Irvine, Calif. – Diablo Water Polo Club’s 11-12 year-old girls team, which consists of players from Danville and throughout the East Bay, took home the silver medal at the 2013 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics last week in Orange County, Calif. The 12-and-under girls won the chance to compete for the national championship in their age division by defeating United Water Polo Club of Los Alamitos, Calif. 10-4 in the semi-final last Sunday morning. That win earned Diablo the right to face Santa Barbara Water Polo Club in the gold-medal game later that afternoon. Santa Barbara finished on top, beating Diablo 7-2 for the gold. The Diablo under-12 girls were led by Head Coach John Roemer and Assistant Coach Bennett Indart. Rounding out the top three finishes was another Northern California team: San Ramon Valley-based 680 Drivers Water Polo Club. 680 defeated United 9-8 to earn the bronze medal.
The USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships is the largest water polo tournament in the country. Athletes and teams come from across the nation to compete on the national stage. The Junior Olympics Tournament consists of two divisions, the Championship Division and the Classic Division. Teams compete over a 4-day period within their respective age category. The tournament has grown in size, with over 9,000 athletes competing in pools across Orange County in 2013.
Diablo Water Polo Club was founded by Jim Purcell and Olympian Maureen O’Toole-Purcell, and the program’s alumni include Olympians Maggie and Jessica Steffens. For more information, visit www.diablowaterpolo.com.
Top row: Coach Bennett Indart, Bella Wentzel, Christina Crum, Ali Bamberger, Lauren Indart, Alex Brown, Head Coach John Roemer
Bottom row: Brooke Westphal, Jewel Roemer, Sydney Milham, Apurva Oak, Nina Munson, Morgan Lewis, Julia Laurland, Jenna Seaman. (not pictured: Lexi Rowell)