Club director Jose De La Jara was happy Costa Mesa Aquatics Club, which started in late 2010 after Costa Mesa High opened its 50-meter pool, had three teams entered in the Junior Olympics. The 12-and-under boys won't soon forget their gold medals.
"[We're] a team just three years in," Zachary said. "We've only known each other for three years, and we pulled this off as a team."
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•In other local results from the Junior Olympics, the CdM Aquatics Grey 18-and-under boys finished seventh in the championship division. CdM, which featured nine players from Newport Beach and was coached by four-time Olympian Ryan Bailey, defeated SET, 13-9, in the seventh-place match at Newport Harbor High.
Newport Beach Water Polo finished 12th in the 18U championship division after losing to Carlsbad, 5-0, in the 11th-place match at Newport Harbor High.
The Irvine Kahuna 16U Black squad, which featured several players from Costa Mesa High, finished fourth in the 16U classic division.
CdM had its 16U "Blue" team finish 22nd in the championship division, and the 16U "White" team finished 11th in the classic division. CdM's 14U "Blue" team was 18th in the championship division and its 14U "White" team finished 14th in the classic division.
Newport Beach's 16U "Blue" team was 20th in the championship division. Its 14U "Blue" team finished 16th in the championship division, and its 14U "White" team was 18th in the classic division.
Newport Beach's 12U team finished a strong ninth in the championship division.
Session Two of the Junior Olympics, which features girls' divisions, runs Thursday through Sunday at pools across Orange County.