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.