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The Water Polo girls celebrate winning the league title game.

The Water Polo girls celebrate winning the league title game.

Photo Courtesy of Sona Halajian

Photo Courtesy of Sona Halajian

The Water Polo girls celebrate winning the league title game.

Otis Lyons, Sports Editor

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The Water Polo program has continued its dominance this year, with both varsity teams winning yet another MCAL championship. The teams have reached a combined eight titles in the past five years. During this successful run, the total 100 regular season matches saw just one defeat, a 2014 loss to the Marin Catholic girls.

After an unblemished 7-0 MCAL record, the girls team cruised through league playoffs, winning the semifinal over Redwood 7-4 before rolling past rivals Marin Catholic 13-6 in the title game.

The boys followed suit, matching the girls regular season record before taking 18-2 and 13-4 triumphs over Justin Siena and Tam en route to a third straight pennant.

Both teams earned the second seed in NCS playoffs, which begin Wednesday, Nov. 1. The girls open their title attempt versus #15 Cardinal Newman, while the boys will play a day later against California High School.

On the trails, winning this year has been as common as in the pool. The girls finished the dual meet regular season with an 8-1 record, the only blemish a slip up to league leaders Tam.

Led by Seniors Zoe Miller and Shannon McKillop-Herr, the team has high hopes in the run up to the MCAL league championship meet, and the NCS regional meet in weeks to come.

With four spots from NCS on offer at the State meet, there is reasonable hope for a postseason run.

Although many eyes are on the rest of the season, the upcoming years appear promising for the girls. Of the current top seven, four will return next year, including freshman Kyla Seely, who has already broken into the core group.

The boys finished league play with a perfect 9-0 record, and are favorites for both MCAL and NCS glory.

They will be in the running for a top five finish at States this year; returning five of their top seven for next year, the boys will have a lot to look forward to as they head into the postseason.

 

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