Déjà Vu All Over Again: Girls’ Bracket Begins Today at 2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics

Photo Courtesy: USA Water Polo/KLC Fotos

Today begins Part Two of the world’s largest water polo tournament, otherwise known as the 2018 USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics, as the girls get underway at 7am at multiple pools around the San Jose region.


Approximately 360 teams will play 1,464 matches between today and Sunday, July 29 in two different divisions; Championship (the top level of qualification from JO regional competition) and Classic (second-tier competition). There’s also a 10U coed division consisting of 48 teams; this is the only coed competition at JOs.

Multiple finals will be held on Sunday; for the Championship and Classic divisions, as two champions are crowned in each division: a Platinum winner for top bracket of teams as determined by pool play, and a Gold winner for the next bracket of teams.

For the boys, there were 1,621 matches over four days in four age groups (12U, 14U, 16U and 18U) and three different levels (Championship, Classic and Invitational). Following are the winners in all three categories.


Photo Courtesy: USA Water Polo/KLC Fotos

Championship (Platinum)

12U Boys
1. Vanguard – MVP – Ryder Dodd
2. Newport Beach
3. San Diego Shores

14U Boys
1. Vanguard – MVP – Logan McCarroll and James Rozolis-Hill
3. LA Premier

16U Boys
1. SOCAL – MVP – Riley Pittman
2. CC United
3. San Diego Shores

18U Boys
1. Cozy Boys – MVP – None selected
2. Stanford
3. Vanguard


Photo Courtesy: Wendy Chastain

Championship (Gold)

12U Boys
South Bay United
American River
Shore Aquatics

14U Boys
Huntington Beach
CDM Aquatics
American River

16U Boys
SoCal Gold
Royal 559

18U Boys
Stanford Water Polo Club


Photo Courtesy: Catharyn Hayne

Classic (Platinum):

12U Boys
SC Tritons

14U Boys
SB 805 B

16U Boys
Redlands Renegades A
Newport Beach Water Polo
Tustin Irvine Patriot A

18U Boys
North San Diego Stars
Elite Water Polo
SB Premier


Photo Courtesy: Scott Dickson

Classic (Gold):

12U Boys
Thunder Black

14U Boys
Trojan B

16U Boys
CDM Aquatics Blue A
Raptor A
Carlsbad A

18U Boys
CC United B
Foothill Black B


14U Boys
Rancho Tsunami

16U Boys
SC Tritons Black B
Trojan Gold B

18U Boys
680 B
Flo Water Polo

Editor’s Note: Swimming World is on the ground all week with stories and quotes from the 2018 USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics. Look for our coverage of the largest youth water polo tournament in the world. If you want to tune into all the action at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center, check out FloSwimming’s link to the tournament; for pictures from various JO sites, visit this link for KLC photos.

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    Nice! Thanks!

Author: Michael Randazzo

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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