by KELLEY GUSICH

Junior Olympians

x_olympians2This year at the Junior Olympics held at Stanford University, Poway Valley Water Polo (PVWP) sent four teams: the 16U boys, 12U boys, 14U girls, and the 10U co-ed team. While they all were incredibly competitive in this high-level contest, the 10-and-under co-ed team took fourth place nationally – the highest result reached by the club so far. PVWP is a nonprofit athletic club operating in facilities in the North County of San Diego, primarily at high schools Del Norte, Rancho Bernardo, and Poway.

When asked about their favorite experience at the Junior Olympics, goalie Ben Looges explained, “My favorite JO experience this year was playing some really good competitive teams – the best game was when we beat the Navy team!” He is an upcoming junior at Poway High, and has been playing water polo for five years. Freshman Lexi Burg has been playing for three years, and she enjoyed watching the older brackets compete. She shared, “The older teams are an inspiration for me to be the best I can be, in hopes of making the high school team and advancing to higher levels of play.” Goalie Oren Penning, a Design39Campus student, confirmed this outlook: “My favorite experience in the Junior Olympics this year was playing against very hard teams and getting fourth place in the country.”

Oren and field player Jaden Tijam are likely to be All-Americans as PVWP continues to expand in size and elevate its level of play. Learn more about Poway Valley Water Polo at www.pvwpgo.com.