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Sea Kings move on up to D. 1

WATER POLO: Corona del Mar, which has won five straight CIF section titles, will try for sixth in a higher division.

December 05, 2006|By Matt Szabo

The CdM girls had a strong summer, winning a bronze medal at the 2006 Pan Pacific youth tournament in New Zealand in July. They went on to place 12th in the Junior Olympics in Ventura in August, and fifth in an open women's tournament in Los Alamitos this past fall.

Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor are two of the few schools that keep their high school teams together virtually year-round in club competition.

"You can take your hits in the summer playing against club all-star teams, but it really pays off during the school year," Chaney said. "I know [Newport Harbor Coach Bill] Barnett feels the same way."

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The Sea Kings should be strong contenders to repeat as champion in the Pacific Coast League, which includes holdovers Beckman and University and newcomers Irvine and Laguna Hills.

"I think it's a little stronger this year," Chaney said. "It should be a pretty competitive league."

CdM opened its regular season on Friday with a win against Arlington and will play host to Long Beach Wilson today.

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