DIGEST: Junior Olympians Descend on Bay Area

Session one of the nation’s biggest water polo tournament is under way. Thousands of young athletes from throughout the United States have made their way to San Jose and its surrounding communities to vie for the title of the best club team in their age groups in the USA.

Only a few will ascend to the top step of the medal podium, but that’s not the point. A showcase for the expanding reach of the sport throughout the country, the tournament serves as a reward for the hard work each team has done to qualify from one of the 13 regions designated by USA Water Polo.

The first session is almost exclusively boys; the girls will follow a week from now.

News outlets from across the country have filed reports on local teams that have secured spots in the contest, including this TV report from San Antonio, Texas.

Links to the event and a digest of news coverage below:

2016 USAWP Junior Olympic Championships Home Page

Junior Olympics Live Results

Twitter Coverage, #2016JOs

MC’s Jarrett making his mark in water polo | The Herald Journal | news.hjnews.com
Ryan Jarrett made a lot of noise during the 2016 high school club water polo season as he consistently led his team in scoring and once netted an impressive 13

SOAK water polo club headed to JO;
OAKDALE — Sonora and Oakdale high schools join forces athletically very often. But for the past six summers, the rivals have combined to create SOAK, a water polo club that features different age groups of players. This past weekend, the 18 and under SOAK team qualified to compete in the

Growing Michigan Water Polo – MLive.com
Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, the WWP reached a phenomenal milestone this year by qualifying their two boys teams for the Junior Olympics this June after playing the qualifying tournament in Chicago.

Local water polo club heads to Junior Olympics
A local water polo club that formed last year is doing so well that they are already heading to the Junior Olympics.

OC Riptide qualifies for Junior Olympics – The Orange County Register
News: OC Riptide qualifies for Junior Olympics | junior, riptide, olympics, weekend, qualified, competed, water, huntington, qualifies, featuring

Narrows water polo teams gearing up for Junior Olympics | The News Tribune
One of Mike Kelly’s biggest water polo stars at Gig Harbor High School has returned to the Tides’ swimming pool.

Making a splash in Taft water sports – News – Taft Midway Driller – Taft, CA – Taft, CA
Sam Barnes competes in water polo and swimming, helps coach Tigersharks

Tracy represented at water polo Junior Olympics – Golden State Newspapers: Tracy Press
Local water polo players will represent Tracy at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics, to be held July 23 to 31 in San Jose.

Bay Area Sunset Aquatics water polo squad to play in JO National Tournament
Donny Mata has accomplished a lot as a former Division I swimmer, but now it’s water polo that he’s helping to put back on the map in Vallejo.The Benicia High water polo coach, who was previously a swimmer at Diablo Valley College

Buchanan athlete earns spot on USA Water Polo team; travels to Hungary | Fresno Bee
For a club that’s only been around since December, Royal 559 Water Polo Academy is already making waves in the national water polo scene.