Irvine, Calif. – Diablo Water Polo Club’s 12U Girls team, with players from around the East Bay, including Lamorinda, Alamo, Danville, Clayton, and Pleasant Hill, took home the Silver medal at the 2013 Junior Olympics this past weekend in Orange County. The 12U Girls team, coached by Bennett Indart and Head Coach John Roemer, defeated United Water Polo Club 10-4 in the semi-final on Sunday morning to face Santa Barbara in the Championship game. Santa Barbara prevailed, beating Diablo 7-2 for the Gold. Rounding out the top three was another Northern California team – San Ramon Valley based 680 Drivers. 680 defeated United 9-8 to earn the bronze medal.
The USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships is the largest age group water polo tournament in the Nation. Athletes and teams come from across the country to compete on the national stage. This year, over 500 teams, with over 9,000 athletes competed at the tournament, over a 4-day period within their respective age category, all vying for the gold medal and the National Champion title competing in pools around Orange County.
Diablo Water Polo was founded by Jim Purcell and Olympian, Maureen O’Toole-Purcell and the program’s alumni include Olympians Maggie & Jessica Steffens. For more information visitwww.diablowaterpolo.com.