SBWPC’s U16 girls take home JO title

The Santa Barbara Water Polo Club was a force to be reckoned with at the 2010 S&R Sport USA Junior Olympics in Los Angeles last week. The club hauled in a number of superb results, including a gold medal for the 16-and-under girls team.

Kodi Hill was named MVP of the U16 Girls Division. (Peter Trabucco Photos)

SBWPC’s 16u girls “A” team, coached by Mark Walsh, went undefeated in the tournament over seven matches, culminated by a 7-5 victory in the championship match over San Diego Shores. Kodi Hill, a soon-to-be junior at Dos Pueblos High, was named the division’s MVP.

SBWPC has so many strong players in the 16-and-under age group that it fielded a “B” team, which finished in 12th place.

None of SBWPC’s girls teams finished lower than fourth in the country for that matter, as the 18-and-unders and 14-and-unders both finished in third, and the 12-and-unders in fourth.



On the boys’ side, the 14-and-under team placed fourth after an 8-6 setback to SHAQ in the third-place match. The boys 16s and 18s both finished in 7th place after winning their final matches in hotly contested battles. The 16s capped their tournament with an 12-11 win over the Lamorinda “A” team while the 18s bested Stanford 10-9.

The girls 14s and 18s also saw their final matches decided by a single goal. The 14s clipped Elite 10-9 and the 18s edged NorCal 8-7.

SBWPC's Girls U16 "A" Team


10 and Under Coed: 8th
12 and Under Boys: 11th
12 and Under Girls: 4th
14 and Under Boys: 4th in Gold Division
14 and Under Girls: 3rd
16 and Under Boys: 7th
16 and Under Girls: 1st
16 and Under B Girls: 12th
18 and Under Boys: 7th
18 and Under Girls: 3rd
18 and Under B Girls: 3rd in Gold Division