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Girls' Water Polo: Weed revels in CdM's CIF title win

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior goalkeeper, a co-captain, stepped up her play at right time for Sea Kings.

March 01, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High girls' water polo goalkeeper Erica Weed is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo goalkeeper… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Going into the CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls' water polo championship match, of course Corona del Mar High senior Erica Weed wanted to win.

But the thoughts of Weed, the senior goalkeeper, went a bit deeper than that.

Corona del Mar had never won a Division 1 title in program history. That fact definitely was not lost on someone as intelligent as Weed, who carries a 4.2 grade-point average at CdM.

"I was thinking about all of the other teams before us who brought us into Division 1, then who brought us to the semis, and last year's team who brought us all the way to the finals," Weed said. "Now, we had that same opportunity, going into the finals. I was thinking about how if we win, it would be for all of the teams in the past. It was a really big moment for us."

Weed shined in that moment at Irvine's Woollett Aquatics Center on Feb. 23. She was the anchor of a stifling defense as CdM rallied for a 6-5 victory over rival and defending champion Newport Harbor.

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Weed, a co-captain for CdM, was overjoyed in the moment after the final buzzer sounded. There is a picture of her celebrating with her teammates, unleashing a huge fist pump that would make Tiger Woods proud.

"She came up with major save after major save," CdM Coach Sam Bailey said. "I'm just proud to see her succeed, with all of her hard work and dedication."

For Weed, the story started nearly four years earlier, when she took up the sport of water polo in eighth grade. Her twin sister Genevieve, a defender for CdM, is two minutes older than Erica. Genevieve also was the first of the twins to pick up water polo, but soon Erica began playing the sport.

She started as a field player. That changed in her freshman year at CdM, when the junior varsity team needed a goalie. Erica volunteered, but there was just one problem.

"We had our break," she said. "I decided to become a goalie, we had practice for one day, then we had that whole entire [winter] break. During that whole entire break, I was trying to practice to figure out the technique, but I was all by myself. That was really tough. I was questioning whether I actually wanted to do it."

Now she can be glad she stuck with it. She has been accepted to the University of Hawaii at Manoa and would like to play water polo there, though she's still waiting to hear back from UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego for academics.

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