Briefs: Locals tune up for JOs

July 30, 2012

The Corona del Mar 18U girls water polo team reached the final of the Manhattan Beach Invitational and the CdM 16U team went 6-0 to sweep the EAST Tournament completed Sunday and held in La Canada and Anaheim.

Both teams will compete in the National Junior Olympics, Thursday through Sunday in venues near Stanford University

The CdM 18s lost to San Diego Shores, 8-7, in the championship game held at Mira Costa High. CdM defeated Commerce, 7-4, and Rose Bowl, 10-7, in bracket play. It then defeated Huntington Beach, 5-4, in the semifinals.

CdM has also qualified 12U and 14U age-group teams for the National Junior Olympics. The four teams qualified earlier this summer through the Southern Pacific Zone JO qualifying tournament and will play in the Championship Division.


The CdM 18U team is seeded No. 9. It opens the JOs by facing No. 40-seeded Modesto/Stanislaus at Palo Alto High.

The CdM 16U team faces top-seeded Commerce at Stanford University's Belardi pool.

The CdM 14U team is seeded No. 12. It opens against No. 37-seeded Seattle WPC at Stanford's Baker pool.

The CdM 12U team is seeded No. 10 and will face No. 23-seeded Santa Barbara "B" at San Jose State.

Results of the tournament will be posted at

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Newport in semis

Newport Beach Water Polo Inc., a club made up of Newport Harbor High players, advanced to the semifinals of the 18U boys' division at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Monday in Stanford, Calif.

Newport Beach defeated Foothill in a shootout after the teams tied, 8-8, in regulation at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center.

After finishing second in the California State High School Championships last week, Newport Beach is hoping to reach the Junior Olympics final. The Newport boys will play in the semifinals Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Newport beat Corona del Mar, 11-8, then Lamorinda, 10-8, to reach the quarterfinals.

— From staff reports

Anteaters chosen

UC Irvine women's water polo goalie Jillian Yocum and incoming freshman center McKenna Mitchell are on the U.S. junior national team that will compete in the Pan American junior championships, Aug. 10 through 18 in Montreal, Canada.

Yocum, a freshman in 2012 when the Anteaters finished 25-8 and were fourth in the NCAA Tournament, played in 25 games and made 19 starts. She amassed 196 saves and was 15-5 in goal.

— From staff reports

UCI's Smith shines

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