Liberty athletes lead Castaway Polo team to girls state title

July 3, 2009

By Staff

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Two Newcastle athletes were members of the Castaway Polo Athletic team that won the state water polo title last month with a 10-7 win against Mercer Island High School.
Mackenzie Maynes and Sarah Lowes both scored goals and had assists in the May 15 championship match against Mercer Island.
Castaway Polo Athletic surged to an 8-2 lead before the half and held off a late surge by the Islanders to capture the title.
Maynes, a senior at Liberty High School, will attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on an athletic scholarship to play water polo. Lowes is a junior at Liberty.
The victory capped an undefeated season, which was remarkable considering the squad had only seven members.
Water polo is the oldest continuous Olympic team sport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper.  So, any injuries or illnesses would have forced a forfeit, because matches require seven players.
Castaway Polo Athletic trains at the Edgebrook Club, near Tyee Junior High School in Bellevue. The team is made up of players from high schools that do not have water polo. The squad has players from Liberty, Sammamish, Eastside Catholic and Holy Names high schools.
Maynes and Lowes were also members of Liberty’s swim team last season.
The team is scheduled to participate in the U.S. Club Water Polo championships July 10-12 in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the water polo girls Junior Olympics July 30-Aug. 2 at San Jose, Calif.
Sarah Lowes (No. 8), of Newcastle, a water polo player for Castaway Polo Athletic team, in action during the state championship match against Mercer Island High School. contributed

Sarah Lowes (No. 8), of Newcastle, a water polo player for Castaway Polo Athletic team, in action during the state championship match against Mercer Island High School. contributed

Two Newcastle athletes were members of the Castaway Polo Athletic team that won the state water polo title last month with a 10-7 win against Mercer Island High School.  Mackenzie Maynes and Sarah Lowes both scored goals and had assists in the May 15 championship match against Mercer Island.

Castaway Polo Athletic surged to an 8-2 lead before the half and held off a late surge by the Islanders to capture the title.

Maynes, a senior at Liberty High School, will attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on an athletic scholarship to play water polo. Lowes is a junior at Liberty.

The victory capped an undefeated season, which was remarkable considering the squad had only seven members.

Water polo is the oldest continuous Olympic team sport. The playing team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper.  So, any injuries or illnesses would have forced a forfeit, because matches require seven players.

Castaway Polo Athletic trains at the Edgebrook Club, near Tyee Junior High School in Bellevue. The team is made up of players from high schools that do not have water polo. The squad has players from Liberty, Sammamish, Eastside Catholic and Holy Names high schools.

Maynes and Lowes were also members of Liberty’s swim team last season.

The team is scheduled to participate in the U.S. Club Water Polo championships July 10-12 in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the water polo girls Junior Olympics July 30-Aug. 2 at San Jose, Calif.

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