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July 21, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND
Sandy Nitta has competed in the Olympics, but she thought it was more exciting when she advanced to the final table last May in the World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. "For two days I couldn't sleep," said Nitta, the U.S. women's national team water polo coach since 1980. "The final table was like a major swim meet." Nitta, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics at Tokyo in the 200-meter breaststroke.
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July 21, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND
Sandy Nitta has competed in the Olympics, but she thought it was more exciting when she advanced to the final table last May in the World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. "For two days I couldn't sleep," said Nitta, the U.S. women's national team water polo coach since 1980. "The final table was like a major swim meet." Nitta, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics at Tokyo in the 200-meter breaststroke.
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December 17, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
If this were another day and age, a time long ago when riverboat gamblers could ante up while cruising down the Mississippi River, Sandy Nitta could coach her water polo team from the promenade deck without folding one hand. Or if this were another day and age, somewhere in the future, a person might be able to make a living as coach of the U.S. women's water polo team.
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December 17, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
If this were another day and age, a time long ago when riverboat gamblers could ante up while cruising down the Mississippi River, Sandy Nitta could coach her water polo team from the promenade deck without folding one hand. Or if this were another day and age, somewhere in the future, a person might be able to make a living as coach of the U.S. women's water polo team.
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July 16, 1999
Richard Foster, an attorney in Irvine and the only person to be elected president of U.S. Water Polo for three terms, will be among 14 inducted into the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel in Irvine. Foster, a former water polo player at Long Beach State, will also receive the U.S. Water Polo award, which is the highest honor awarded by the sport's national governing body.
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October 22, 1987 | RICK HAZELTINE
Laura Baker, who was an All-American swimmer at San Diego State, made good on her only shot of the match with three seconds remaining to give the United States women's water polo team a 10-9 victory over defending world champion Australia in an exhibition match at UC San Diego Wednesday night. The victory tied the series with Australia at 2-2-1. The final match of the series will be 8 tonight at Irvine's Heritage Park.
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July 27, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took only 100 years. Women's water polo will make its debut as an Olympic sport in Sydney, Australia, in September, a century after men's water polo debuted as the first Olympic team sport. But don't think there has not been women's water polo played in those 100 years. Dozens of women in Los Alamitos three weeks ago to watch the U.S. team and the five other Olympic squads play a tournament could tell you otherwise.
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October 10, 1991 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fighting off the effects of stifling early autumn heat, Maureen Mendoza trudged up a steep asphalt path toward the cafeteria at Rio Hondo College, where she is trying to build a more competitive water polo program. Mendoza, 30, has been selected the world's best female water polo player six times. She began playing on the boys' team at Wilson High School in Long Beach in 1976, and now is a member of the women's national water polo team.
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August 22, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez, Times Staff Writer
Sergio Jimenez splashed around the edge of Commerce's Aquatorium pool proclaiming the news to anyone willing to listen. "Brenda and Patty won 9 to 8," the 7-year-old said after the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Australia at the Olympic Games on Tuesday. "I thought the U.S.A. was going to win, and I was right!" Michael Phelps may still dominate headlines, but inside this Aquatorium, Sergio and his water polo teammates have been more captivated by the triumph of two other Olympians: Brenda Villa and Patty Cardenas.
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October 18, 1993 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Pinciroli left his native Brazil more than a year ago to get an education in the United States. Learning English is a Pinciroli family priority--Bill's older sister, Cristiana, spent a year of high school in Maryland to that end--and what better way to learn the language than immersion in California culture. Which way to the beach, dude? But Pinciroli had another motive for making the 10,000-mile trip north: water polo, another family priority.
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July 18, 1991 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If this is the U.S. Olympic Festival, this must be where she plays the part of a water polo player. Normally, Susan Ortwein considers herself a swimmer. Now that she is a national team member, the 1986 Point Loma graduate has switched allegiances, at least temporarily. "Today? I'm a water polo player," she said before West met East during the fourth day Wednesday of competition at Cal State Long Beach. Good answer.
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