2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Begin Today in San Jose

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SAN JOSE, CA. The largest age-group water polo tournament in the world gets underway in San Jose at 8 a.m. (PST) this morning. The 2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics begins with games in 34 pools all over the Bay Area of Northern California.

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Over the course of nine days, 400+ teams, over 10,000 athletes and 145 officials from across the country will collide on a national stage during a pair of four-day sessions. July 21-24 will see thousands of boys compete in eleven different brackets ranging from 12 and under to 18 and under over three different levels: Championship, Classic and Invitational.

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July 26-29 will see the girls compete in eight different brackets from 10-U to 18-U in two different levels: Championship and Classic. There is one coed level of play for 10-U boys and girls which also takes place from July 26-29.

Some of the top age group clubs in California—including 680 Water PoloFoothill, Rose Bowl, San Diego Shores, SETSHAQ, SoCal Water PoloTrojan Cardinal, Vanguard and many others—will compete for the right to call themselves the nation’s best against clubs from all over the country, including the Midwest, the Northeast, the Southwest and more.

In 2017, Vanguard defeated Santa Barbara Premier 14-7 in the 18U Boys final; 680 Water Polo held off SoCal Water Polo 7-6 in the 18U Girls final.

Swimming World will provide coverage from the different pools as it follows select teams progressing over the landscape of this massive event, with coverage of both the boys and girls 18-U Finals, to be held at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center; the boys final on July 24 and the girls final on July 29.

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Can’t wait for us to post? for the first time in event history FloSwimming will live-stream the JOs, starting this morning and will cover up through the end of competition on Sunday, July 29. Live FloSwimming coverage is available all day long from three courses at the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford. The Avery Pool, one course from the Baker Pool, and one course from the Belardi Pool will be streamed live to water polo fans for the duration of the tournament.

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Author: Michael Randazzo

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Michael Randazzo is a freelance contributor at Swimming World focusing on water polo. He covers polo all over the United States for SW and other publications, including the Collegiate Water Polo Association, Skip Shot, The New York Times, Total Water Polo, Water Polo Planet and others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children and roots for St. Francis Brooklyn polo.

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