Amidst the customary excitement generated by the first of the fall high school water polo championships – Georgia and Ohio in particular – two new states are now members of that club. Connecticut and New Jersey each held state championships for the fist time in various forms last weekend.
Greenwich High School, long an eastern powerhouse, has won the inaugural Connecticut State High School Championships. The Cardinals defeated a club team from Greenwich Aquatics in a tournament that featured a much improved Brunswick High, and Staples.
The Greenwich High School boys water polo team concluded its season in championship style. Utilizing a strong defensive effort, the Cardinals won the inaugural Connecticut State High School Water Polo Championship Tournament, defeating rival Greenwich Aquatics in the title game at Connecticut College on Saturday. The Cardinals posted a 15-9 win over Greenwich Aquatics, which is based out of the YMCA of Greenwich, in the championship game. Brunswick went on to finish third in the state tournament, defeating Chelsea Piers, 16-9, in the third-place game.
Down south in Lawrenceville, NJ the Pennington School became the first boys team to win that state’s unofficial high school championship defeating the hosts 12-10 in the final. The first Garden State Water Polo Championships also featured Pingry, St. Benedict’s, and St. Peter. With programs growing in the Princeton and metro New York areas, the state could be poised for yet more growth at the high school level.
How sweet it is! Water Polo takes the Garden State invite Championship! State Champs of Water Polo! pic.twitter.com/Gxs7b7SN86
— Pennington Athletics (@tps_sports) October 31, 2015