Education Spotlight: PSJA ISD wins USA Water Polo RGV championship


PHARR — A Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD water polo team has been named the USA Water Polo RGV Champs after taking the win against Los Fresnos at the first ever Rio Grande Valley Championships held Saturday, May 12 at the PSJA ISD Natatorium.

In an effort to spark interest in water polo in South Texas, this year USA Water Polo sponsored a Rio Grande Valley High School Water Polo season, allowing high school students from various school districts to compete.

PSJA ISD had the following three co-ed teams compete this spring: PSJA Black, PSJA Blue and PSJA Maroon. The PSJA Black team beat Los Fresnos 12-7 in the championship.

Team members include:

>> Jose Gomez — PSJA ECHS, 12th

>> Julian Soliz — PSJA Memorial ECHS, 12th

>> Kaylan Esparza — PSJA ECHS, 11th

>> RJ Renteria — PSJA ECHS, 11th

>> Valeria Sifuentes — PSJA ECHS, 10th

>> Carlo Carranza — PSJA ECHS, 10th

>> Robert Allen — PSJA ECHS, 9th

>> Carina Campos — PSJA ECHS, 9th

>> Justin Gonzalez — PSJA North ECHS, 12th

>> Chris Vasquez — PSJA North ECHS, 9th

>> Mark Suarez — PSJA North ECHS, 9th

According to the PSJA ISD Aquatics Director Jonathan Landero, USA Water Polo hopes to make this an annual championship event until the sport can be sanctioned as a University Interscholastic League event.

“After the sanction, we will continue to run the RGV Water Polo Championships as the premier tournament for Valley teams,” Landero said. “We believe by doing this, we are solidifying PSJA as the leader and pioneer in everything aquatics.”