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Boys' Water Polo: Chase stepping up for CdM

Senior has helped fuel Sea Kings, who play Mater Dei in CIF D1 semifinals.

November 13, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Reid Chase is constantly moving in the water on offense and defense, making things happen for the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team.

Catch him outside of the pool, and you'll see the mustache that the CdM senior is growing.

"I've just been growing it for CIF," Chase said. "It's No-shave November right now."

CdM was in a close shave on Saturday night at its home pool, facing rival Newport Harbor in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. Chase helped the Sea Kings rally for a 7-6 victory, holding the Sailors scoreless for the final 12-plus minutes of the game.

"We knew that we were in really good shape," said Chase, who had a game-high four goals, three steals and an assist. "We were going to be a second-half team, like we always are. I never really felt that we were going to lose that game. I just trusted in our coaching. We knew that we had to get to one more game, had to get to that semifinal. We definitely weren't going to lose to Newport Harbor to end our high school careers."

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Chase leads CdM with 82 goals. The Sea Kings play top-seeded Mater Dei, the two-time defending Division 1 champion which has won 77 matches in a row, in a Division 1 semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Irvine's Woollett Aquatics Center.

Chase has come a long way in water polo. Over the summer he was Team USA's leading scorer, as the U.S. men's junior national team won silver at the UANA Pan American Junior Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Chase, who has a 4.3 grade-point average and has taken six Advanced Placement classes at CdM, was recently accepted into Stanford. He has official recruiting trips scheduled for Stanford, UCLA and Cal. On Monday he will leave for Singapore, where he will train prior to playing for Team USA at the FINA Youth World Championships, which begin Dec. 1 in Australia.

Chase gives a lot of the credit for his aquatics prowess to his aunt, Karen Musselman, who convinced him to try out for the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguards program after he moved back to Newport when he was in the fifth grade.

Yes, Reid Chase is a cousin of CdM graduate Alex Musselman, who was the 2011 Newport-Mesa Player of the Year as a girls' water polo goalie and is now at UCLA. He said he is close with Alex and Maddie, who is a freshman at CdM this year.

Karen Musselman's sister is Susan Chase, Reid's mother. She watched Reid before the Chase family (Susan, Russ, Reid and CdM sophomore football player Parker) moved to Cincinnati when Reid was little.

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