Five teams of young local athletes recently qualified for and attended the Junior Olympics – a record for Poway Valley Water Polo. Over 50 boys and girls made their way to Irvine for the four-day National Championship Tournament. The 10 and under boys’ team went to the platinum bracket with a 23rd place national finish; the 12 and under boys earned a third place medal in the gold bracket and 27th overall; and the 12 and under girls placed 35th overall.

The growing program was led by coaches Roger McAulay; Greg Hakim; John Guilianotti, Poway High’s varsity water polo coach; Brandon Rath, Poway High’s junior varsity water polo coach; and Trevor King, Ashley Purdy, and Carly Lupien, all Poway High graduates.