Wednesday, July 18 , 2018, 2:09 am | Fair 64º

 
 
 
 
Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with The Lab and American Riviera Bank
The LabAmerican Riviera Bank
Water Polo

805 Santa Barbara Water Polo Club Wins 18U Gold, 16U Bronze at U.S. Club Championships

805 Santa Barbara Water Polo 18-under team. Click to view larger
The 805 Santa Barbara 18-under girls water polo team won the gold medal at the U.S. Club Water Polo Championships. (Courtesy photo)

Abbi Hill, Olivia Kistler, and Ryann Neushul of the 805 Santa Barbara Water Polo Club equaled the record of their older sisters by winning Santa Barbara’s first 18-under girls title at the U.S. Club Water Polo Championships since 2012, when future collegiate and national team stars Kodi Hill (Dos Pueblos High/UCLA), Laurel Kistler (DPHS/UCSD), and Jamie Neushul (DPHS/Stanford) helped win the championship. 

The coaching trio of Connor Levoff, Cathy Neushul and Pam Tanase had the help from many of the nation’s best 18U players. The team of Jordan Duggan, Giselle Lewis, Hill, Chloe Pena, Grace Raisin, Piper Smith, Kayla Peacock, Georgia Ransone, Neushul, Kistler, Thea Neushul, Sarah Owens Fiona Kuesis, Sara Engmyr, Sophie Leggett and goalie Anna Cable went 6-0 in the tournament.

805 defeated Royal 559 (13-4) before knocking off strong Carlsbad (9-4) and Diablo (9-4) teams.  In Saturday's quarterfinal, the 805 18s beat Northwood, 9-5, and knocked off perennial power SoCal in the semifinals, 11-7. 

In a tight final, 805 never trailed against 680, widening a one-goal lead in the fourth quarter to win 6-3 and their first 18U title in six years.

Santa Barbara’s 16U girls came within a hair of winning another championship.  Led by Levoff, Neushul and Tanase, 805 blew out Lamorinda, 13-1, and Royal 559, 17-1, before knocking out a powerful Commerce, 11-6, in the quarterfinals.  A close 4-3 loss to Rose Bowl in the semifinals put 805 in the Bronze Medal Game, where they stifled a strong SoCal team, 6-2.

805 SB Water Polo 16U team Click to view larger
The 805 Santa Barbara 16U team took the bronze medal. (Courtesy photo)

The U.S. Club Championships are an invitation event. Entries are based on previous year's tournament results, finish in the Cal Cup, Junior Olympics and other major tournaments.

The 16U Bronze Medalists include Faith Tedesco (goalie), Catherine Ahumada, Ella Prentice, Abigail Hendrix, Sabina Shackelford, Claire Kronen, Megan Musick, Angie Drake, Mary Rhodes, Rachel Ahumada, and Anne D Kleer.  Hannah Meyer and Cassidy Miller missed the tournament due to travel with Team USA’s Youth Team at the 2018 UANA Junior Pan American Championship in Clearwater, Fla.

Many of 805’s 18U players will join 805 Santa Barbara senior national teamers Paige Hauschild, Amanda Longan, and Ryann Neushul at this weekend’s Women’s Senior National Tournament in Orange County.  Play begins on Friday.

Summer club competition culminates later this month with the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympic Championships.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >