins split games with the defending NCAA champions this season. In their MPSF league game Sami Hill stifling the Trojan offense and handed USC (25-3) their first ever home loss at the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center. UCSD falls to 27-11 and will face sixth seeded UCI at noon.

O’Brien and Neushul are casted together

Bruin attacker Kelsey O’Brien was in the mix during the fourth quarter helping stifle a UCSD rally but suffered a spiral fracture in her right hand while defending at center forward. O’Brien joins long time teammate Jamie Neushul (attacker/Stanford) on the injured list. Neushul, who was named to the 2014 MPSF Newcomer team, fractured her right hand in practice two days before the tournament and was not cleared to play. Together, O’Brien and Neushul won Junior Olympic titles at 12, 14, 16, and 18 age levels including two straight 18 titles from 2012 to 2013. Their teams are the most successful in the history of Santa Barbara Water Polo Club.

Stanford defends against the Hoosiers

Kiley Neushul and first seeded Stanford used a stifling defense to stop eighth seeded Amanda Redfern and the Indiana Hoosiers with a score of 18-2 in the first round. Neushul led the Cardinal with four goals. The score does not reflect the twelve extra player opportunities Indiana managed to generate because Stanford’s five on six defense blocked numerous shots and allowed only one extra player goal. Water polo teams strive for at least fifty percent on power plays. Stanford was 8 out of 9. Indiana will now face ASU at 1:45PM. Stanford will face third seeded Cal at 3:30PM.

Schroeder Ices the Sun Devils

Tiera Schroeder, Madeline Trabucco, and the Cal Bears faced the toughest match of the first round in fourth seeded ASU, a team studded with international stars including two-time Chinese Olympian Ao Gao. Schroeder helped Cal get off the blocks fast in the first quarter, driving for an ejection and then immediately dishing a beautiful assist to Roser Tarrago. Schroeder iced the game in the fourth quarter, beating three Sun Devil defenders with a fast break goal to go up 7-4. Schroeder’s goal was Cal’s only score in the second half. Madeline Trabucco was solid in goal for the Bears with 5 saves.

All of the NCAA matched are streamed live at NCAA.com beginning at noon on Saturday when Leah Gonzales, Laurel Kistler, and the UCSD Tritons face the Anteaters of UC Irvine.

Santa Barbara Water Polo Girls are Bronzed at the 21st San Diego Cup

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club’s 14U and 12U Girls teams won Bronze Medals at last weekend’s 21st Annual San Diego County Cup, the nation’s largest 8th Grade and under water polo tournament. Led by Cathy Neushul and Connor Levoff, the 14U girls were seeded first as 2013 defending champions. After winning their bracket and advancing to the top four, a 7-6 sudden death loss to Socal Water Polo Club in the semifinals knocked the 14s into the Bronze Medal Game with Diablo Water Polo Club of Northern California. Santa Barbara crushed Diablo in the first half, leading 7-2, and then cruised to a 10-4 victory, easily capturing third place. The 14U Bronze Medalists included Lili Rose Akin, Abbi Hill, Olivia Kistler, Ryann Neushul, Thea Neushul, Chloe Pena, Grace Raisin, Georgia Ransone, Alex Szymczak, and Josie Thorpe. Sophia Trumbull had an excellent tournament in goal.

In 2013 the Santa Barbara 12U girls squad finished second to United Water Polo Club. This year the two clubs met in the semifinals where the12U squad, led by Patrick Reynolds, fell in sudden death overtime. The back and forth duel with United knocked the 12 girls into a tough third place match with perennial power Commerce Water Polo Club winning 10-5. Playing their first match in the larger, championship pool, the 12’s dominated Commerce. The 12U Bronze Medalists included Shannon Connelly, Abigail Hendrix, Claire Kronen, Hannah Meyer, Cassidy Miller, Ella Prentice, and Sabina Shackelford. Anna Cable had an outstanding tournament in goal. Sabina Shackelford was named to the All-Tournament Team.