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January 3, 2000 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Even when she was an infant, Meghan Peart showed signs that she would become a swimmer. "Meghan has always loved the water," Peart's mother, Charlyn, said. "She loved to be in the bathtub when she was a couple of months old. When she was 6 months, we took her to family swims at the high school. She loved to splash around in the water. " The playful splashing at the Upper Perkiomen High pool eventually turned into powerful swimming. Peart, a 10th grader at Germantown Academy and a resident of Green Lane, is the nation's No. 1-ranked 15-year-old in the 50-meter freestyle.
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December 1, 1998 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When the North Penn boys dive into the water during the Pennsbury Relays on Friday, they will be in top condition. Most of the Knights are members of the water polo team, which plays between August and November. And water polo is a good adjunct to competitive swimming. "Water polo enhances swimming because it provides great conditioning," said Bill Bartle, North Penn's swimming and water polo coach. "Water polo is training, in some regards, for swimming. Also, it is participation in a sport that takes minds off swimming.
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July 31, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Maggie Steffens made sure her first touch of the ball at the Olympics counted. And nearly every other one after that, too. In her Olympic debut, the 19-year-old Californian scored seven goals - six in the first half alone - and the U.S. women's water polo team survived a pesky Hungarian squad to win its opening match Monday in the London Games, 14-13. "It's awesome. My heartbeat is still pounding. I'm walking through here and just kind of taking a deep breath and letting it sink in," Steffens said.
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October 3, 2010 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
The PIAA website offers some interesting details about high school sports in Pennsylvania. For instance, 735 PIAA schools play boys' basketball, 422 play girls' tennis, and 588 have football teams. No numbers are listed for water polo, and the site's water polo page is practically blank. That's because there are few PIAA water polo teams - 22 for boys, 21 for girls - so few that the organization doesn't sponsor championships in the sport. The numbers don't seem significantly better among non-PIAA schools, either.
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November 19, 2003 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Matt Deasey's plan was to give the Virginia basketball team a shot as a walk-on, but thanks to a sprained ankle, the freshman ended up on the water polo team instead. Deasey, a former Episcopal Academy basketball standout, sprained his right ankle playing a pickup game of soccer at Virginia early in the school year. Deasey knew he wasn't going to play basketball with the ankle sprain, so he decided to give water polo a try. He had been a third-team high school all-American playing the sport at Episcopal.
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December 19, 1996 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
North Penn's Eric Umlauf and his sister, Andrea, use another sport to prepare for the swimming season, and it may be one of the reasons why the school has been successful in the Suburban One League and the district. The Umlaufs play water polo, and they play it well. A senior goalie on North Penn's boys' team, Eric helped the Knights upset Wilson-West Lawn, 16-14, for the state title Nov. 2 at Pottsville. A sophomore center/driver on North Penn's girls' team, Andrea was instrumental in the Maidens' second-place finish in the state behind Cumberland Valley on the same day. The Umlaufs are two of many North Penn swimmers who use water polo as a springboard into the swimming season.
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July 30, 1987 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Johnson will be heading off to powerhouse Stanford and Mike Johnson has just returned from a trip with the U.S. National team to Europe, but the Fort Washington brothers will take time off from their travels to head the Region 1 water-polo team in the 1987 Keystone State Games. The Johnson brothers, who led Germantown Academy to a second-place finish at the Eastern High School championship in the fall, excel at a sport that gets little notice in the Philadelphia area - or much of the rest of the country outside California.
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July 15, 1992 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
At 33, Terry Schroeder was the oldest athlete in this year's "Superstars" competition. He also was the most lightly regarded. After all, he is only a water polo player. "As I introduced myself to the other (athletes), I could see it in their eyes," Schroeder said. "They were thinking, 'This guy will be a pushover. "' Think again, fellows. Schroeder finished second in a field of 20 athletes that included eight pro football players (Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner was one)
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January 8, 2004 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Peter Van Buskirk had tried his hand at several sports - squash, tennis, swimming, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse - early in his athletic career. By his own admission, the 2000 Episcopal Academy graduate was average in most of them. But he found his niche playing water polo for the Churchmen, starting in ninth grade. This past season, Van Buskirk, a junior goaltender for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped spark his team to the top ranking in Division III with a 23-9 record, including a 12-5 mark against Division I opponents.
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August 14, 1988 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
Michael Johnson, 18, of Fort Washington, scored two goals to lead the Southeast to a 12-7 victory in water polo over the East in the second round of the Keystone Games competition yesterday at the North Valley Swim and Tennis Club in nearby Jenkins Township. The Southeast team has taken home gold medals from five of the last six Keystone Games and is the favorite to win today's final. The team will be meeting the winner of last night's game between Central and West, which the Southeast defeated Friday night, 9-6, behind four goals by Johnson.
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August 14, 2012 | By Drew McQuade and Daily News Staff Writer
LINGERING Olympics questions: Is that why they call it BAD minton? Who else exclaimed, "Oh the humanity" after seeing Al Roker in a wrestling singlet? Why did Manteo Mitchell take it so literally when someone said "break a leg" before his 4x400 run? When did teenagers start drawing up bucket lists? Shouldn't Gabby be named Smiley? Why was Kim Kardashian's stepdad interviewing athletes? Is Ryan Seacrest a sportscaster now? How many Chevys did that Spandau Ballet reference sell?
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August 14, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The numbers have been much ballyhooed, that the United States won the most medals at the 2012 Summer Games - 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze, for a grand total of 104 hunks of shiny hardware. But every member of each victorious team sported a personal gleaming medallion, which raises the question: Was each one counted among the oft-reported tally? Nope, that 46 golds is the number of events won. The actual medal handout was much higher: 147 gold, 63 silver and 46 bronze, for a total of 256, according to a Team USA list at nbcolympics.com ( http://ow.ly/cVyEi )
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday. The Americans overpowered a young Spanish team at both ends of the pool to lead, 5-2, by halftime and never looked back. "I am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," captain Brenda Villa said. "I can't describe it. It's the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending.
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August 9, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Adam Krikorian made a terrible blunder, and it almost cost the United States a spot in the women's Olympic water-polo final. Lucky for him, Maggie Steffens and Kami Craig were there to pick up their beleaguered coach. Steffens and Craig scored in overtime Tuesday after Krikorian handed a last-second penalty to Australia, and the Americans held on to win, 11-9, and advance to Thursday's final against unbeaten Spain. In a bruising match between the favorites coming into the London Games, the Americans appeared to have the win wrapped up in regulation after Australia captain Kate Gynther's shot rattled the crossbar in the closing seconds.
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August 9, 2012
Vuong Tong, Philadelphia born and raised, graduated in 2008 from the University of the Arts and moved to London a year ago to attend the University of the Arts there, no relation other than in name. He was swept up in the spirit of the Olympic Games and volunteered. Tong, 26, worked as a marshal at the opening ceremonies. He helped parade teams from North Korea, Micronesia, and the United States on the long walk from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium for the ceremony. He got to meet and pose for photos with several stars.
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August 8, 2012 | By Danica Kirka, Associated Press
LONDON - Lucy Stewart says she likes water polo - even if it doesn't have horses. Like many spectators at the London Olympics, Stewart was watching with perplexed pleasure Monday as Australia beat Greece in men's preliminary play. She had never been to a water polo match before. "I did think until a week ago that it was horses. My husband had to explain that it wasn't," she said somewhat sheepishly. "I was completely clueless. " Stewart is absolutely not the only fan at these Olympics watching a sport she's never seen before.
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August 7, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Katie Taylor stepped through the ropes and into the madness, beaming at thousands of flag-waving, face-painted Irish fans raucously celebrating her Olympic boxing victory. The pound-for-pound world champion clenched her fists and roared right back at them. The debut women's tournament stopped being just historic and started getting passionate in the quarterfinals Monday. Twelve fighters made sure they're heading home with medals, but everybody still wants to upgrade.
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August 6, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
OSCAR PISTORIUS' plan now is to go even quicker at the next Olympics. The double-amputee sprinter said he's setting his sights on Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after finishing last in his 400-meter semifinal at the London Games on Sunday night. "In 2016, I'll probably be at my peak in Rio. I'm looking forward to that more than anything," he said. He will turn 30 in November of that year. The South African still expects to run the 4 x 400 relays here, which start Thursday. Then he will try to defend his 100, 200 and 400 titles at the Paralympics.
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August 5, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - They got a game - and then some. The Americans got a scare. Two days after running and gunning to a record-shattering 83-point win, the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team had to come back in the fourth quarter for a 99-94 win over a fearless Lithuania team that had the world's best squad in serious trouble until the closing minutes. LeBron James scored nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes for the U.S. (4-0). The Americans were reminded that the path to the gold medal is loaded with traps, and Lithuania nearly sprang one. Tony Parker scored 22 points and Nicolas Batum added 19, leading France past Tunisia, 73-69, for its third straight victory.
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August 4, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the U.S. women's water polo team beat China, 7-6, in its final preliminary-stage game to remain undefeated at the London Olympics. The U.S. finished the preliminary round even with Spain at the top of Group A with five points. But Spain earned the top spot because of the tiebreaker, making the Americans the group's second-seeded team for the knockout stage. The U.S. will play 2012 European champion Italy in Sunday's quarterfinals.
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