Some of the best water polo players in the world are coming to Newport Harbor High next weekend.
With the weeks dwindling until the London Olympics, the Newport Beach Water Polo club is working on making it into a Memorial Day weekend to remember.
The club is hosting a three-day, pre-Olympic water polo showcase at Newport Harbor starting Saturday. Three of the top men's national teams in the world — Team USA, Hungary and Croatia — will be participating.
Robert Lynn can't wait. Lynn, who became the Newport Harbor boys' water polo coach a year ago, is also the head coach and technical director of Newport Beach Water Polo.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, though, he will be on the Sailors' pool deck in his capacity as an assistant coach of the U.S. men's national team. Lynn doesn't have to do much to sell the showcase, which features three teams with gold-medal aspirations in London. In 2008, Hungary beat the United States in the gold-medal game. Croatia finished sixth in Beijing, but was third at last year's FINA World Championships, also in China.