Granite Bay grads win water polo national titles
More than 5,000 water polo players competed in two of the biggest tournaments of the year over 10 days in Orange County, and two Granite Bay High School graduates were among the champions.
Team captain Andrew Reego scored 12 goals in six games to help the Trojan Water Polo Club win the Men’s National Junior Olympics 21u division, including a 7-5 victory over Lamorinda in the final at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.
“This was my fifth Junior Olympics,” said Reego, a 6-foot-1 driver who plays for USC. “I remember finishing 46th of 48 in my first J.O. with Granite Bay, and even though we got better every year, finally winning this tournament with my current club is extra rewarding.”
The following weekend, the Men’s Open tournament featured athletes from professional teams like Olympic Club and New York Athletic Club, including former Olympians and older collegians.
In this best-of-the-best national tournament, former Granite Bay standout Jeff Tyrrell helped New York Athletic win the title. Tyrrell also is a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, from which the 2012 Olympians will be chosen.
In other divisions, Granite Bay grads Alison and Jessica Hamby finished their last Junior Olympics with American River Club and placed 17th in Platinum for Women’s 18u, and Granite Bay sophomore Grace Reego and her 16u American River team finished ninth in Gold. The Hambys are headed to Marist to play water polo on scholarship.
Also, 18u Boys Sacramento Black earned 14th in Platinum, 18u Boys Sacramento Orange finished 11th in Gold, and 16u Sacramento Black finished fourth in Gold.