Girls Varsity Water Polo Scores Big in League


Lucy Law

LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT SHOT: Kimora Farry (11) looks around at her teammates as they set up a 6 on 5 offense. After passing the ball around, Lacey Hall (12) shoots a swift goal, contributing to the final score of 11-6.

Sandhya Ganesan, Feature Editor

Girls varsity water polo has had a very notable season, going undefeated in the Sea View  League. They have won 19 games out of their 23 games, and has gone 4-0 in League.

Water polo’s season started off with with a victory against JSerra Catholic High School, winning by 13 points. They continued to win by five points against Garden Grove and then winning against Tustin 22 to 5. Their season moved on with the team playing against Costa Mesa and winning by 11 points. They lost by 2 points against Aliso Niguel, but won their next game against Troy by 7 points. They proceeded to win four out of their next six games, only losing to Aliso Niguel and Santa Monica. After the loss to Santa Monica, they kept a winning streak of five games until they lost to Valley View by a single point. Nevertheless, they continued to win their next five games and are now ranked Second in division.  

The most memorable part of the season is really hard to explain because the season isn’t over yet. We are making history for the girls water polo program everyday.

— Ivan Buich

“All of the players on varsity this year play club or have at least played club at some point, which definitely gives us a huge advantage over other teams in our area and sets us apart from our past seasons,” said senior, Caroline McClaskey.  

“Everyone had a good understanding of the game and lots of playing experience prior to the high school season,” said senior, Lacey Hall

“We have a great coach, great upper class leadership, and we are a close group who has fun together and plays as a team” said freshman Bailey VanBlarcom. She believes that the team’s bond is what helps them play so good in the pool.

“The team definitely has a great connection with each other. The girls all get along and have the same goal and hold each other accountable” says Coach Ivan Buich.

However, their incredible success hasn’t come by luck, the team has faced unfavorable odds but have still managed victory. During the teams recent tournament, the team lost their four games but managed to come back and win their next four games.

Their next two games were against two higher CIF division ranked teams. “We won the last game in sudden death overtime, it was a great victory,” Hall said.

The team seems to have the same goal, to win league finals and to go as far as they can in CIF, which has never happened in their program.

“I wouldn’t say that we are necessarily worried about a game but we have been training really hard this whole season to make it to CIF playoffs so that is what we are all looking forward to,” McClaskey says. “ The most memorable part of the season is really hard to explain because the season isn’t over yet. We are making history for the girls water polo program everyday,” Buich said.