Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cypress Bay's Schmidt Hammers In Two As Pacific Advances

Pacific Outlasts UC Davis To Reach NCAA Semis

LOS ANGELES - The Pacific men's water polo team kept UC Davis at arms length most of the game and hung on for a 13-12 win in the NCAA Quarterfinals Thursday at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Luke Pavillard led the Tigers with four goals and four steals, while Engin Ege Colak added three goals. Andres Schmidt scored two goals and added four steals on defense, while Kale Ai added two goals and three steals. Devon Thumwood and Ben Stevenson also scored for Pacific.
The Tigers led for over 21 minutes, but UC Davis rallied from down 13-8 to pull within 13-12 with 1:04 to go, forcing Pacific to make one defensive stand to advance.

No. 5 Pacific advances to the NCAA Semifinals and will take on No. 1 UCLA on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Tigers improve to 21-5 on the season, while No. 8 UC Davis finishes 2017 at 22-7. Pacific has won 11 in a row against the Aggies, and are now 5-2 in NCAA Tournament play.

After trading steals, Pacific got on the board first as Colak ripped home a shot from three meters away. Off a steal, Devon Thumwood scored in transition with a cross-cage shot for a 2-0 lead. But the Tigers picked up a exclusion and Morgan Olson-Fabbro lobbed it over the goalie on the restart to cut the Tigers lead in half. Ai recorded a steal and fed Pavillard in front, who hit the side panel for a 3-1 lead.

In the second, Spencer Galli tallied for the Aggies, but Ai finished off a power-play with a goal under the arm of R.J. Quigley for a 4-2 lead. Holden Tamblyn immediately responded with a goal for UC Davis. After a Pacific exclusion, Nick Coufal scored from three meters away to tie the game 2:20 before halftime. The Aggies took a 5-4 lead when a five-meter penalty shot was awarded and Jack Stafford. Pacific knotted the game at 5-5 when Andres Schmidt finished off a pass down low at the post from Ben Stevenson.

Pavilliard tossed a long, cross-pool pass to Ai, who hit a driving Stevenson in the middle for a tap-in goal and a 6-5 Pacific lead early in the third. But off a common foul, Olson-Fabbro finished off another lob goal. Colak shoved in a power-play goal on the short-side for a 7-6 lead, and Ai powered a shot past Quigley on a breakaway for an 8-6 advantage.

But the Aggies were awarded a 6-on-4 power play, and Riley Venne collapsed down and finished off the hands of a Tiger defender to pull within one. After a pair of stops by Osmanovic, Pavillard's spinning shot was tucked inside the post for a 9-7 lead. Ai fed Schmidt driving to the back post for Schmidt's second goal for a three-goal advantage.

In the fourth, Stafford snuck one past Osmanovic to bring the Aggies within 10-8, but Pavilliard drilled a shot from the wing off Quigley and in to restore the three-goal lead. Schmidt fed Pavillard of an insurance goal and the Tigers drew a power player. Colak capped the advantage for a 13-8 lead with 3:34 remaining off an assist from Thumwood.

Ido Goldschmidt scored on a penalty shot and then in transition to tighten up the score. Pacific posted a stop, but Yurii Hanley wrestled the rebound away from Osmanovic and shoved it into the goal to pull UC Davis within 13-11 with 1:56 remaining.

The Aggies were awarded a third five-meter penalty shot with 1:05 to go, with Goldschmidt putting a shot just off the outstretched fingertips of Osmanovic to close within one.

Pacific spread the pool and after using all 30 seconds on the clock, fired a shot on net that was saved by Quigley. The Tigers locked down defensively and left the Aggies without a good look on their final shot, which trickled wide with eight seconds left as the Tigers survived and advanced.

Pacific recorded 15 steals on defense, but the Tigers were whistled for nine offensive fouls and 11 exclusions, including the three five-meter penalty shots for UC Davis.

The Tigers will face the top-ranked Bruins at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a place in the national championship game. UCLA is 19-4 on the season. In the regular season matchup at UCLA, the Bruins escaped with a 12-11 win over the Tigers back on October 28.

Official NCAA Men's Tourney Site

2018 Spring in the Swamp Tournament

Water Polo Tournament

Saturday March 24th & Sunday March 25th 2018

Hosted by University of Florida Men’s Club Water Polo Team

Dwight H Hunter "Northeast" Pool
1100 Northeast 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Open Tournament, CWPA rules

2 25x20 playing areas with floating goals
Warm up available
Colorado Timing System in use for both playing areas

16 team bracket (3 game Guarantee)
Competition to begin March 24th at 8:00AM
7 Minute Quarters, (timeouts: 4 per game)

1st place Gator trophy will be issued to the 2018 Spring in the Swamp Champion

Entry Fee:
$500 per team entered
entry deadline: January 15th 2018

Throwback Thursday: 2007 Miami Herald All Broward Water Polo Team

(partial group)
Dana, Martina, Hanna, Paloma, Elina, Andrea,
Brian, Chris & Greg.

Breiter training & touring in Panama

Happy Birthday to "The King"

James "King Cole" Grady
Boca Raton High
Palm Beach County Player of the Year
SoFlo Water Polo Blog First Team All Tri-County

SFWPC 2012

Happy Birthday Taylor

Taylor Reeves
Boone High
University of Maryland

@Maryland 2011

National Water Polo Championship / Trinidad and Tobago

Southern Cal to Stream 2017 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship Quarterfinals Today

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The road to the field of four teams for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Water Polo Championship continues on Thursday, November 30, with the tournament quarterfinals at the University of Southern California’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
The pair of quarterfinals begin at 5:00 p.m. Pacific/8:00 p.m. Eastern as No. 8-ranked/Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Champion the University of California-Davis battles No. 5/Golden Coast Conference Champion the University of the Pacific with the winner advancing to take on at-large selection/No. 1 the University of California-Los Angeles at 3:00 p.m. Pacific/6:00 p.m. Eastern in the tournament semifinals on Saturday, December 2. 
Pacific advanced to the quarterfinals courtesy a 16-2 defeat of Division III No. 1/Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Champion Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday, November 25.
Following the UC-Davis-vs.-Pacific game, the host/Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Champion Trojans will attempt to stop No. 12/Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Champion Harvard University at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.  The victor of the USC-Harvard game advances to meet defending National Champion/at-large selection/No. 3 the University of California at 5:15 p.m. Pacific/8:15 p.m. Eastern in the tournament semifinals on December 2 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Harvard earned its spot in the quarterfinals via a 15-13 overtime defeat of No. 17/Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Champion George Washington University on November 25 in Cambridge, Mass.
For fans unable to make the trip to USC, the Trojans will provide live-streaming coverage of both quarterfinal games through the Pac-12 Network.  Fans can access the stream, produced by USC, by CLICKING HERE.
The semifinals and title game on December 2-3 will be streamed live on .

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Advanced Swim Dry Land

Holiday Water Polo Camp in Central Florida

December 27, 2017-December 30, 2017 
Lake Highland Preparatory School, 901 Highland Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, USA
Host: Orlando United WPC



The 9th Annual Nike 5meter Winter in the Tropics Water Polo Camp will be held December 27th - 30th, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with the top players and coaches in the country.
The focus of the program will be in-water instruction on the fundamentals of the game. Fundamental passing, shooting, team and individual defense along with tactical discipline and individual aspects of the game will be discussed. 
*Goalies will work with Genai Kerr on all aspects of protecting the cage.
  • Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
  • Olympians get in the pool with you to demonstrate and lead drills
  • Low camper to instructor ratio
  • Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
  • Position Specific Training for Drivers, Shooters, Goalies & 2 Meter Offense & Defense
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  • Genai Kerr


    Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport.  Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. 
  • John Abdou Ucsb


    John Abdou, a veteran collegiate and national team coach, is currently the High Performance Director for USA Water Polo. In this position Abdou oversee's the Olympic Development Program in
  • Felix Mercado Brown


    Felix Mercado has been the Head Men's and Women's water polo coach at Brown University since he was hired in the summer of 2007. Mercado spent the two seasons prior to coming to Brown at the


Directing the program is USA Water Polo Olympian, Genai Kerr. A true ambassador of the sport, Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years, playing in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, as well as multiple World Championships. 
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2017 4th Annual Hialeah Storm Winter Invite

December 9, 2017-December 10, 2017 
Milander Aquatic Center, 4820 Palm Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012, USA

THIS WEEKEND!! 2017 SE Zone ODP Identification Tournament Dec. 2&3

Participating Teams

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This Girl Can: water polo taster huge hit with local school girls

Manchester schoolgirls enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at the BUCS “This Girl Can” event hosted by University of Manchester Water Polo

The campaign This Girl Can, having begun in 2015, is continuing to inspire thousands of young girls to pursue sport opportunities and give confidence to those who still have reservations about taking that first step and trying something new.
Evidently, this is the kind of campaign has been wanted for a long time: in the UK, research shows that fewer women than men play sport regularly, a whole two million fewer 14-40 year olds in total. It is no wonder, therefore, that this event by This Girl Can was so well received.
In attendance was British Summer Championships Gold Medalist Katie Matts, who spoke to some of the girls taking part about her life in sport and what can be done to inspire more young women to participate in sporting activity. Asked about the benefits of sport for young girls, Katie told The Mancunion: “Enjoyment! And within sport, there are amazing opportunities to make friends that you otherwise would not have made. And I think that supporting each other can make it so much easier to get started, encouragement is extremely important.”
This sentiment was echoed by those taking part in the session. All of the girls agreed that taking part with others is a big help, particularly when trying a sport for the first time. This makes events like these by This Girl Can all the more important.
For many young women lacking the confidence required to involve themselves in the world of sport, it’s hugely important to create an environment such as this where girls are able to express their passions and feel confident in themselves. This goes someway to unlocking the potential of many, giving long overdue limelight for future stars.
But This Girl Can does much more than this. The campaign tells the story of the ‘real’ girls in sport. The overarching worry of women is that they are not good enough, not fit enough, the wrong size or shape. At Wednesday’s event, there was no such judgments. The campaign does something different to every other campaign preceding it, and excludes absolutely no one.
Such a primary concept of sport, that it exists in order to bring people together, but until now appeared to have been forgotten. One pupil remarked, “I would definitely bring friends with me, to get them involved and stop them being embarrassed”. The mindset of shame is something that This Girl Can endeavours to remove and events such as these are a fantastic benchmark for how girls should be given access to sport.
Throughout the sessions provided by University of Manchester Water Polo, young girls of all abilities were able to take part, some seasoned Water Polo players and others total beginners. The environment faultless, each was encouraged and included in a low pressure atmosphere and in allowing girls of a young age opportunities to take up sports, it is far more likely to invoke a passion which will carry through as they become older.
One may argue the main pressures on girls in sport comes from a perceived judgement which is much more relevant to teenagers, and in persuading girls of 11 or 12 to participate in sport the campaign hopes that this lifestyle will continue with them into adulthood.
Having helped run the event, University of Manchester Water polo can be proud of their contribution to women in sport. As an extremely inclusive club, they fulfilled the role of  ideal hosts, giving not only high quality coaching to the girls but confidence and advice. The reception was overwhelmingly positive, with one of the main issues raised in conversation with the schoolchildren being body image. It was clear to see an impact has already been made, with girls stating they would “feel confident enough to admonish anyone making disparaging comments about women in sport”. It is this kind of confidence and belief of women in themselves, that is certainly the missing ingredient for more women pursuing sport.
Overall the campaign of This Girl Can has clearly made excellent strides in bringing women everywhere into the conversation of sport, and their work providing occasions like this one has been greeted with passion by many. The BUCS This Girl Can Week has invoked a new wave of inspiration around women’s sport with options such as Water Polo being a great access point into sport for women who have the desire to try something new.
Having heard the same urge from all those who took part: Have a go! The event can be seen as a tremendous success.


Photos from the 2017 Men’s National Collegiate Club, Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference, Northeast Water Polo Conference, Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-West Region and Division III National Collegiate Club Championships are now available for purchase on the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Photo Store.

Brilliant Polytechnic surge into UK top five

London club Polytechnic, the dominant force in UK men’s club water polo from the 1970s through to the 1990s, are back in the big-time after a long absence.
The British League season reached its halfway point at the weekend, with qualification for places in the premier competition, the Super 5s, the key issue as the eight-team Division 1 concluded at Lancaster (25/26 November). Poly took the event by storm, beating Invicta 13-8 and then pulling off a stunning 8-7 victory over powerful City of Manchester.
There was more to come. On day two, they met City of Sheffield in what by then was a winner-takes-all meeting for a guaranteed top five spot. Poly simply steamrollered the opposition, taking a 4-1 lead in the first period and eventually winning 12-6. Chris Brown and Giacomo Cupido were the chief scorers with four apiece.
In the end, Poly’s magnificent treble at Lancaster enabled them to finish as runners-up behind Solihull and make it through to the Super 5s for the first time. Manchester, Lancaster and Cheltenham also qualified but Sheffield, who began the final weekend in second place, missed out altogether and will now drop to the second-tier Championship 1 along with Invicta and Scotland’s representatives, Caledonia.
In the women’s competition, City of Manchester, reigning champions Liverpool Lizards, London club Otter, Coventry and Sheffield have progressed to the Super 5s. For all the latest results and news from the UK, go to

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NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament Results: Harvard, Pacific Advance

Pacific men's water polo players Luke Pavillard and Kale Ai. 
Photo Courtesy Pacific Athletics

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor
This weekend the 2017 Men’s Water Polo Tournament kicked off with a pair play-in games on opposite coasts.

On Saturday the University of Pacific pummeled hapless Pomona-Pitzer 16-2 in Stockton, CA, while in Cambridge, CA, Harvard punch a ticket to a second consecutive California trip with a thrilling 15-13 OT win over NCAA novice George Washington.
Pacific 16 – Pomona-Pitzer 2
The pairing of these two California schools—one of six that qualified for NCAAs—was a topic of discussion. #5 Pacific is nationally higher ranked than #8 University of California Davis, which opened up questions as to why the Tigers, and not the Aggies, were forced to play an extra game against #17 Pomona-Pitzer.
“Eligibility and availability of student-athletes for NCAA championships” is one criteria for NCAA selection. According to Brown Head Coach Felix Mercado, President of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches who has previously served on the section committee, cost trumped competition. The Sagehens could travel by bus to Stockton to face the Tigers; they would have to travel by plane for a match against the Aggies.
The real loser in this situation was Pomona-Pitzer, which had a reasonable chance to advance facing UC-Davis but—as the results showed—virtually no shot against Pacific. The nation’s top offensive team based upon Algorithm for Rate-Referenced Iterative Analysis of Game Activity (ARRIGA) metrics, the Tigers captured the Golden Coast Conference first-ever NCAA men’s automatic qualifier.
Photo Courtesy: Pacific Athletics
Leading the onslaught for Head Coach James Graham’s team was Luke Pavillard, with three goals, four assists and five steals—among 18 thefts by the Tigers. The GCC Player of the Year had plenty of help; Engin Ege Colak and Luis Araya both chipped in with hat tricks for the Tigers,  now 2-0 all-time against the Sagehens, have never lost to a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (27-0), whose automatic bid has been captured by Pomona-Pitzer the past two years .
Head Coach Alex Rodriguez’s team held the home team at bay for much of the first half, as senior goalie Daniel Diemer (11 saves) kept his team in the game. But a 5-1 deficit quickly ballooned to double digits after intermission, as the Tiger rang up 11 goals, snapping a Sagehorn seven-match winning streak and pushing the visitors into an early exit from NCAAs.
Pacific will next play UC-Davis on Thursday, November 30 at 5 p.m. (PST) at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Harvard 15 – George Washington 13
#17 George Washington and #12 Harvard went out it for the first 16 minutes of their NCAA play-in match like two heavyweight boxers looking for a quick knockout. The two teams combined for 17 goals in a first half that saw the host Crimson leading 9-8 at intermission
The third period saw Harvard extend its lead to two, but the underdog Colonials—led by Atakan Destici’s four goals—mounted a comeback and more. They scored four straight goals to take a 13-11 lead with five minutes left in the fourth period. Head Coach Barry King then elected to sit on his lead, which cost his team dearly. With three minutes to go, Dennis Blyashov trimmed the George Washington lead to one with his fourth goal of the match. Then, with the Colonials running off clock, a steal by Jackson Enright led to his 3-meter goal with 43 seconds, lifting the Crimson into a 13-all deadlock.
Dennis Blyashov. Photo Courtesy: Harvard Athletics
Host Harvard immediately pressed the attack in overtime, with Blyashov hammering home what turned out to be the game-winner just seconds into extra time. Colin Chiapello closed out the scoring with a strike in front of the cage, ending a threat from the neophyte Colonials.
In comments on the GW Athletics website, the George Washington coach praised his team in their first-ever post-season trip.
“You can’t be anything but pleased with what the guys gave us today,” said King, who guided the history-making effort in his first season in charge. “They completely emptied their tanks and played with a pride that I don’t know has been seen here before.”
Next up for the Head Coach Ted Minnis’s team is a rematch with #1 USC at 7 p.m. (PST). The Trojans are the tournament’s third seed despite winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and the MPSF’s automatic berth.
Last year, Harvard was routed 19-4 by USC in an NCAA semifinal match, propelling the Trojans to a 12th straight national championship final. The University of California beat USC 11-8 in overtime , earning Head Coach Kirk Everist’s program a record 14th NCAA title.
The winners of Thursday’s matches will advance to the Final Four on Saturday; the Pacific/UC-Davis winner will face top seed UCLA, while the USC/Harvard winner will face #2 seed Cal.