May 30, 1990 |
In the past, Gavin Arroyo has considered swimming his top priority. And why not? After all, he was very good at it. Arroyo has been swimming competitively since age 6. He started competing with the Southern California Aquatics club and continued through his career at Villa Park High School. But in the last year, swimming has become Arroyo's second sport. Water polo, it seems, is paramount in his life.
April 25, 1989 |
Until coming to Villa Park High School, Gavin Arroyo was only used to taking his time in the pool. As a member of Tustin's Southern California Swim Club, Arroyo specializes in such distance events as the 1,000 and 1,650 meters--long races that take endurance and require pacing. But Arroyo has been asked to pick up his pace for Villa Park's team. He has become a sprinter. "When he first started swimming sprints for us, his mom was concerned," Villa Park Coach Jeff Ehrlich said.
September 24, 2000 |
When he marched in the opening ceremony, 18-year-old U.S. water polo driver Tony Azevedo couldn't help but be awed. "It was like, 'Oh, my God, I'm here. I'm talking to Marion Jones and Lindsay Davenport is sitting next to me,' " said Azevedo, a graduate of Long Beach Wilson High and one of the youngest players in the water polo tournament. "It was kind of a shock. But we had 11 days to sort things out. We're not here to meet all these people--we're here to rock and roll."
November 6, 1989 |
For the past six seasons, Villa Park water polo teams have waded into the Southern Section playoff waters only to lose in the quarterfinals. This year, senior two-meter man Gavin Arroyo believes, belongs to the Spartans. He could be right. This Villa Park senior class had the best record of any freshman-sophomore team at the school, 22-2. And then there is Arroyo, one of Orange County's premier high school players.
October 18, 1989
Austin Puts Canyon Volleyball Team Atop Century League Dawn Austin had 14 kills and 11 blocks as Canyon High School took over first place in the Century League with a 15-8, 5-17, 15-9, 5-15, 15-13 victory over El Modena Tuesday at Canyon. Canyon is 8-2 overall and 5-0 in league matches. El Modena falls to 4-1 in league matches.
September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.