The Newport Water Polo Foundation 18-and-under girls have gotten stronger as summer has continued.
They showed teams from across the country their progress at the recently concluded USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics.
Newport, playing with players who will make up the Newport Harbor High varsity team in the winter, took ninth in the platinum division Sunday after outlasting CHAWP of Chino Hills, 15-13, at USC.
Corona del Mar's 18-and-under girls finished 19th in the platinum division at the tournament, held over four days at Los Angeles-area pools. CdM edged Clovis, 6-5, on Sunday at Whittier High. Pippa Saunders and Ally McCormick scored three goals each.
The Newport 18U girls, coached by Bill Barnett, left for Hawaii on Monday for their final tournament of the summer. They're playing in the Hawaiian Invitational tournament this week in Honolulu, and they come into that tournament with plenty of momentum as they finished a strong ninth at Junior Olympics.