JSerra Hosts Joy Splash to Benefit the NEGU Foundation

"Joy Splash" swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women's 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo.  Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register
“Joy Splash” swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women’s 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo. Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register

*By the OC Register

It was a day of family fun at JSerra Catholic High School’s pool for “Joy Splash.”

The event June 15 included swim relays, face painting, games, music, food and a chance to meet pro athletes like U.S. Olympic swimmers Kaitlin Sandeno and Chloe Sutton. Funds raised during the event benefit the Never Ever Give Up Foundation, which was started by Rancho Santa Margarita’s Jessie Rees, who died at age 12 of brain cancer.

To view the photo album from the event click Joy Splash.

JSerra Hires Former Hong Kong National Water Polo Player

*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School 

January 27, 2012—(San Juan Capistrano, CA)—JSerra Catholic announces the hiring of former Hong Kong National water polo player Paul Cruzan as JSerra’s new boys water polo head coach.

“We are excited to have Paul join the JSerra Aquatics program.  He has some innovative ideas about how to boost JSerra in the Trinity League and Division I water polo.  He will bring vibrancy to the program, and his work and educational experiences will help in mentoring the JSerra student athletes beyond the pool and into the real world,” said Julie Swail, JSerra Aquatics Director.

Cruzan is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a degree in business administration and a member of the National Cum Laude Society. Graduating number two in his class, Cruzan worked in Mergers & Acquisition at Morgan Stanley for over four years in New York and Hong Kong.

“Having such an accomplished athlete and well educated coach added to our staff, will help develop balanced athletes in and out of the classroom, and we look forward to utilizing Paul’s experience to the fullest,” said Dave Lawn JSerra Athletic Director.

Cruzan has been a member of Cal Berkeley, Hong Kong National, and Annapolis National Junior Olympic gold medalist water polo teams. With over twenty years of experience. Cruzan brings widespread knowledge and experience to the JSerra aquatics program.

“I am extremely excited to become a part of JSerra’s aquatics program and hope to contribute to it’s tradition of excellence. I look forward to sharing my passion for water polo and swimming with JSerra athletes,” said Cruzan. “My goal is to create a fun yet challenging environment in which each of our players can reach their fullest potential, and I can’t wait to get started.”

The news comes after the varsity boys water polo team finished their season with 18-11 placing second in the Trinity League, with seven scholar athletes. 

About JSerra Catholic High School

Just nine years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

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Walking the Line in Costa Rica Gets Sage Pfeiffer’s Heart Beating

Sage Pfeiffer, JSerra Water Polo

Walking a deteriorating suspension bridge on a hike in Costa Rica is no walk in the park. But then again, neither is playing water polo. Sage Pfeiffer (15) will be entering her second year of Lions polo, but the sport is no new game to her. Her father an All-American water polo player, mother a swimmer, and grandfather a college polo coach, Sage has always been destined for aquatic greatness. JSerra Blog sat down with Sage to see what exactly it is that made her choose Lions polo.

Interests/hobbies:

I love going to the beach and surfing with my friends and family, I guess I just love the water.

Summer Plans:

I’m working on getting my license, so drivers education. But I plan to go to the beach, run, surf, and work on my water polo skills and leg strength.

What did you like about the water polo camp?

I love the individual time with coach Julie. She’s amazing and working on my individual as well as our team skills is so helpful.

Why did you choose JSerra?

Because of Coach Julie, the campus, teachers, and education I’ll be getting.

What are you looking forward to most this summer/camp?

The league games. It helps me improve my overall game and helps me get to know my new teammates better. We work so well as a team so getting to know the new girls is something I’m really looking forward to.

Best summertime memory?

Hands down surfing with the polo girls at San Onofre beach. I loved it!

Favorite position?

Defensively I like being the 2-meter man guard and offensively I love playing set. I guess I’m kind of a different person in the water. I’m really nice, but in the water I’m aggressive if I need to.

The best thing about playing for JSerra?

I just love my teammates and Coach Julie so much that it really helps me enjoy the sport even more than I already do.