Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Laurence Tummings Earns CC All-American Honors


California College State Championships

Men’s 3rd Place Game 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
#1N West Valley (22-13) 3 2 4 1 10
#2N Diablo Valley (18-5) 3 2 3 5 13

After dropping two of the three games in which Diablo Valley had faced West Valley this season, including an 11-5 setback at the Northern California Regional Championships last weekend, the Vikings of Diablo Valley exacted some revenge by recording a 13-10 win over the Vikings of West Valley in the California Community College Athletic Association 3rd Place game, which was played at the Cerritos College Aquatic Center. The first two meetings were one-goal games, and this one looked to go the same way until Diablo Valley came back from a 10-9 deficit to score the game’s final four goals. Ryan Sevilla tied the game at 10-10 with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter before Ori Raz, Laurence Tummings and Chad Nicholls followed with goals to close out the victory. Raz led all scorers with five goals, while goalkeeper Aleksander Garvic posted nine saves for Diablo Valley.

West Valley: Borjan Hrlec 4, Diego Aldea 1, Marko Zuric 1, Felip Delic 1, Nathan Kotylak 1, Mario Ringleman 1, Raphael Krempp 1
Diablo Valley: Ori Raz 5, Chad Nicholls 3, Ryan Sevilla 2, Laurence Tummings 1, Brendan McMahon 1, Petar Durakovic 1

Keeper Saves:
West Valley: Balint Meszaros 11
Diablo Valley: Aleksander Garvic 9

Monday, November 28, 2011

Taylor Stewart

Northeast High School
First Team All Broward County

2012 South Florida International Water Polo Tournament


Feb 17-19, 2012

All local clubs start making your plans now for the biggest, most competitive tourney in the entire eastern United States.

The 10th Annual South Florida International.

Over 40 teams from a dozen countries.

Every local club in south Florida should allow their members the opportunity to experience this multi-cultural, water polo extravaganza.

Tourney Info

Host:South Florida Water Polo
13375 Nw 11Th Place
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33323
Tournament Site:Coral Springs Aquatic Complex
12441 Royal Palm Blvd.
Coral Springs, FL  33065
Tournament Contact:Michael Goldenberg
Alt. Contact:Elina Goldenberg
Alt. Email:elinag10@gmail.com
Alt. Phone:954-296-1737

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beach Takes Down Valle

The Miami Beach International Water Polo Club defeated Valle, Colombia's National Champion Club Team today in the Masters Division at the 2011 Turkey Bowl.

Beach combined an aggressive, balanced attack with strong defense for the win. Goalie Patrick Furelos was outstanding in the net as he tallied numerous great stops in the victory.

Coach Paul Becskehazy said he was proud of the team's effort mentioning Valle seemed frustrated in the waning minutes as they tried to rally but Beach was determined with only victory in their sights.

Miami Whitecaps Water Polo Club

We are home to the 2009 Florida High School Undefeated Water Polo State Champions, The Belen Jesuit Wolverines.  The Miami Whitecaps Water Polo Club is a non-profit organization and was established to foster and promote the amateur sport of water polo. Our club is designed to benefit youth of all abilities and is operated in accordance with the standards and under the rules prescribed by FINA and USAWP. Miami Whitecaps Water Polo Club is affiliated to USA Water Polo- (Club ID: 16313), the national governing body for the sport of water polo in the United States under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  The Miami Whitecaps trains teams in the following age groups: 18-u, 16-un and 14-under.

The Whitecaps train everyday from Monday through Saturday at the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School at 500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184. To become a Whitecap or if you have any questions you can contact us at:
Telephone: 305-986-4442
Fax 305-668-4185
Address: 8300 SW 64th Street, Miami  FL 33143

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Miami Beach International Water Polo Club Turkey Bowl Tournament Update

Sunday: Beach plays Cali Colombia team "Valle" who is the Colombian National Club champion at 12:30 pm...Today in the Men's Open Division, MBIWPC Masters "A"defeated the Riptides in an epic shootout which took a full 10 penalty shots to consummate Beach's win!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


We finally have the correct schedule posted for the 2011 Julie Zureck-Ardila Thanksgiving Tournament (scroll down to yesterdays post for update). 

We apologize for the brief confusion but some putz told us yesterday we had the incorrect schedule so we changed it. Only to find out today that it was the correct one.

Thankfully the mysterious BK saved the day!

We here at SoFlo are currently conducting an investigation to uncover this plot....IP addresses beware!


Parents * Coaches * Friends

Don't forget to forward your photos & stories from the tourney to  soflowaterpolo@gmail.com
and we will gladly publish them for you & yours :))

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

As coach and player, Adam Wright gets to live two water polo dreams

Wright, 34, in his third season as coach of the UCLA men's team, remains a member of the U.S. national team. He's hoping for a national title with the Bruins and a gold medal in the Olympics.

For as long as he can remember, Adam Wright wanted to become a water polo coach.

As a kid he'd watch the NCAA tournament — then held almost annually at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza — and marvel at the influence a good coach could exert. As a standout at Long Beach Wilson High, a two-time NCAA champion at UCLA, mainstay of the U.S. national team and two Olympic squads, he studied his coaches, adapting their mannerisms and ideas to form his own philosophy.

He got a chance to put that into practice two years ago when UCLA offered him the chance to coach the men's team, but he wasn't ready to hang up his swim cap after a silver-medal finish in Beijing. Convinced that continuing to play would enhance his coaching abilities, Wright took on both roles — in addition to being a husband and father to a 2-year-old daughter with another child on the way.

"It's not an ordinary thing to do but he's not an ordinary guy," said Adam Krikorian, who preceded Wright at UCLA and now coaches the U.S. women's national team. "A coaching job in itself is not an ordinary life. But if anyone can do it, Adam can."

Wright's Bruins (20-4) are seeded third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, which opens Friday at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center. The winner will advance to the NCAA tournament next weekend at UC Berkeley.

The Bruins won the MPSF tournament in 2009, Wright's coaching debut, but lost to USC in the NCAA final. They missed the NCAA's last season. This season they've lost only to the teams ranked ahead of them, USC and Cal, twice each.

"I do like the way the group has grown over the year. I do like the way they respond," Wright said. "And I do like that they know going into any game that they can do it, that they have a chance if they're doing the right things, the things they're supposed to be doing. That's a much better mind-set now than where we were, I think."

Reaching this point has been a taxing experience for the 34-year-old Westside resident.

He stretched his days from 5:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to accommodate training and coaching before he competed at the Pan Am Games last month in Guadalajara. He returned with a fractured left hand, suffered while he helped the U.S. finish first and clinch a berth at the London Olympics.

"It's been a whirlwind," he said, "but I feel fortunate to be in this position. Learning what some of the best coaches in the world are doing has been a tremendous help to me as a coach. Playing, too, being in the middle of the action at the highest level, gives me the chance to translate that here."

He's fortunate that the national team's schedule has rarely conflicted with the Bruins' schedule, but he's spending a lot of time away from his family and on the road between Westwood and Thousand Oaks when the national team is training.

"I know as much as anybody out there Adam wants this shot at a gold medal next summer and he's committed to that," Team USA Coach Terry Schroeder said. "He studies the sport, lives it and puts a lot of energy in as a player and a coach. I appreciate it."

UCLA senior Cullen Hennessy said Wright "definitely gives the team some tough love," but his affection is clear.

"He really wants this for us. He wants us to have all the experiences he did," Hennessy said. "When he's on deck all his attention is to us and this team."

When Wright is playing, his teammates get that same unshakable focus. They grew up together and decided, as one, that their 14-10 loss to Hungary in the Beijing final would not be their last or lasting mark.

"I just remember looking at some of the guys I started playing with when I was 9 years old, 8 years old, and crying. I felt like an opportunity slipped by, which is not always easy to swallow in life," Wright said. "We made a decision to come back and there's a chance. There's so many factors. It takes a lot, even luck on your side.

"But if we do have the chance to get back there and we are able to do it, it would cap a long, winding road for a group that has always been very committed to each other, a group that knows more about each other than their own families, maybe. A unique group that doesn't really exist in sports where they make such a commitment to each other for such a long time for not a lot of financial support. They do it because of the love of the game but more importantly, how much they care about each other."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Park's Martin commits to Michigan


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan water polo head coach Matt Anderson has announced the signing of eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The list of signees for the 2012-13 academic year includes five All-America selections, former members of the Junior Olympic squads and the state of Ohio Player of the Year, with the entire list holding academic merits.
This list includes Katie Allison (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington)Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis)Hayden Green (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo),Kirby Kaptur (Willow Springs, Ill./Lyons Township)Kelly Martin (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park)Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor)Emily Sejna (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) and Alexandra Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic).
"When we went into this year's class, we were looking for a couple of specific positions, but we had such an overwhelming amount of young ladies that really wanted to come and play at Michigan, which is a positive," said Anderson. "It means they like what we're doing and they obviously like what the school is capable of doing for them. Then, we readjusted what we were looking for to try and get the players that we liked as people and as players that we know will fit in well here.
"About every fourth year I have a large class, meaning it pushes close to 10 student-athletes, and this kind of falls into that category," added Anderson. "Some years we go smaller, but every fourth or fifth year I've tended to have a large class. Just like last year, when we lost a large senior class, that's what I would expect out of this group coming in, that they will have four years to do well for us at the various positions and then in four years they will have brought a lot to the table like our previous senior classes have."
The signees will join a roster that will lose four seniors. U-M will open the 2012 season when it hosts the Michigan Kick-Off on Jan. 21-22 at Canham Natatorium.
Kelly Martin (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) -- Martin was named to both All America and USA Water Polo All-Academic teams. She was selected to the NISCA All America team from 2009-11, was named Metro Conference All-Academic in swimming and water polo, and was named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Central Florida water polo first team (2009-11). In 2010 and 2011, Martin helped WPHS reach the Florida state championship match and finish runner-up in both seasons.
Anderson stated, "Ever since 2001, we have been recruiting out of Florida ahead of pretty much every college, and we've always had a very good relationship with getting the very good Florida players to come to Michigan. Kelly continues that. She's going to bring a lot of intensity and effort to the table."

Winter Park’s Kelly Martin commits to play water polo at Michigan
brentley romine
orlando sentinel

Winter Park senior Kelly Martin has committed to play water polo at Michigan, her dad, Jim Martin, told the paper Saturday in an email.

“She had a lot of schools recruiting her such as Maryland, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, California, San Diego St., Colorado St. and numerous others but loved the opportunity at Michigan and decided not to drag the recruiting process out and accept Michigan’s scholarship offer,” Jim Martin said.

Kelly Martin, who also swims for the Wildcats, totaled 96 goals and 48 assists as a junior and helped Winter Park reach last year’s state water polo tournament. She is a two-time All-Central Florida water polo first-team selection.

Monday, November 21, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) continues to prove its dominance in academics as the league has six of the eight teams that recorded perfect Graduation Success Rates in the latest National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I report.
The report shows that Brown UniversityBucknell University,Fordham UniversityPrinceton University and St. Francis College (N.Y.) recorded perfect Graduation Success Rates.  Outside the CWPA, only the University of California-Davis and Stanford University proved the equal of the East Coast institutions.
Overall, the CWPA has seven of the Top 10 success scores in the nation with the United States Naval Academy ranking ninth with a 95, while the University of California-Los Angeles completes the Top 10 with a 90.
Other CWPA institutions to rate in the rankings including George Washington University (78), Iona College (75) and Mercyhurst College (62).
“Success for student-athletes is ultimately measured by how well they do in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “There is room for greater progress, and we continue to work hard to that end, but today we celebrate this important milestone.”
On a national level, water polo continues to rate among the best performing sports ranking fourth with a 85 Graduation Success Rate to trail only lacrosse (88), gymnastics (87) and tennis (86) and rank well in front of the NCAA average score for all sports of 80.
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.  The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.
By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by 37 percent. 
The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2001-2002 through 2004-05. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 76,500 in the federal rate. 
The NCAA also has released the latest Division II graduation rate data, including the division’s Academic Success Rate. This is the sixth year the NCAA has released the Division II ASR, which is similar to the Division I GSR and also includes student-athletes not receiving athletically related financial aid.
In the CWPA, Salem International University (86), former league member Queens College (N.Y.) (80), Mercyhurst College (62) and Gannon University (60) rate between the University of California-Davis (100), University of California-San Diego (95) and California Baptist University (60).
Division III student-athletes are not covered by the federal graduation rate methodology, because it only includes student-athletes who receive athletics financial aid.  Therefore, the data for Division III are used to analyze success rates within the student bodies.  In all, students who entered Division III institutions in the fall of 2004 showed a federal graduation rate of 65 percent, while the latest four-year average is 63 percent.
The Division III Presidents Council in 2009 approved exploring the possibility of calculating graduation rate and academic-success rates for Division III student-athletes. A pilot program using graduation-rate data collected from volunteering institutions began this past spring. Results are expected later this fall.

Division I

Brown University100
Bucknell University100100
Fordham University100100
Harvard University100
Princeton University100
St. Francis College100100
Stanford University100100
U.S. Naval Academy95
Santa Clara University8971
U.S. Air Force Academy89
UC-Santa Barbara8671
Loyola Marymount University8278
George Washington University7863
Iona College75
Pepperdine University7571
Mercyhurst College6240
Long Beach State University5760
University of the Pacific5029

Division II

UC-San Diego95
Salem International University8667
Queens College (N.Y.)8071
Mercyhurst College6240
Gannon University6060
California Baptist University6043
GSR - Graduation Success Rate; FGR - Federal Graduation Rate; ASR - Academic Success Rate