Dragons Compete at USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics
Aug 03, 2016 07:30AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Four members of the men’s Dragon Water Polo team competed at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics last month. The competition is the largest age group water polo tournament in United States. Athletes and teams from around the country converge on the national stage, competing over a four-day period within their respective age category.
Dragon athletes included Matt Hahn, Sean Murphy, Zachary Lowery and Nate Winkler.
Hahn, a rising sophomore who was a starter for the Dragons his freshman year, competed on the 16U team, which finished 11th in the Gold division. Murphy is a recent Carroll Senior High graduate who will attend college in Arizona; Lowery is a rising senior and USA Water Polo All American; Winkler is a rising senior and goalie.
Over the summer, these athletes competed in the highly competitive 18U division and placed 24th in the Platinum division. This is the highest an 18U men’s team from Texas has placed.
Thunder Water Polo, a North Texas team with members primarily from Southlake, Flower Mound and Denton, also had future Dragons competing in the 14U and 12U divisions. The 14U team placed 22nd in the Platinum division, and 12U placed 19th in Gold.
On the girls’ side, Thunder Water Polo sent eight Lady Dragons and future Dragons to the National Junior Olympics.
Players included: Katie Nedrow, graduating senior who will play for Bucknell University (D1) in the fall; Erin Weisert, rising senior and USA Water Polo All American, 1st Team All State; Ana Warner, rising senior, 2nd Team All State and 1st Team All Region (goalie); Sophia Torres rising senior and 2nd Team All State; Gabi Gervasi, rising junior, USA Water Polo All American, 1st Team All State and regional MVP; Sydney Jones, rising sophomore and part of the 2016 2nd place State team.
Future Lady Dragons included Olivia Jones and Ashley Chand. Both girls will attend 7th grade at Dawson Middle School.
The 18U team placed 17th in the highly competitive 18U division. The 14U girls placed 15th in the Gold division. The 16Us did an outstanding job of coming in 19th in Platinum division.
Visit USAWaterPolo.org for complete details on the National Junior Olympics.