The Huntington Beach Water Polo Club girls' 18-Under "A" team won a national title Sunday at the 2011 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics in Irvine.
Huntington Beach "A' took the Platinum championship by defeating perennial power Santa Barbara, 6-5, at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center. It's the first time a Huntington Beach Water Polo Club team has won gold at the national tournament, which was held for the 42nd time.
"They've had our number the last two or so years, so it's great to come through on the national stage," girls' 18U assistant coach Eric Benson said. "This tournament marks the end of the season and the final time that these girls will play together, so it's great to see them go out on top."