PHARR – A Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Water Polo team has been named the USA Water Polo RGV Champs after taking the win against Los Fresnos at the first ever Rio Grande Valley Championships held Saturday, May 12 at the PSJA ISD Natatorium.
In an effort to spark interest in Water Polo in South Texas, this year USA Water Polo sponsored a Rio Grande Valley High School Water Polo Season that allowed high school students 9th-12th grade from various school districts to compete.
PSJA ISD had the following three co-ed teams compete this spring: PSJA Black, PSJA Blue and PSJA Maroon. The PSJA Black team won against Los Fresnos 12-7.
Team members include:
Jose Gomez – PSJA ECHS, 12th
Julian Soliz – PSJA Memorial ECHS, 12th
Kaylan Esparza - PSJA ECHS, 11th
RJ Renteria – PSJA ECHS, 11th
Valeria Sifuentes - PSJA ECHS, 10th
Carlo Carranza - PSJA ECHS, 10th
Robert Allen - PSJA ECHS, 9th
Carina Campos - PSJA ECHS, 9th
Justin Gonzalez – PSJA North ECHS, 12th
Chris Vasquez – PSJA North ECHS, 9th
Mark Suarez – PSJA North ECHS, 9th
According to the PSJA ISD Aquatics Director Jonathan Landero USA Water Polo hopes to make this an annual championship event until the sport can be sanctioned as a UIL event.
"After the sanction, we will continue to run the RGV Water Polo Championships as the premier tournament for Valley teams," said Landero. "We believe by doing this, we are solidifying PSJA as the leader and pioneer in everything aquatics."