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Turnbow-Lindenstadt wins gold

Youth Water Polo

Newport Beach resident is on SOCLA club team that wins JO title in 12-and-under division.

August 11, 2011

CdM's freshman-to-be Brianna Westrup got involved with the scoring in the second half. But Newport, despite missing starting freshman-to-be goalie Carlee Kapana (in Puerto Rico for the UANA Continental Youth Water Polo Championships), held CdM's offense to two second-half goals and Newport earned the 10-7 victory.

In reaching the 11th-place game CdM received strong contributions throughout the tournament from starting goalie Heidi Ritner and at both ends of the pool from Eliza Britt, Emily Ritner, Matilda Bress, Georgina Laube, Bridget Storm, Kelly Morgan, Alana Aguirre and Lauren Lamm.

CdM girls' aquatics is led by program director Sam Bailey, who had previous stints winning championships as a player at UCLA and as an assistant coach for the Stanford and UCLA men's and women's water polo programs. While Bailey was leading his 18U team to a solid ninth-place finish at the Junior Olympics, Bailey's 14U head coach Brian Mericle (who won a national title while playing at USC) and assistant Stephanie Schnugg (two-time captain of the Cal women's water polo team) led the 14U team.

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Schnugg missed Sunday's game, as she and Newport 14U girls' head coach Leah Robertson are competing for Team USA in the World University Games that are this week in China. Many of the CdM 14U players are in Hawaii this week for the 16U & 18U Hawaii Invitational Tournament.

The CdM Aquatics fall session begins Sept. 6. For more information about the program, visit the website http://www.cdmaquatics.org or e-mail info@cdmaquatics.org.

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