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August 2, 2012
Esther Lofgren, a Newport Harbor High product, earned an Olympic gold medal Thursday, contributing to the U.S. women's eight rowing triumph on Dorney Lake. Lofgren, competing in her first Olympics, helped the Americans earn their second straight Olympic gold medal, as the favored boat finished the 2,000-meter course in six minutes, 10.59 seconds. It was fulfillment of a long quest for Lofgren, 27, a Harvard graduate who was the last athlete cut from the 2008 Olympic team that won gold in Beijing.
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July 31, 2013
Recent Corona del Mar High graduate Adam Young helped the U.S. men's gymnastics team win the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish athletic event that is held every four years in Israel. Young, who is bound for UC Berkeley, finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 76.4. The U.S. defeated the Israeli national team for the gold. Eduard Azarian, a member of the Soviet Union's gold medal gymnastics winning team at the 1980 Olympic Games, coached Young.
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August 9, 2012
Tumua Anae had already achieved her dream. But Thursday, the Corona del Mar High product helped make history, as she and the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Spain, 8-5, at the London Olympic Games to claim the Americans' first Olympic gold medal in the sport. Anae, a backup goalie, is one of 13 roster players for Team USA, which went 5-0-1 in the tournament. The final victory avenged the only blemish on that record, a 9-9 tie against Spain in group play. Since women's water polo became an Olympic sport in 2000, the Americans had won silver medals in 2000 and 2008, while capturing bronze in 2004.
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August 16, 2012
The Newport Beach Water Polo Club's 14-and-under boys' team captured the gold division title at the Junior Olympics at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton earlier this month. Goalie Joseph Ferraro, Ethan Clayton, Gavin Kunkle and captain Ben Morrison are Newport Harbor High incoming freshmen on the team. The rest of the squad included: Presley Boyd, Barron Banta, Cole Brosnan, Hannes Daube, Oscar Goodell, Robert McCracken, Nicolas Rimlinger, Nakua Olotoa, Ryan Hurst and Patrick McNamara.
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July 5, 2012
Trent Jackson only had enough time to answer his phone before his plane took off from Dallas on Thursday night. The coach and players from his boys' team, the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club 14 Hurley, couldn't talk. It was understandable, and they really didn't have to say much, anyway. That's because Balboa Bay let its play do the talking at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships by winning the gold medal in the 14-year-old open division in Dallas. Balboa Bay claimed the title after sweeping Pacific Palisades Quiksilver, 25-19, 25-18, in the best-of-three format.
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By Britney Barnes | September 27, 2012
In lime green sneakers, khaki shorts and a navy USA jacket with a gold medal around her neck, Olympian Esther Lofgren spoke Thursday afternoon to a packed house. Mariners Elementary School's third- to sixth-grade students filled the multi-purpose room to hear the gold-medal rower talk about her journey, the importance of having dreams and how to accomplish them. Talking to groups of students is nothing new for Lofgren, whose made it a point to share her experiences with others.
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July 30, 2007
STRATHCLYDE, Scotland — Esther Lofgren, a Newport Harbor High product, won gold along with three others in the women's quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships on Sunday. According to worldrowing.com, the race began with a boat-stopping crab and finished the same way. A crab is a faulty stroke that causes the blade of the oar to strike the water on the recovery stroke. Logfren and the U.S. women's team handled it the best. At the start, the Netherlands flew out of the blocks to take an early lead.
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August 20, 2004
Former Newport Harbor High swimming standout Aaron Peirsol had a rollercoaster of a day Thursday at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning gold in the men's 200-meter backstroke, then being disqualified, and finally being reinstated as the winner. Peirsol was getting ready to conduct interviews after he beat Markus Rogan of Austria by more than two seconds when he found out he had been disqualified for violating rule 6.4 for propelling himself while on his stomach going into his last turn.
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August 13, 2008
BEIJING, China ? Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol began his quest for a second gold medal at the Beijing Olympics Wednesday by winning his preliminary heat and qualifying second for today?s semifinals of the 200-meter backstroke. Peirsol, who defended his 100 backstroke title by breaking his own world record earlier, won the fifth preliminary heat in 1 minute, 56.35 seconds Wednesday. Peirsol, also the defending Olympic champion in the 200 backstroke, saw his qualifying time bested only by American teammate Ryan Lochte, who posted a time of 1:56.
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February 18, 2014
This past weekend over 100 teams from across California traveled to Orange County to participate in one of the biggest winter club water polo tournaments. The 17th annual Winterfest touranment was played at pools across Orange County. The Costa Mesa Aquatics Club entered five teams a 10U co-ed, 12U boys, 14U girls , 14U boys and 16U boys. For the first time, CMAC also hosted two pools for the tournaments, the aquatics center at Costa Mesa High School and pool at Estancia High School, showing that CMAC is truly a city club.
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January 30, 2014
Newport Beach received LEED - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - certification for its civic center and park project, according to a news release. Choosing from the certified, silver, gold and platinum levels, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the project a gold certification in recognition of its environmentally friendly design and construction, the release said. The project, which opened last spring, includes an 88,000-square-foot City Hall complete with an under-floor air distribution system to reduce air conditioning costs, window shades to minimize heat, and light fixtures that automatically dim in response to natural light.
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By Matt Szabo | December 11, 2013
SANTA ANA - Kaleigh Gilchrist is about seven months removed from winning the top prize in college women's water polo. Last May, the Newport Harbor High alumna helped USC win the NCAA Division 1 title. But now, Gilchrist is playing at an even higher level. Last weekend she played in her first tournament with the U.S. senior women's national team, and Team USA won gold at the Canada Cup. This week Gilchrist, a senior at USC, is continuing play with the senior national team at the Holiday Cup at Foothill High.
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December 9, 2013
The United States women's water polo senior national team won gold over the weekend at the Canada Cup tournament in Gatineau, Canada. The team, which featured Newport Harbor High alumna Kaleigh Gilchrist, UC Irvine redshirt junior Danielle Warde and Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman, earned a 12-10 shootout victory over Australia in the title game Sunday. Gilchrist scored twice in the title game for Team USA, which rallied from an 8-4 deficit late in the third quarter.
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By Steve Virgen | December 3, 2013
Misty May-Treanor smiled after reading a name from a raffle Sunday night at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Matty!" she shouted, "referring to her husband, Matt Treanor, the winner of a free manicure and pedicure during a raffle for the Heart of a Marine Foundation. May-Treanor was the special host of the 13th annual Sand Sculpture and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the St. Regis. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and her husband thought it was best to give back the free mani-pedi and redo the drawing.
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By Steve Virgen | December 1, 2013
When Misty May-Treanor was asked all for that she had to be thankful, the three-time Olympic gold medalist said she is grateful to be starting a family. May-Treanor, the beach volleyball legend, said she is about three months pregnant with her first child during an interview with the Daily Pilot Sunday night at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. She was there as the special guest/mistress of ceremonies for the 13th annual Sand Sculpture Dedication and Tree Lighting Ceremony. She attended with her husband, Matt Treanor, a pro baseball catcher, and her father, Butch.
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By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 9, 2013
One Newport Beach family knows quite well the drive to strike it rich that was common during the California Gold Rush. Sarajane Bartholomae, 67, and her four daughters - Kamme Hodge, 45, Korre Hartling, 43, Krista Hartling, 42, and Tori Hartling, 37 - traded five weeks of Southern California sunshine for five weeks of harsh Alaskan cold last fall to reopen the family's gold mines. Their adventure is the focus of "Alaska Gold Diggers," a six-episode series on Animal Planet premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday.
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By Matt Szabo | August 31, 2013
Four Newport Beach girls' water polo players went to Argentina this week to compete in the UANA Youth Pan American Championships. In terms of experience, the "youth" part certainly rang true. For three of them, it was their first international water polo tournament, first time representing their country on the world stage. Yet Mater Dei High incoming senior Brianna Daboub, Corona del Mar incoming sophomore Maddie Musselman and Newport Harbor incoming juniors Rachel Whitelegge and Carlee Kapana all rose to the challenge in the end. As a result, they got an experience on Saturday that they'll never forget.
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August 30, 2013
The United States Women's Youth National water polo team, featuring four Newport Beach players, will play for gold at the UANA Youth Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Team USA breezed past Puerto Rico, 22-4, in a tournament semifinal Friday. Mater Dei incoming senior Brianna Daboub scored twice, and CdM incoming sophomore Maddie Musselman and Newport Harbor incoming junior Rachel Whitelegge scored one goal each. Carlee Kapana, another Sailors incoming junior, split time in goal and made five saves, helping Team USA improve to 6-0 in the tournament.
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August 30, 2013
The Costa Mesa Aquatics Club 12U boys' water polo team were honored for winning a gold medal at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board Tuesday. The team included Costa Mesa Middle School students, eighth-graders Augie Cunningham, Jacob Garcia and Blake Hudson, and seventh-graders Caedmon Fisher, Jose Albarion, Kevin Johnson and Teak Zachary, and coaches Dustin and Cody Serrano.
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