BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. Saturday morning at the St. Francis College pool, the first-ever NY/NJ U12 water polo tournament took place, with six teams playing 2 matches apiece in front of a large crowd of parents and supporters.

The day’s winner was the Princeton Tigers Water Polo Club, which swept matches from host Brooklyn Heights St. Francis (12-8) and Y Pro Water Polo Club (13-5). BHSF won their other matches by 12-7 over Y Pro. Also splitting two matches were the Imagine Swimming Makos, winning 8-5 over the so-called St. Makos squad — consisting of girls from the BHSF and Makos rosters — and losing 12-7 to Y Pro. The St. Makos dropped both of their matches, including a 10-7 decision to Y Pro.

With two squads entered, Y Pro of Sheepshead Bay finished the day with an overall record of 2-2 and — more importantly — saw their youngest U12 swimmers gain invaluable experience in tournament play.

Sponsored by the New York City Aquatics Partnership, a Brooklyn-based non-profit dedicated to promoting youth aquatics programs in New York City, the NY / NJ tournament has proven to be an ideal opportunity for novice and experienced players from the New York City metropolitan area to compete.

The tournament's next date is tentatively scheduled for March 11th in Princeton. Previously all teams, as well as Westfield Y, competed last month at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ.

 Photo courtesy Carl Quigley, St. Francis Aquatics

Photo courtesy Carl Quigley, St. Francis Aquatics