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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | May 22, 2013
COSTA MESA - One of the first questions Shea Buckner asked three dozen kids at the Costa Mesa Aquatics Center was if they had ever seen a professional water polo game. "Yeah, they played [one] here," one kid responded. "Yeah, I played in it," Buckner said with a smile. The kid didn't remember seeing Buckner, but the 6-foot-5 attacker was in the pool at Costa Mesa High a couple of years ago as a member of the U.S. men's national team. Back then, the Americans played Canada in the school's new 50-meter pool prior to competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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By Matt Szabo | September 10, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - There was a certain buzz at the pool deck at Newport Harbor High on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone watched to see what senior Luca Cupido would do next for the Sailors. Cupido, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Italy, said he arrived in Newport Beach about a month ago. For that, Newport Harbor can say "grazie" (thank you). He scored a game-high five goals as the Sailors hung on to upset Long Beach Wilson, 9-8, in a nonleague battle of CIF Southern Section Division 1 powers.
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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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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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By Matt Szabo | November 7, 2012
CORONA DEL MAR - The Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team has been swimming a longer course in practice this week. "We've been swimming 30 meters all week," senior Reid Chase said Wednesday night. "We're in the best shape of our lives right now; we're just swimming really well. " CdM assistant coach Ryan Bailey, the former UC Irvine All-American and a four-time Olympian, chimed in as he sat nearby. "Don't give away our secrets," Bailey said to Chase. The Sea Kings are not a secret to the other teams in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
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By Matt Szabo | January 8, 2014
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Ross Sinclair was greeted by Jason Lynch following Wednesday afternoon's nonleague game against Foothill. Lynch, an assistant coach with Foothill, is the former Newport Harbor High boys' water polo coach. He coached Sinclair during his playing days with the Sailors. "I'm trying to teach these girls about playing the game mentally, being a student of the game," Sinclair said. "I learned that from [Lynch]. I think I naturally have it, but I also learned more of it from him. Preparing is so crucial.
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By Matt Szabo | February 23, 2013
IRVINE - They were given pink crowns as they entered Woollett Aquatics Center on Saturday night. They waved white and purple and pink pompoms, the team colors of the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team. For the Sea Kings and their fans, this was a victory that was seven years in the making. That crown? It finally fits just right. Senior Ally McCormick scored four goals and CdM held on to defeat rival Newport Harbor, 6-5, to capture its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title.
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By Matt Szabo | February 20, 2014
After dropping from No. 2 to No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll and finishing second in the Sunset League, the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team did not necessarily come into the playoffs with positive momentum. But, while Wednesday's 8-5 home victory over Dos Pueblos in the first round was not especially convincing, the Sailors know that they still have an opportunity to put it all together. They will face Foothill, a 19-4 winner over Woodbridge, in the Division 1 quarterfinals Saturday at Newport Harbor High.
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