In an event that drew water polo club teams from throughout Orange County and Riverside counties, Laguna Beach Water Polo Club placed four teams in the top 10 in their respective divisions at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics qualifying tournament (Southern Pacific Area).
The girls' 14-and-Under team led the way by capturing first place in its division. The girls' 12U team was second in its division. The boys' 12U team finished fourth and the 10U team took seventh place.
The Southern Pacific Area zone had 87 teams competing in five divisions at various pool sites in Orange County. The qualifying tournament started June 1 and continued through Sunday.
Girls' 14U Division
Laguna Beach entered the tournament ranked No. 1, and lived up to that billing by winning in Irvine.
After receiving a first-round bye, Laguna opened with a 16-2 victory Saturday over C.D.M. (Corona del Mar/Newport Beach). That moved the locals on to a semifinal match against SET (Lake Forest). Laguna trailed by as much as two goals during the game, but was able to come away with a 9-8 victory to move on to the final.