Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Dragon Water Polo Has Successful Summer

This summer twenty-five Dragons participated on nine teams at the largest water polo national tournament of its kind.  

The 18U Boys division included Matt Hahn, a rising Senior, and Pablo Valderrama who is a Junior. The 18U boys played against top-tier teams from California and played in the Gold Division. In the18U Girls division, recent graduates Gabi Gervasi and Jessie Nesbit, with rising Seniors Sydney Jones and Sofia Mahr, finished fourth in the Gold division. All of Southlake’s rising Seniors participated in a College Coach Meet and Greet sponsored by USA Water Polo, and were able to get good feedback about possibly playing Water Polo in college when they graduate. College coaches were also on hand to watch some of their games. Graduates Gabi Gervasi will be playing Water Polo at Marist College and Jessie Nesbit will be playing at Pomona/Pitzer.  

The 16U Girls team was included CHS Dragon Ashley Chand (10th) and the team finished 9th in the Gold Division.  They battled hard against mostly California teams and did well. The 16U boys included Ryan Perham and Andrew Galt on 16U Black, who finished 4th in the Gold Division, and Tomas Valderama and Devin Jain on the 16U Boys Silver team.

For the 14U Girls incoming Freshmen, Whitney Wood and Olivia Jones, with help from Jojo Walters, brought home hard-earned medals in the Gold division.  Following two tough losses on the first day, these ladies won eight games straight to win the gold medal in the 14U division. The Boys 14U also played in the Championship division and included rising freshman Jeb Bradford, and future dragons David Valderrama, Etash Bhat, and Hayden Hurrell.

Future Dragons Eric Winkler, Ryan Bradford, Joseph McCreary, Ryan Wood, and Chris Clarin, brought home the silver medal in the bronze division for their 12U Boys team. The 12U Girls team had two SLC dragons, Jojo Walters (future Dragon) and Amelia Chand (9th)  who were led by Coach Keeley Lowery. The girls had a blast and finished 7th in the Gold Division.