Water Polo Girls Win Silver

Top row, from left: Coach Erich Fischer, Aria Fischer, Bella Baldridge, Samantha Loughlin, Thea Walsh, Danielle Borelli, Joie Selin, Isabel Riches, Katya Cox and Coach Scott Baldridge; bottom row, Evie Cant, Angelique Begay, Niva Razin, Sophia Lucas and Audrey Duffy. Photo by James Cant

By  Steve Riches, Special to the Independent

This past weekend, Laguna’s sixth-grade and under girls competed in the San Diego County Cup and returned home with a silver medal, going up against some of the nation’s top teams.

The cup is the second biggest water polo event in the country after the National Junior Olympics, with 168 teams competing in 18 different pools.

In the first game Friday in El Cajon, Laguna girls cruised to a 7-1 victory against Riverside.

On Saturday morning, the team took on Santee, Laguna’s first win of the day, 8-4. After lunch, the girls earned two more wins against Newport Beach 10-2 and Saddleback El Toro (SET) 10-3.

That evening in the semi-finals, the girls challenged Northern California’s 680 Drivers, who won against Laguna at the Winterfest Tournament in February. After a close game, Laguna scored the winning goal in the last minute to earn a spot in the finals with a 8-7 score.

In La Jolla, venue for the gold medal match up, Laguna’s girls ended the weekend with a well-earned silver medal, losing to strong team from Santa Barbara, 5-8.

“ The girls did a great job in this very high profile tournament and we are looking forward to playing many of these same teams again at the National Junior Olympics in August,” said club administrator Chad Beeler.

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