Asher Smith

Asher Smith, left, competes in the Junior Olympic Qualifiers in water polo. 

From May 31 to June 2, Carpinteria Middle School students Asher Smith and Eli Sheaffer, along with Aiden Neuron, a middle schooler at Howard School, competed in the Coastal Zone Junior Olympic Qualifier with the Santa Barbara Premier Water Polo Club. Smith competed on the 14U team that finished 11th place out of 30 teams, securing one of the 15 available slots allocated to the coastal zone to earn a spot in the Junior Olympics in Orange County, July 20-23. Sheaffer competed on the 12U team qualifying for the Junior Olympics and finishing in 19th place (the top 20 qualifying). The young trio practice and compete with the Carpinteria Aquatics Club Tritons at the Carpinteria Community Pool as well as with Santa Barbara Premier at UCSB.    

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