COSTA MESA — On Oct. 5, 2010, Costa Mesa High opened its new aquatics center with a 50-meter pool.
A year to the day later at the same spot, Mesa got its first Orange Coast League boys' water polo win in two years.
Costa Mesa Coach Justin Taylor does not see the two events as mutually exclusive. The Mustangs no longer have to have shorter practices at other venues, like they did when the new pool was under construction. They have benefited from more practice time in their first full year with the Olympic-size pool.
They showed their progress to visiting Godinez on Wednesday, jumping on the Grizzlies early before posting a 20-6 victory in a steady light rain.
"There wasn't a lot of practice time and pool space available, and that really hurt our program the last two years," Taylor said. "We just didn't have the right time and the right resources to put together a successful program, and you can see the results. It was tough for the kids in the program and it was tough as a coach, but we knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel [with the new pool]."