Dan Stevens and his Newport Harbor High water polo teammates are playing in their third straight tournament without their new head coach Robert Lynn.
The latest one is the USA Junior Olympics in Orange County. The four-day tournament gets underway Saturday.
While most of the field in the under-18 boys' championship division is comprised of club teams, Newport Harbor is playing as a high school team under the name Newport Beach Water Polo, Inc. The high school team has done well in the past two tournaments without Lynn, placing third at the California State High School Championships last week and third at the Ironman Super Finals in June.
Stevens understands and respects why Lynn has not been around the program this summer. Lynn is in China with the U.S. men's national team, which missed a chance to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games after losing to defending Olympic champion Hungary, 9-8, in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships. Team USA will have another shot to qualifty for the London Games in the Pan American Games in October.