Water polo is dominated by the West Coast. Four more from Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo commit to colleges. “I went and visited Princeton in late June with my parents [Rob and Julie],” Carver said. Matt Szabo is a sports reporter for the Daily Pilot. “I wasn’t making the decision for college strictly based off of water polo, so I wasn’t looking at teams’ past history, so it wasn’t that big of a deal for me that we were going to NCAAs,” Johnson said. The Tigers may have lost to Cal this weekend, but the two-goal margin marked their closest game against one of water polo’s elite teams since a 10-9 defeat to UCLA in 2004. For a lot of people that’s the collegiate level, and it’s an unmeasurable opportunity.” $30.00 . Carver, an attacker, is entering her fourth year as a key varsity contributor for Laguna Beach. Princeton improves to 15-1 overall. From the youth level to the NCAA, the California connections in the sport are undeniable. She also had 41 steals, another team-best total. Breakers alumni CiCi Stewart and Alana Evans already play for the Tigers, while alumna Cara Borkovec is an assistant coach. Oilers’ Ben Jacobs, a junior left-handed pitcher, will continue his baseball career with the Anteaters. Last year, she ranked fourth on the Breakers (33-1) with 37 goals, and her 60 assists led the team. In 2016, the Miami, Florida native became the first Black woman to represent the United States in Olympic water polo. “I didn’t really have this perspective when I was going into it, but now, I realize that my mindset was I will be me wherever I go,” Johnson said. For us, she was our leader in that sense this last year, in terms of just making the smart plays. “I think that pressure that I had to develop those skills, those are the things that I carry with me today. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Daily Pilot. It’s just crazy to me that there’s 11 of us, and all of us have worked so hard for so long. The class of 2018, led by Stanford-bound goalkeeper Thea Walsh, had eight college signees. Morgan McCracken, Esma Dollaku, and Anna Yu each scored for the Sagehens in the final period. Parents/Participants, Please note that all residential and non-residential summer programs, conferences, camps and activities through August 15, 2020 have been canceled. Carver said the seniors have a special bond in the pool, and hope to defend their back-to-back CIF Southern Section Division 1 titles this year. “I think back to Rachael’s dad, Rob Carver, who coached in them in 14s, and Scott Baldridge [father of program alumni Mackenzie and Bella Baldridge] coached them the year before,” Damato said. “The environment was very difficult; I had to create a structure for myself that I could operate through,” she said. Rob is a former Sunny Hills High and USC star in the sport. Johnson, who had scholarship offers from California schools, chose the Ivy League school in New Jersey and helped the Princeton Tigers to two College Water Polo Association conference titles, two NCAA women’s water polo championship bids, became the program’s all-time leader in saves (1,362) and notched 100 career victories. Carver comes from a water polo family. Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being. “It’s pretty amazing,” Carver said. A Southern California native and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, he has been covering sports for L.A. Times Community News since 2006, most extensively water polo and tennis. Several tough foes remain on the schedule, including No. Rachael’s younger sisters, Hannah, who’s a junior at Laguna Beach, and Kara, an eighth-grader, also play. Just ask Olympic gold medalist and Princeton alumna Ashleigh Johnson. Watch Queue Queue As a group, they’ve just been relentless.”. SAC will bring tougher path to CIF cross-country finals. “It's one of the highest levels of water polo that you can pursue. Edison High graduate Kyle Higashioka sees years of work rewarded with Yankees. The Tigers ended on a high note with a 20-8 victory against the South Florida Water Polo Club. All the latest on Orange County from Orange County. All Rights Reserved. Governor’s Cup regatta in Newport Beach announces date and rule changes for 2021. $60.00 . Rachael Carver, who is headed to Princeton, is one of 11 Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo seniors committed to play in college. I've always wanted balance in my life and career and Princeton was where I thought I could achieve that.” “I expected to be there; I was expecting to win every game I go into; I just want to compete, and I thought our team should be there.” “I want to be that person that little Black girls and little Black boys can look up to and see themselves and have that dream, and want to compete with me, want to compete against me and want to beat me,” She said. Return to Mt. Orange County All-Star Classic high school football game could be played in May. $54.00 for U-Store Members . What a testament to what she’s done not only in the pool but in the classroom, to be able to set herself up to do this.