San Marcos Aquatics Camp 2014

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Hello Everyone,

We will be offering a summer day camp June 9th-13th at San Marcos High School. This is the week prior to Junior Guards starting down town. Last year we started our camp and had over 25 attendees. The camp was a great success and we are proud to offer it again this year.

The camp will run from 9:00 -2:00 Monday – Friday. We will accommodate drop off at 8:00 and pick up until 3:00.

Throughout the week all attendees will have the opportunity to have their swim strokes as well as water polo fundamentals recorded on video for the coaches and athletes to review. This will be done once at the beginning and once at the end of the week, and each athlete will receive a DVD of his or her own footage to take home at the end of the week. I want athletes to see what they look like in the water, and ways to improve their swimming and water polo skills.

This is not a training camp, however is designed to provide video analysis of athletes . Skills will be emphasized. This will help accommodate athletes who have other practices during the same week so that they are not doing too much. If an athlete has a club practice or other obligation they can arrive late or leave early.

Typical day would look like this
8:00 – 9:00 drop off
9:00 – Stroke fundamental talk
9:20 – Video fundamentals of the stroke
9:50 -11:20 in pool work / filming
11:20 – 12:20 lunch / movie
12:20 – 12:40water polo fundamental talk
12:40 – 1:00 video fundamental of skill
1:00 – 2:00 in the pool for fundamental skills / video

2:00 – 3:00 – continued pool time / free time to wait for pick up.

Cost of the camp will be $285.00 for the week. A sibling discount of $25.00. Will be given to families with 2 or more siblings. Early registration fee discount of $25.00 will be applied for all applicants who have camp application submitted by April 18th.

I will have several athletes helping with the camp. Also Chris Hummel and Peera Sukavivatanachai will be serving as camp counselors.

I realize some have already made plans for the summer. If you are interested please reserve your spot.We will need a minimum of 15 athletes to sign up for the camp to take place. We will assess Camp sign ups on May 24th. If we do no have enough interest we will notify you immediately so that you are able to make other arrangements for the week. Please email Chuckie Roth at:

Download the forms below, these must be completed and submitted at time of registration.

Summer Clearance Form

SM Aquatics Camp Athlete Info

San Marcos High School Waiver

All forms and payments can be submitted in person to Brian Roth at San Marcos High School, or mailed to:

San Marcos High School
Attn: Brian Roth
4750 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara CA, 93110

Roth named CIF-SS girls water polo coach of the year

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

San Marcos High’s Chuckie Roth was honored as the CIF Southern Section’s girls water polo coach of year by the California Coaches’ Association.

Roth guided the Royals to a 21-8 record, a share of the Channel League title and to the quarterfinals in CIF Division 1. His teams have made the playoffs five straight years.

The California Coaches’ Associaton is the largest all-sports coaching organization in the state of California with over 2,000 active members. Roth’s name will be submitted to the state as a finalist for the CCA’s State Coach of the Year.

Trabucco is MPSF Newcomer of the Week

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Freshman goalie Madeline Trabucco received the MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week award earlier this month. This is the first newcomer award for Trabucco, and the first for an MPSF goalie in the 2014 season. Trabucco made 13 saves, including a handful of high-quality ones, to help the fourth ranked Bears preserve the win over the San Jose Spartans. Trabucco starred in goal for the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club, leading the 18U girls in three consecutive National Club Championship and National Junior Olympic Championship games. Santa Barbara is the two-time defending national champion in 18U girl. Madeline was named MVP at the 2013 National Junior Olympics and is starting in goal for Cal as a Freshman. Trabucco also led Santa Barbara High School to their first ever Division I CIF Semi-Final game in 2013.

The upside for Trabucco is that the Cal Beasrs are loaded with some of the best shooters in the world. Fellow Freshmen Roser Tarrago of Spain and Dora Antal of Hungary helped lead their respective countries to Gold and Bronze at the 2013 FINA Women’s World Championship held in Barcelona Spain over the summer. Both were 2012 Olympians and are among the most prolific scorers in the world. Facing players of this caliber every day in workout will take a goalie’s game to new levels. Madeline’s Newcomer of the Week award is also the first for a Santa Barbara Water Polo Freshman this season. With 26 women competing at Division I schools Madeline sees plenty of former team mates in the pool including her twin sister Sophie Trabucco who competes for UCSB and Cal team mate junior Tiera Schroeder.

Cal is currently ranked fourth in the nation after conference losses to No. 1 USC and No. 2 Cal. The Bears next game is against No. 5 Arizona State on April 12th.

SBWPC to train with Dutch National Team

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club’s 18U Girls team will embark on the club’s bi-annual Holland Trip on Thursday. Led by Coaches Cathy Neushul, Connor Levoff, and Siena Van Alphen the team will spend Spring Break training with the Dutch Senior and Junior National Teams at the KNVB Sportzenter in Zeist.

The Holland roster includes Britten Vilander (Dos Pueblos HS), Amanda Longan (Oaks Christian HS), Betsy Hendrix (Santa Barbara HS), Shannon Cleary (Dos Pueblos HS), Ari St. Oegger (Dos Pueblos HS), Toni Shackelford (Dos Pueblos HS), Frannie Kuesis (San Marcos HS), Jordan Williams (Dos Pueblos HS), Kaybree Albright (Righetti HS), Kristina Garcia (Santa Barbara HS), Ryann Neushul (Goleta Valley JR High), and Abbi Hill (Providence Hall).

The Dutch women won the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing and have long tradition of outstanding women’s water polo. Most recently, the Oranje had a strong showing at the 2013 U.S. Holiday Cup with victories over Australia, Russia, and Canada. Santa Barbara’s team can expect some very physical play in Holland that will include competition against past and future Dutch Olympians. This is club’s third trip to compete in the Netherlands. The trip is an opportunity for SB’s 18U girls to prepare themselves for the next level of competition.

Santa Barbara Water Polo’s Holland will be interspersed with a visit to Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn along with games against Dutch clubs at Warande, Utrecht, Barendrecht, and Gouda. The last two days of the Dutch trip will be spent in Amsterdam where the girls are staying on a large sailboat docked in Central Amsterdam and touring the city with visits to Anne Frank’s house and the Van Gogh Museum along with a canal boat tour.

SBWPC’s 2012 Holland Team is now in college. Posing in front of a pyramid commemorating Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz are (left to right): Sophie Trabucco (UCSB); Kara Horwarld (Santa Clara); Madeline Trabucco (Cal); Kodi Hill (UCLA); Bess Grode; Laurel Kistler (UCSD); Kelsey O’Brien (UCLA); Hannah Koper (Brown); Charlotte Hendrix (Harvard); Tess Wardle (UCSB); Haley Johnson (San Marcos HS); Jamie Neushul (Stanford); Lauren McCaslin (SBCC); and Jade Arner (CSUN). Twenty-four SBWPC alumni are currently competing at Division I NCAA Colleges.

SBWPC member and former Dutch National Team player Dennis Van Alphen arranged Santa Barbara’s trip and the liaison with Holland’s national program.

Fundraising Dinner for Kotor Trip

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

George Lilly, Emil Huebur, Wolf Wigo, Ryan McMillen, Graham Young, and Sam Johnson

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club 14U Girls Win Winterfest Gold

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club’s 14U Girls team brought home the first major championship of the year winning the 2014 Winterfest title. Led by Cathy Neushul, Connor Levoff, and Kelsie Hendrix, Santa Barbara broke a string of runner-up finishes at Winterfest with solid victories over Socal in the quarters, Diablo in the semis, and Laguna Beach in the final. The 2014 Winterfest Champions include: Alex Syzmczak, Abbi Hill, Chloe Pena, Grace Raisin, Josie Thorpe, Jaymie Stryker, Georgia Ransone, Ryann Neushul, Olivia Kistler, Thea Neushul, Abagail Hendrix, and Cassidy Miller. Sophia Trumbull went the distance in goal.

Santa Barbara’s 14U B squad led by Connor Levoff and Pam Tanase won gold in the Winterfest B Division. The 14 BB Girls Gold medalists include Lili Rose Akin, Jordan Duggan, Anna Hepp, Abby Brummett, Sabina Shackelford, Ella Prentice, Kayla Peacock, Sara Engmyr, Sarah Owens, Fiona Kuesis, and Fiona Sonni. Piper Smith and Joie Ruiz split time in goal and the field for the 2014 Winterfest BB Champions..

The 12U Girls, led by Patrick Reynolds and managed by Christina Shackelford took home Silver after beating International and Back Bay before suffering a tough 6-3 Championship loss to Commerce water polo club. The 12’s included Hannah Meyer, Shannon Connolly, Charlize Winter, Ella Prentice, Abagail Hendrix, Sabina Shackelford, Claire Kronen, Megan Musick, Anna Cable, Cassidy Miller, and Emma Engmyr.

Spring High School Girls Program

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Hill and Neushul Garner MPSF Player of the Week Honors

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Santa Barbara Waterpolo’s Kodi Hill and Kiley Neushul opened the 2014 collegiate season with a bang as both garnered MPSF “Player of the Week” honors. Hill led the Bruins to victory at the UCLA Invitational scoring a total of six goals in four games while recording 10 assists and seven steals. Neushul led Stanford University to the championship at the 2014 Stanford Invitational last weekend scoring eleven goals. Hill and Neushul, longtime SBWPC and DPHS team mates, went head to head in the title match where Stanford prevailed 8-4. Each scored one goal in the final. Kodi’s older sister, Sami Hill, played an outstanding game in goal for the Bruins, stopping ten shots including a first quarter lob from Jamie Neushul, a freshman at Stanford.

All four collegians along with Tiera Schroeder (Cal) competed on Dos Pueblos High School’s record breaking teams that won four straight CIF Championships including a two-year undefeated record of 67-0. Sami Hill and Kiley Neushul are members of USA’s Senior National Team that won the 2014 Holiday Cup with victories over Holland, Russia, Canada, Australia, and Greece. Kodi Hill, Kiley Neushul, and Tiera Schroeder (Cal) led Team USA to the 2013 Junior World Championship in Volos Greece over the summer. Kelsey O’Brien, a Freshman at UCLA, also played in the championship game. Madeline Trabucco and Schroeder led Cal to third place at the Stanford Invitational with 12-6 victory over UCI. Trabucco, a freshman, is the Bear’s starting goalie.

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club is well represented nationally with twenty-three players on Division I NCAA’s water polo teams. Names to watch for this season include Sami Hill, Kodi Hill, and Kelsey O’Brien (UCLA); Tiera Schroeder and Madeline Trabucco (Cal), Kiley Neushul and Jamie Neushul (Stanford); Ashlea Coski and Alisa Argend (San Jose State); Laurel Kistler and Leah Gonzales (UCSD); Amanda Redfern (Indiana); Jade Wentz Fitzgerald, Sophie Trabucco, Tess Wardle, and Miranda Schrader (UCSB); Brittny Hummel (Sonoma State); Charlotte Hendrix (Harvard); Chandler Vilander (George Washington); MacKenzy Fowler (Cal State Northridge); Noelle Mann (UOP); Rose Koper (Claremont); and Hannah Koper (Brown).

Santa Barbara Water Polo alumni will meet next at the nation’s largest collegiate tournament held at UC Irvine on 22-23 February.

John Abdou High Performance Director

Posted ago by George Kubinyi

Huntington Beach Calif. – November 18, 2013 — John Abdou, a veteran collegiate and national team coach, has been named High Performance Director for USA Water Polo. In this position Abdou will oversee the Olympic Development Program in addition to coach and referee education and development. Working in unison with Senior National Team Head Coaches Adam Krikorian and Dejan Udovicic, Abdou will assist in implementing their technical vision throughout ODP and the USA Water Polo club system.

“The addition of John Abdou to the USA Water Polo staff fills an essential need on many fronts. Along with cementing the leadership of our Olympic Development Program, his experience as a coach, athlete, and award winning teacher will play a vital role in the education and development of our coaches and officials. I am confident he will integrate seamlessly with our National Teams and properly disseminate their tactical and technical visions to the water polo community at large with great success. We feel incredibly fortunate that a person with John’s experience, strong relationships across the country and high character and integrity will be joining our team,” said Marty Samuels, USA Water Polo Chief Operating Officer.

“I’m excited to serve the water polo community in America on a broader scale,” said Abdou. “I am extremely passionate about teaching and coaching, so the opportunity to do so on a full time basis for our country was one that I could not pass up. I look forward to working with all athletes, coaches, referees and community members to strengthen our success as an organization both domestically and internationally.”

Currently the Associate Head Coach for men’s water polo at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Director/Boy’s Head Coach of the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club, Abdou will begin his post with USA Water Polo full-time following the conclusion of the 2013 men’s collegiate season. Prior to his time in Isla Vista, Abdou spent five years at Bucknell University, the last two serving as Head Coach of both the men’s and women’s programs. Within USA Water Polo, Abdou has remained active in the National Team pipeline in his position as ODP East Region Technical Director since 2008. Since 2010 he has also been a part of the coaching staff of the Men’s Senior National “B” Team.

A former social science teacher at Burbank High School, Abdou competed for the UC-Irvine men’s water polo team earning his undergraduate degree in sociology in 2001. He added a masters degree in education from Bucknell in 2009. Abdou currently resides in Goleta, CA and will soon live in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife Anna and their son Gabriel.

Santa Barbara Takes Silver at TYR Champions Cup

Posted ago by Peter Neushul

Santa Barbara Water Polo Club 14 Girls advanced to the championship game at the 2013 TYR Champions Cup at Indiana University this weekend.

Team members include (not in order): Thea Neushul, Georgia Ransone,
Alex Szymczak, Lilliana Rose Akin, Ryann Neushul, Abbi Hill, Fiona Sonni, Grace Raisin, Jocelyn
Thorp, Chloe Pena, Olivia Kistler, Sarah Owens, Joie Ruiz, and Anna Hepp, and Piper Smith.

The tournament’s top seed, and defending champion, Santa Barbara defeated United Water Polo, Greenwich, and Rosebowl to advance to the semi-finals. After losing to Socal in the seeding round, Santa Barbara defeated Diablo Water Polo Club 8-5 on Monday morning in the semi-final game. They then met perennial power Socal in the championship game losing 6-8. The team is coached by Cathy Neushul and Connor Levoff.

Ryann Neushul, in her fourth consecutive Champions Cup and Abbi Hill, MVP of the 2013 12U National Junior Olympics, led Santa Barbara in Indiana. Santa Barbara’s squad included cup veterans Thea Neushul, Georgia Ransone, and Alex Szymczak. Lilliana Rose Akin, Fiona Sonni, Grace Raisin, Jocelyn Thorp, Chloe Pena, Olivia Kistler, Sarah Owens, Joie Ruiz, and Anna Hepp completed a strong Santa Barbara squad. Piper Smith had an outstanding tournament in goal. Many team members competed on Santa Barbara’s 2013 12U Girls National Club and National Junior Olympic Championship teams. Jocelyn Thorp received the 2013 Maureen O’Toole Sportsmanship Award for her outstanding team play.

Santa Barbara’s U14 boys coached by Joe O’Brien and Peera Sukavivatanachai defeated Naperville and tied eventual silver medalist Socal Water Polo Club on Friday before losing to Greenwich and Vanguard in bracket play on Saturday, and San Diego Shores on Sunday to take 8th place at the 2013 TYR Champions Cup.

Members of this year’s squad are coming off strong spring and summer seasons where they took bronze at the National Club Championships and placed fourth at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships. Santa Barbara’s squad includes 2012 Cup veterans Evan Blix, Jacob Ehrhardt, Henry Hepp, and Jack Phreaner (goalie). Andrew McCombs, Peyton Collins, Parker Matthews, Jason Teng, Dario Bucy, Collin Bosse, Samuel Fuller, John Magoun, Robert Goligoski, Allan Green, and Thomas Corey completed SB’s 14U Boys squad. Henry Hepp received the 2013 Jody Campbell Sportsmanship Award for his outstanding team play.