The Ninth Annual Cal Lutheran Invitational at the Samuelson Aquatics Center and Thousand Oaks High School got underway this morning with Cal Lutheran hosting Siena for the first of 25 games over three days at the two venues.
The first home game of 2016 for the Cal Lutheran women’s water polo season pitted the Regals against Azusa Pacific, falling 10-6, before the Violet and Gold dove in against Grove City (Pa.) for a nightcap in which the home team prevailed for its first win of the season, 16-2.
After back-to-back fifth place finishes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings, the Cal Lutheran women’s water polo team will look to an experienced group of 16 returners while adding nine newcomers to make some noise in 2016.
On 10 different dates in 2016, the Cal Lutheran women’s water polo team will jump into the pool at the Samuelson Aquatics Center for 14 games, including six at the Second Annual Tina Finali Invitational, as announced by head coach Craig Rond.
Cal Lutheran provides students the opportunity to experience leadership among their peers. Leadership for many student-athletes takes the form of being a captain on the court, field, track or in the pool. For sophomore Regals water polo player Maddie Campbell, her leadership, so far, has taken her to student affairs on the south side of campus.
For the final time of a stellar collegiate water polo career at Cal Lutheran, Jordan Card reeled in her third straight Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America selection. Joining the graduate with accolades were juniors Amanda Jones and Gina Merry who each garnered All-America Honorable Mention status for the first time of her career.
The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics is coming to town and California Lutheran University and the city of Thousand Oaks are honored to be hosting Special Olympic World Games delegations from four countries between July 21-24, 2015 prior to the start of competition on July 25 as a Host Town.