A hard fought battle Valley falls short in the final & WINS the Silver Medal! Way to go Girls! #GoValleyGo #2016JOs
After a summer of swimming, training and a little suntanning, the largest contingent of FVWP players to date have made a mark of their own in the USA water polo world. The USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships is the largest age group water polo tournament in the United States. Athletes and teams come from across the country 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.
A big congrats to the 16U girls team who for the very first time competed in the US water polo event coming out with an impressive silver medal in the Classic Division of the tournament. Gabby Mantyka, Holly Fedyck, Deena Charles, Kayla Preocanin, Emily Bird, Ava Morrant, Katarina Preocanin, Kinga Wisniewska and Brynn Jonastchick with Coach Justin played to win every game but their very last against a very tough Huntington Beach Team. This marks the first loss for this team in just over two years.
Other FVWP female players we are proud of competing with US teams over the weekend include:
- Devyani McLaren playing for SET Pink in the 18U Classic Division, also pulling in a silver medal! Congrats Devyani and her team!
- Yuri Cowie playing for 18U Girls Santa Clara team placing 16th in the Championship division.
- Abbie Carter playing with the 14U Girls Huntington Beach Blue Team placing 21st in the Championship division.
The previous week had the boys competing in the national competition, also down in San Jose. Playing for Northwest Water Polo Club out of Seattle, Washington were a large group of our players adding their strengths to the NWPC Orcas.
On the 14U team, Alex Preocanin, Jordan Novota, Quinn Davies, Joe Bird, and Antonio Martins finished the Championship Division tournament in 42nd place.
The 16U boys team, also competing in the Championship Division, supplementing their full team with Garrett Davis, Riley Bennett, and Cam Davies. Their team finished in 36th position overall.
Finally the FVWP supported the young 18U boys team with the addition of Sam Remfry, Richard Laurie, Ashton Erickson, Garrett Davis, Riley Bennett and Cam Davies. Their team finished with a respectable 45th position in the highly competitive Championship 18U Division Tournament.
Taking advantage of a California summer, Adam Carter and Cameron Carter played for the Huntington Beach to take a 8th and 17th place respectively in the 14U Championship Division and 18U Classic Division.
A big congratulations to all our players, we are super proud of their accomplishments and look forward to the upcoming season with their new found skills and competitive edge.